Assistant Director of Music Profile and Advertisement

St James-the-Great, Dursley, Gloucestershire

Applications are invited for the post of Assistant Director of Music at a friendly church where music is valued, and the thirty-six members of the choir, accompanied by an excellent organ, enhance the worship with a wide-ranging repertoire from Palestrina to Bob Chilcott. Further details of commitment and remuneration available from:

The Parish Administrator,

 The Parish Office,

St James’ Church,

 Dursley GL11 4JE                 01453 549280


St James-the-Great with St Mark’s Woodmancote, Dursley, Gloucestershire

Assistant Director of Music

St James’ Church is a friendly supportive Anglican community in the heart of Dursley which has enjoyed an unbroken tradition of excellent church music since the time of the Oxford Movement in the mid 19th century. Since 1933, there have been just three Directors of Music, and the choir’s repertoire is considerable numbering around thirty settings of the Mass, around twenty-five settings of the Evening Canticles (with six sets of responses) and literally hundreds of motets/anthems. In the past the choir has made  around two Cathedral visits each year, and, as well as the “local” cathedrals of Gloucester and Bristol, has sung further afield in Brecon, Birmingham, Hereford etc. It is hoped to resume these visits in the near future The church is used as a concert venue by local music groups and schools.

St Mark’s Church was built as a chapel-of-ease in 1848. About five minutes walk from St James it is supported by a small but devoted congregation. The choir sings for occasional services, but the Director of Music and his Assistant regularly accompany the 11.30am Sunday service which alternates BCP Matins, Common Worship Matins and Common Worship Communion.

The Choir currently comprises some 16 trebles/sopranos, 8 altos, 7 tenors and 6 basses with an average Sunday attendance of 26. The main Sunday service is the 10.00am Parish Communion (Common Worship)  at which the choir sings a setting of the Mass, a Psalm (to Anglican chant) and a Communion anthem as well as leading the congregation in the singing of four hymns. BCP Evensong at 6.30 is sung with Introit, a setting of the Responses and Canticles, and an anthem; usually on two Sundays a month – unless replaced by “occasional” services such as Carol Services, Remembrance, Major Festivals etc. All-age services happen once a month, and for these the choir is not required. The choir does not meet during the month of August.

Rehearsals take place for 30 minutes before each service, and each Friday from 7.00 – 8.00pm for the Juniors (when we have any!) and from 7.30 – 8.45pm for the Seniors.

The Organ in St James’ dates from 1888, and was originally built by Hill. Over the years it has had many additions and today has three manuals and forty-seven speaking stops. It features in the “Coffee Cake and Music” organ recital series which takes place on the last Saturday in the month from April to September.

The Organ in St Mark’s is a large two manual digital instrument by Rodgers dating from about 2002. It sounds well in the church’s helpful acoustic.

The current Director of Music, whose background in Church Music began at the age of seven (!) has been in post since September 1992, and having recently retired from school teaching is keen to further develop the music in the parish. At present, the Rector chooses the hymns and psalms, but the choral music is chosen a year at a time by the DOM.

The outgoing Assistant Director of Music has just finished his PhD at Bristol University and is moving to Cambridge to take up the post of Organist and Assistant Director of Music at Great St Mary’s Parish Church.

Further Information can be obtained from the Director of Music

The position of Assistant Director of Music

Will be available from January 2017  and the appointment will be subject to a probationary period of three months.

Key Duties

To support the Director of Music at agreed services by either playing the organ or conducting the choir

To attend Friday rehearsals and take them if the Director of Music is absent

To assist in the training of new and junior choristers

To share the playing at services for which there is no choir (e.g. All-age service)

To work with the DOM to cover absences etc

Essential attributes

A competent organist capable of accompanying in a wide variety of styles.

A good sight-reader

A real love of church music.

A good sense of humour

Desirable attributes

A relevant musical qualification.


The post will be subject to a DBS check


Salary per annum

For the work carried out at St James’        £2500

At St Mark’s                 30 services at £38  £1140

                                                          Total £3640

Occasional funerals (£70) and Weddings (£100)



Please apply in writing giving details of experience and qualifications together with the names and addresses of two referees.


Applications to be sent to The Parish Administrator

                                                St James’ Church

                                                Dursley GL 11 4JE