There’s a job specification circulated today for two Lay Clerk roles in Winchester Cathedral choir. I’m not interested in moving myself, but I did notice something unusual in the job requirements. It says that candidates will be Preferably educated to post-graduate level.

I’ve never seen this kind of requirement for a singing job before. People are often required to be expert musicians, good sight-readers, and be experienced in church music. Some lay clerkships are also combined with teaching roles in the cathedral school, and as such require some kind of teaching qualification and experience.

However, I’ve never seen a request for post-graduate education before – which is all the more puzzling, as the job spec doesn’t qualify why this requirement is in place. I can only think that the Director of Music is used to witty intellectual conversation in the pub after Evensong, and doesn’t want standards to slip.

Winchester Cathedral/Alto (Counter-tenor) & Bass/Baritone Lay Clerk

They will be involved in the daily sung liturgy at the Cathedral, as well as concerts, and tours. Suitable voice, at least three years’ choral experience and advanced sight-reading skills required. Preferably educated to post-graduate level.

Full details of remuneration and position available in information pack obtainable from: Sue Armstrong, Choir Administrator. Auditions will be held in Winchester on: Friday 7 March 2008. Closing Date: 29/02/2008
Contact Phone: 01962 857219
Contact Address: The Cathedral Office, 1 The Close, Winchester SO23 9LS
Contact Email: sue.armstrong(Replace with @)winchester-cathedral.org.uk