ASSISTANT ORGANIST & DIRECTOR OF THE GIRL CHORISTERS
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The Cathedral is seeking expressions of interest from potential candidates to fill the role of Director of Girl Choristers and Assistant Organist. These positions may be filled by one or two people as circumstance permit. The position opens in January 2022 following Alex Goodwin’s departure to take up a teaching position at St John’s School Leatherhead (UK).
The Cathedral Choir is as old as the Cathedral itself and is one of the city’s most important cultural assets. There have been weekly and Sunday sung services since the opening of the Cathedral in Cathedral Square in 1881. The Choir currently sings in the architecturally stunning Transitional “Cardboard” Cathedral. The former Cathedral in Cathedral Square is being re-instated over the next several years, following damage in the Christchurch earthquakes.
Along with the cathedral and university chapel choirs of Great Britain, it is part of a unique, centuries-old tradition that has no equivalent outside the English-speaking world. Christ Church Cathedral shares with the Cathedral of St Andrew, Sydney, the distinction of being one of the very few cathedrals outside Britain to have its own choir school.
The Choir was formed in the image of the English Cathedral tradition at the time with a treble line of boys. In 2019, again following those same traditions, the Cathedral Chapter formed the Girl Choristers. The Girls are now an integral part of the Choir and sing regular services with the Lay Clerks and Choral Scholars. The present Choir consists up to 12 Lay Clerks and Choral Scholars and up to 20 boys and 20 girls.
The Cathedral Choir offers an unparalleled musical opportunity in New Zealand for first class musical training. The Choir has a wide and varied repertoire, ranging from the sixteenth century to the present day. The boys and girls in the Choir benefit from team-work and from the experience of working at a professional standard. They are all educated at The Cathedral Grammar School where they hold Choral Scholarships.
For further information and to direct Expressions of Interest, please contact Dr John Linker, Director of Music by email HERE, or phone: +64 21 105 0961