Wanted: Organist/Director of Music, Bathurst NSW

from early 2019

ALL SAINTS CATHEDRAL, BATHURST NSW

The Dean, Wardens and Parish Council wish to appoint a gifted musician to the role of  Organist/Director of Music in succession to Mr Gavin Tipping as he concludes his ministry at the Cathedral.

We are an inclusive Anglican Cathedral and parish with a fine tradition of choral music, a robed choir and an extensive repertoire.

The position includes a weekly choir rehearsal, two Sunday services and availability for occasional diocesan services and funerals.

The three manual cathedral organ consists of 31 ranks and 35 stops, and is probably the finest and certainly the most versatile in the Central West. It receives regular maintenance and is in excellent condition, its majestic tone matching the impressive and reverberant space of the cathedral.

Expressions of interest and a request for further details to the Dean’s PA:

2019 Organ Scholarship at St Mark’s Darling Point, NSW

(02) 9363 3657 | 1 Greenoaks Ave, Darling Point NSW 2027 | office@stmarksdp.org | www.stmarksdp.org
Organ Scholarship
Commencing 2019

In memory of Angela Livingston and Michael Robinson

In memory of two members of the congregation who had a particular love for the
choral tradition, St Mark’s Darling Point proposes to offer an Organ Scholarship, to
the value of $7,000 p.a. The term of the scholarship is for three years maximum,
subject to annual review by the Rector and the Church Wardens of St Mark’s.

The recipient of the Scholarship would be:

  • A professing Christian (references from a minister required)
  • A gifted organist who is intending to pursue a musical career, and is pursuing
    studies to that effect

The Scholar would be required to:

  • Play the organ at the 8am service and, when required, at the 10am service
  • Rehearse with the choir as needed
  • Give an annual organ recital at St Mark’s
  • Participate as requested in concert programmes at St Mark’s

The Scholar may also play at weddings and funerals, and may be separately
renumerated for this work.

The Scholarship will be awarded by interview and audition. The Rector, the Director
of Music, and one of the Church Wardens form the awarding committee.

Applicants should supply a letter explaining why they would like to receive the
scholarship, with musical and spiritual references. A short-list will be made from
these applications.

Applications should be emailed to – office@stmarksdp.org

Applications close Friday November 2, 2018.

News of RSCM Winter School, Sydney, 2019

NSW Chair, Ross Cobb, writes in the NSW newsletter Newsclef (July 2018):

“I’m so excited about our RSCM Winter school, ‘SydneyinSpires‘!
Running from July 6-14 2019, and assembled from across Australia and New Zealand, our celebration of all things wonderful in church music will be led by:

  • our old friend, the inspiring Dr David Hill, Director of London’s Bach Choir and Yale University’s Schola Cantorum;
  • London’s pre-eminent church musician, Professor Noel Tredinnick from the Guildhall School of Music;
  • Dr Stephen Cleobury, Director of the Choir of King’s College Cambridge;
  • Anne Marsden Thomas, director of the Royal College of Organists’ training programme;
  • St Eustache Paris’ Maître Thomas Ospital,

with many other experts from round the world, and with the National Youth Choir of Australia (NYCA) as ensemble-in-residence.

All participants will sing in the performance of Bach’s immortal ‘St Matthew Passion’…conducted by Dr David Hill.
Throughout the week, lecture-demonstrations, services, seminars, recitals, ‘flash choirs’, workshops, and concerts will be held in our finest churches and Cathedrals. Come and sing Evensongs with King’s College Cambridge’s Stephen Cleobury.”

Exciting stuff, indeed! Stay tuned for more information. RSCM members can read more in the Newsclef magazine, linked in the Members page.

Position Vacant: Director of Music, Christ Church St Lawrence


The Anglican Parish of Christ Church St Laurence, Sydney seeks to appoint a suitably qualified and experienced Director of Music. The position will become vacant in September 2018. Christ Church St Laurence is renowned throughout the Anglican Communion for the quality of its music and liturgy. The Parish Choir sings a wide range of repertoire, has undertaken several international tours, and has produced a number of acclaimed commercial recordings of sacred music.

The Director of Music is responsible for training and conducting the choir, planning repertoire in consultation with the Rector and music staff, and the ongoing development of a large and vibrant music programme. The music department includes a professional organist, organ scholar, choral scholars and a choir management team.

The position of Director of Music is a part-time appointment, equating to approximately 3 days per week. Stipend, conditions and a detailed position description are available on request. Applications and expressions of interest may be e-mailed to the Rector, The Rev’d Dr Daniel Dries fr.danielccsl.org.au or telephone 02 9211 0560 for more information. Applications close Monday 25 June 2018.

RSCMNZ Aus and NZ Summer School, Auckland 2018

Now is the time to begin thinking about and preparing for participation in the forthcoming RSCMNZ combined Australia and NZ Summer School 2018.

Dates: 9th -16th January 2018.

Course Director is Andrew Lumsden, Organist & Master of the Choristers, Winchester Cathedral, UK, ably supported by renowned local specialists.

Auckland NZ is the venue and Holy Trinity Cathedral, with its 2 new stunning organs and the beautifully completed Selwyn Chapel, is the hub.

Planning is well underway and because 2018 is the 60th anniversary of Vaugham Williams death, his music and that of contemporaries are featured.

More details here

Vale, Ralph Morton, FRSCM

It is with great sadness that we must report the passing of our RSCM Australia president, Ralph Morton, FRSCM.Ralph Morton 2

His brother, Graeme, reports that he passed away very peacefully on February 20, surrounded by his family, just as his favourite anthem, Like as the Hart by Herbert Howells, was being played in the ICU.

Among the tributes, a message has been received from Andrew Reid, Director of the RSCM, who says:
“I am sad for your loss, and ours, but like you I rejoice in Ralph’s faith and in the Resurrection, and I am grateful to have known a
man with no apparent ego who served others, the Church, the RSCM and his Lord so faithfully. Rarely has a person been so open to the good in so many different traditions within the Church, and that has been a great blessing to RSCM Australia.”

The funeral was held on Wednesday 2 March at St John’s Anglican Cathedral, Brisbane.

Winning Music from the Summer School 2016

The 2016 Summer School has taken place in Canberra. Here’s as taste from the final service: the choir sings the winning entry in the ACT Branch 2015 Composition Competition, an Old English setting of Psalm 33 by David Yardley:

If you weren’t there, see what you missed! Watch the Preview Video of the 2016 Summer School here

Ralph and Graeme Morton, FRSCM

Ross Cobb posted the following message on the RSCM NSW Facebook Group on January 30, 2016:

“Huge congratulations to Brisbane brothers, Ralph Morton and Graeme Morton on their awards of Fellowship of the Royal School of Church Music. Ralph and Graeme, respective directors of music at Brisbane’s St Stephen’s Catholic Cathedral and St John’s Anglican Cathedral, are two giants of the choral world in Queensland. They have encouraged and trained several generations of musicians and the excellent standards of choral singing in the whole of the East Coast are in the main main due to their selfless and unstinting work over many years. Australian music will be forever in their debt, and we rejoice that their amazing work has been further recognised internationally.”

Graeme Conducting
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Director of Music sought for Holy Trinity Cathedral, Auckland

Are you an accomplished musician and conductor with a proven track record in conducting choirs, a passion for sacred music and liturgy, and an ambition to take your talent to the next level?  If so, look no further than Holy Trinity Cathedral, Auckland, New Zealand which seeks to appoint a new Director of Music.

The Director of Music will:

  • Lead a committed Cathedral Choir in excellent music making,
  • Provide musical education through leadership of the Cathedral Choristers and as Principal of the Cathedral Music School, 
  • Be actively part of the Cathedral’s journey to Consecration, which includes the installation of the largest organ to be built in the UK since the 1940s, the acquisition of a new Chapel organ, and restoration of an historic George Croft organ.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a vibrant and positive Cathedral community, actively committed to the highest musical standards, in Auckland, one of the world’s most liveable cities. This role is a 0.75 position.

For a full job description and application package, please email the Cathedral Precentor:
The Reverend Dr Tony Surman, tony@holy-trinity.org.nz.  The deadline for applications is Friday, 2 October 2015.
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ACT 2015 Composition Competition announced!

This year there will once again be a Choral Section and an Organ/Keyboard section.
The Finalists’ Concert will be held on the first evening of the 2016 Summer School in Canberra.
The winning choral entry will be performed during the Summer School by the massed choir.
Please go HERE for more details.