St Philip’s, Kelsall, Cheshire Connecting our Community with God

Our village church needs a leader who will direct and develop our music for worship. We have a small choir, several accomplished instrumentalists, an organ and an electronic keyboard - and a vision that worship should inspire our mission. As well as playing for services on Sundays and major festivals, you would encourage others in using their gifts in music and help the incumbent to select music for worship. You would be responsible for music administration. An ability to work with children (for which an enhanced DBS check will be required) is desirable. An Occupational Requirement has been established for the post holder to be a practising Christian in accordance with the Equality Act
Further information can be found at or by contacting the Revd Peter Mackriell, or 01829 752639

Applicants should send C.V. and the names and addresses of two referees to the Revd Peter Mackriell, or at The Vicarage, Chester Road, Kelsall, Tarporley CW6 0SA no later than Friday 28 April.

Salary to be agreed at RSCM rates, with fees additional.

Job Description

Leader of Music for St Philip’s, Kelsall

The role of the Music Leader is to direct and develop the musical aspect of our worship, playing for worship but also encouraging others to play instruments and sing, working with the Vicar, Readers, choristers and instrumentalists, to the glory of God and for the extension of His kingdom. An Occupational Requirement has been established for the post holder to be a practising Christian in accordance with the Equality Act.

Duties include:
directing the music at Sunday services; two a month at 9.00 a.m., all 10.30 services, and one evening service a month; and at services on Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day; playing the organ or piano, or sharing those duties with volunteers, as part of a music group; organising other musicians to increase participation; attending those services (even when not playing) except when on annual leave

playing for additional services for which notice has been given, for which there will be an additional fee

being available to play for weddings and funerals, whenever possible, or notifying the minister if unable to play

choosing hymns, songs and music for worship, in support of the Vicar, whose final responsibility this remains

drawing on and developing a range of music for worship from across the Christian tradition.

developing the church choir, to extend its membership and musical range, including the recruitment of children*

taking a weekly choir practice, except in the weeks after Easter and Christmas and during the month of August; and directing the choir in rehearsal and in worship

attending meetings to plan worship

reporting to the Vicar, as line manager

keeping records of music used in worship; recording and reporting to the copyright agencies

filing and storing music

arranging for the tuning and maintenance of the church organ

*this post qualifies for a Disclosure & Barring enhanced check

Remuneration and other contract details to be agreed with the right candidate, according to RSCM guidelines.