FRIENDS OF CHINGFORD PARISH MUSIC
ORGAN SCHOLARSHIP 2019/20
We are looking for an undergraduate or post-graduate organist able to assist the Director of Music,
Michael Emerson FRCO, by accompanying the choirs of Chingford Parish Church in Sunday morning or
evening choral services and by directing the Choir.
At Chingford there is a Boys’ Choir, Girls’ Choir, Men’s Choir and the Chingford Singers (a choir of
Sopranos and Altos). The men sing with all of the choirs on different occasions. Also, on one or two
occasions each year a Chamber Choir is formed from former girl choristers who have gone on to
This Parish Church maintains on Sundays and Feast days a full musical tradition such as one might find in a
Cathedral – and it regularly sings in Cathedrals throughout England and Wales. There is an annual
Cathedral Week in England and occasional visits to sing in European churches, such as Notre Dame, Paris,
as well as venues in Rome, Venice Belgium and elsewhere. There has also been a USA tour to New York
and Washington DC.
Music is a much-appreciated part of the life of the Chingford Parish and thus Choral Evensong is sung every
Sunday. It is a tradition that the congregation sits and listens to the voluntary before exiting the church.
More information about the choirs and music can be found HERE
This Scholarship is being offered for the first time. The appointed Organ Scholar would be in a position to
influence the way the duties of the post are shaped in future years. The Post would initially be offered for
one year but it could be extended annually thereafter. We are looking for someone who can take up the
Scholarship for the period September 2019 to August 2020, although it may be possible to arrange a start
earlier in 2019 on a separate basis.