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Choral Director

£24,000 - £26,000 per year (subject to pro-rata)

The Diocese of Salford is looking to recruit an outstanding Choral Director to help deliver the work of the Salford Schools Singing Programme in diocesan schools. The Diocese of Salford is committed to a culture of safeguarding and expects all colleagues to share this commitment.

Diocese of Salford
Church of St John the Evangelist 250 Chapel Street, Salford, M3 5LL
Contract Type
Full-Time Fixed-Term Contract, Part-Time Fixed-Term Contract
Closing Date
1st June 2022

The Diocese of Salford is looking to recruit an outstanding Choral Director to help deliver the work of the Salford Schools Singing Programme in diocesan schools.

The programme forms part of the National Schools Singing Programme, founded and supported by the Hamish Ogston Foundation. Salford is one of six dioceses across the UK that has already established the School Singing Programme and under the leadership of Salford Cathedral’s Director of Music, Alex Patterson, the Singing Programme currently engages with over 650 pupils across the whole of our diocese each week.

Thanks to the generosity of the Hamish Ogston Foundation, the Diocese is now able to expand the work of the Programme by appointing a new Choral Director. They will lead weekly in-class singing sessions in schools and be responsible for both establishing and directing after-school choirs.

The Choral Director will also work closely with the Director of Music to contribute to the vision of the Cathedral’s Music Foundation, located in the heart of Salford. The Cathedral has undergone a musical renaissance since the appointment of its first full time Director of Music in 2020. It is now home to a family of seven choirs which offer progression routes for singers as young as six to make music in our beautiful Cathedral. Recent musical achievements include two BBC Broadcasts in 2021 (Sunday Worship and Midnight Mass both broadcast live on BBC Radio 4) as well as giving the first performances of music written specially for the choir by Amy Summers, Florence Maunders, and Peter Leech.

The Choral Director will be an individual who is passionate about the power of music to transform lives, with the drive to help us build on the recent successes at the Cathedral to achieve our Diocesan ambition to evangelise through singing.


Appointment Type: Part-time, 2-year fixed-term contract. Working hours: 35 hours per week (full-time) though part-time hours will be considered (minimum 20 hours per week), flexible working will be required including evening and weekend work. Location: Cathedral Church of St John the Evangelist (‘Salford Cathedral’), 250 Chapel Street, Salford, M3 5LL. Regular travel throughout the Diocese of Salford will be required (business mileage will be payable). Salary, pension, and benefits: £24,000-£26,000 per annum (full time equivalent), 25 days holiday plus UK bank holidays and 5 Diocesan closure days (all subject to pro-rata if part time), employers pension scheme.

The Choral Director will play a key role in the delivery of the Singing Programme within the Diocese of Salford, including working with the Director of Music to:

  • Identify and develop relationships with schools and parishes throughout the Diocese who may benefit from the Singing Programme.
  • Deliver outstanding singing sessions to school children in classroom and assembly settings within the school timetable and in line with the national curriculum.
  • Ensure that pupils are well equipped to provide music for collective worship in liaison with school colleagues.
  • Establish after-school choirs in strategic locations throughout the Diocese as progression routes for those taking part in the Singing Programme within their school.
  • Foster links between schools and parishes and seeking opportunities for after-school choirs to provide music in local parishes.
  • Provide CPD to teachers on a local level to up-skill and build confidence in leading singing in the classroom outside of sessions led through the Singing Programme.

The Choral Director will also have an active role in the ongoing development of Salford Cathedral’s Music Foundation, particularly in developing the newly established Children’s Choir and Youth Choir.

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Closing Date:
1st June 2022
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