Farm street Choir:
Vacancy For a Baritone
The famous church of the Immaculate Conception in the heart of Mayfair has a vacancy for a
baritone to join the team of leading professional singers (SSAATTBB). The choir – known as
the Farm Street Singers – sings for the Sunday 11am Latin Mass, extra services at Christmas
and Easter, and for numerous weddings and funerals. Occasional recordings are made.
While the post is likely to go to a baritone (or bass-baritone), applications for the deputy list
are also invited from basses.
The Farm Street Singers are directed by both David Graham (Organist and Director of Music)
and Duncan Aspden (Associate Director of Music).
There is a long tradition of building a uniquely vibrant and expressive choir from operatically
trained singers: past members include the dramatic soprano Susan Bullock. The current team
continues this practice, and includes soloists from the Royal Opera House and Glyndebourne
alongside members of leading professional choirs such as the BBC Singers and the
The successful applicant will have first-class skills as a choral singer (including excellent
sight-reading and intonation), but will have a big voice with soloistic potential and an
imaginative musical presence.
The repertoire is large, unusual and eclectic. It encompasses sixteenth-century polyphony,
Viennese Classical composers, Romantics principally from France and Germany, and a wide
range of twentieth-century music. Several works have been commissioned in recent years.
Gregorian Chant also takes an important place in the liturgy.
Remuneration (as at August 2015)
• Weekly Sunday morning mass: £75.
Rehearsal 10-10:40; Mass 11-c12:15.The Sunday after Christmas is said.
• Extra church services: £75 (rising to £85 at Christmas).
There are currently nine additional services per year: Advent Sunday
evening; Immaculate Conception (8th December); Christmas eve; Christmas
morning; Ash Wednesday; Maundy Thursday; Good Friday; Easter Saturday
and the feast of St Ignatius (31st July).
• Special services (primarily weddings and funerals): £98.
• In the event that the music for special services is audio or video recorded, appropriate
additional fees are paid.
• In addition, a small annual retainer is paid at Christmas time. The total package
would be worth around £6,000 to a singer available for every service.
The Singers are all busy professionals, and it is expected that their career will prevent them
from being present at all services. The Singers are responsible for booking their own deputies
(from an approved list) for church services. For specials, they simply notify their availability
– deputies are booked for them.
CVs should be submitted to email@example.com by 3 March 2016. Auditions will
primarily be held on 10th March in Mayfair; other times may be made available if necessary.
Some applicants may also be invited to deputise for one or more services, for which normal
fees will be paid.
NEW CD: BOTH GOD’S & MARY’S SON
A musical portrait of Farm Street Church celebrating fifty years as a Parish. The album includes favourite selections from the choir’s repertoire, along with special commissions composed for the choir by Gabriel Jackson, for which the choir gave the premiere performances. Compact Discs available in the BOOKSHOP and at the RECEPTION