Choral Scholarship

London & South East

Organisation: St Mary's Church, Chelsea

St Mary's Church, Chelsea is seeking to appoint a soprano choral scholar/cantor from September 2020.

The parish of St Mary's, Chelsea is one of the oldest Roman Catholic parishes in Central London. The church, built between 1877 and 1879, is a 4 minute walk from Sloane Square, a 10 minute walk from South Kensington, and a 20 minute walk from London Victoria.

The choral scholarship programme at St Mary's was introduced in January 2017, and has proved to be a highly successful initiative that has helped to enhance the choir and support its members. The scholarship also provides opportunity for solo work, and there are numerous additional services that attract generous extra fees. While there are no restrictions on age or employment status, it is envisaged that the choral scholarship will best suit current university students, gap year students (pre- or post-university) or recent graduates. As a result, the commitments of the choral scholar can be tailored to fit with University terms as necessary.

The ideal candidate is likely to be:

Typical Weekly Commitment

The total weekly commitment is 2 hours each Sunday morning:

There is no service on Christmas Day. Attendance is, however, expected on Christmas Eve for a service at 10pm, as well as at services on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday. There are no administrative tasks associated with the role. The choral scholar is not required to sing during the Summer Vacation (usually from mid-July to the first weekend in September) and six further weeks of holiday are permitted.

* Due to current circumstances surrounding Covid-19, the exact duties of the choral scholar will be confirmed in due course. For example, if conditions dictate that choirs cannot sing together in the usual way, the choral scholar will be expected to act as a Cantor at both the 10.00 (Family) and 11.30 (Solemn) Mass. In any case, specific details will be outlined at interview and can be tailored to suit the needs and demands of the successful applicant.


Scholars are paid a basic annual honorarium of £750 plus generous extra fees for weddings/funerals as available through the year. Though the number of such services is not fixed, the post holder could expect to earn a considerable supplement from solo work. There were roughly ten extra services in 2018/19 - the same number in 2020/21 would bring the total honorarium to no less than £1,500.

The scholarship will run to August 31st 2021, and will be renewable by mutual agreement for a further year.


To apply, please send a CV, covering letter and details of two referees to the Director of Music, Jack Thompson, by email to

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 10th July 2020. The successful candidate will commence her duties on Sunday 6th September 2020.

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