The Oratory of Saint Philip Neri wishes to appoint a Director of Sacred Music and Organist to lead its busy music department in the lively and growing city of Cardiff.
The Congregation of the Oratory of St Philip Neri has been recognised as one of the outstanding custodians of sacred music in the Catholic tradition. Following the way of St Philip, the Oratorians believe sacred music is meant to assist those who experience it to raise their hearts and minds to God. Music is so important to the Oratory, that the order has given its name — oratorio — to an entire genre of sacred musical experience.
From the foundation of the Cardiff Oratory, Sacred Music has been at the heart of the Christian worship of the community.
The Clerks & Scholars of the Oratory, the principal choral ensemble, have been a highly regarded part of Cardiff’s musical life. Besides the weekly rhythms of High Mass and Solemn Vespers, Sacred Music at the Oratory is featured during quarterly Musical Oratory evenings, which serve as sacred concerts for voice, organ, and other instruments; at special events in the civic life of the City, like the Solemn High Requiem Mass for HRH The Duke of Edinburgh; at the annual Lessons & Carols, recently preached by the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury; at special services in the life of the Oratory, such as Ordinations.
The Parish Choir and the School Choir are also integral parts of the
musical life of the Oratory, with a strong tradition of volunteer amateur choristers stretching back for more than a century, to the beginnings of the St. Alban’s-on-the-Moors Church.
At the direction of the Superior of the Oratory, to lead the musicians associated with the Oratory to ensure excellent sacred music in the
Roman Catholic tradition as received by the Congregation of the
Oratory of St Philip Neri. This role is key to the delivery and development
of sacred music in the Oratory, both professional and voluntary.
Benefits include generous remuneration and strong clergy support for a well-respected musical programme with a tradition of excellence.
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Closing date: 12 noon on 2nd June 2022
Start date: 24 August 2022
Closing date: 02 June 2022