The Church of Our Most Holy Redeemer

& St. Thomas More


Choral Tradition

The strong tradition of Sixteenth Century polyphonic performance a capella at Holy Redeemer goes back to a happy coincidence in the early 1960s.  The then Parish Priest, Canon Alfonso de Zulueta - scion of a noble Spanish family with extensive ecclesiastical connections in Spain, began unearthing, from dusty archives in cathedrals, the much-neglected treasures of the Golden Age of Spanish music, now familiar names like Guerrero, Morales and Lobo.

The then Director of Music, John Hoban - later at the London Oratory - was so enthusiastic about the music that he formed the Scuola di Chiesa, based on the church choir, which promoted this unknown repertoire throughout the UK and continental Europe, and was heard regularly on the BBC and at the Promenade Concerts.

Hoban was succeeded on his move to the Oratory by a choir member, Malcolm Ferguson, a much-loved figure whose tenure was sadly cut short by his untimely death.

Director of Music

Appointment pending.

A Director of Music is required from October 2017.

The Director’s duties include rehearsing the choir and directing music at the 11am Mass on Sundays, Christmas, Holy Week and Easter, and occasional evenings.  He/she will be required to play the organ (hymns, Credo and voluntary), which is an enlarged Holditch with tracker action and eminently suitable for Bach and earlier music. The Director will also be required to organize music/singing for weddings, funerals and special services and concerts

The church boasts a fine polyphonic choir composed of 3 professional singers and 8 or so unpaid members specialising in the Renaissance sacred repertoire.  The Director will require all the qualities to deal with this mixed group of loyal professional and semi-professional singers.

Hours of work: 2.5 hours per week(flexible working pattern and will include evenings and weekends)

Closing date: Monday 31st July 2017

Interviews:  Friday 1st September, plus possible auditions in rehearsing and directing the 11am Sunday mass.

Start Date:  Sunday 1st October

See the link to the Diocese’s website for further information, to download an application form (no CVs) and for the email address to send your application to.

Music at Mass

In addition to the Spanish composers mentioned above, the current repertoire also regularly includes music by;

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

Jakob Handl (Jacobus Gallus)

William Byrd

Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck

Henry Purcell

John Blow

Thomas Luis de Victoria

Orlanus Lassus

Peter Philips

Thomas Tallis

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Claudio Monteverdi

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