Choral scholarships at Bristol Cathedral
THE CATHEDRAL CHOIR OF THE HOLY AND UNDIVIDED TRINITY
Information for candidates
The Scholarships (for male altos, tenors and basses) are tenable at the Cathedral Church of the Holy and Undivided Trinity, Bristol and are open to undergraduates, not necessarily those intending to read for a degree in Music.†There are up to 4 scholarships available at any one time, and the awards will be renewable annually (normally for a maximum of three years).†
Method of application
Candidates for the scholarships should apply for university entrance through the normal UCAS channels.† They should apply separately for a choral scholarship (forms are available from the Music Department on firstname.lastname@example.org)† You may also wish to contact the Director of Music: Mark Lee, Bristol Cathedral, College Green, Bristol BS1 5TJ, (Tel: 0117 926 4879, email: email@example.com) for any further information about scholarships, and their availability.
Successful candidates will receive formal offers of appointment from the University Arts Faculty.
The audition will consist of singing 2 contrasting prepared pieces, some unprepared sight reading and ear tests, followed by an interview at which the Canon Precentor and the Director of Music will be present.† The examiners reserve the right to short list applicants.
Duties and conditions of tenure
Choral scholars will be required to sing on one weekday service (currently Monday) and the weekend services. In addition Choral Scholars may participate in recordings, concerts and television and radio work with the Cathedral choir, for which additional fees will be paid.
Details of tenure
Renewal will be conditional on both performance of the duties and academic work being satisfactory.† Should a scholar at any time be unable to carry out his duties for reason of illness, he should immediately inform the Director of Music at the Cathedral.† Choral Scholars must check with their Department that duties of a Choral Scholar do not clash with any part of their course.
Details of conditions of appointment
- The value of the scholarship is £1393.20, which will be remitted monthly in arrears to your bank account in 12 equal installments of £116.10.
- You will be required to sing at 4 services a week, including Saturday evensong and two Sunday services. The other day will be Monday.
- On some occasions, the evening service will be a Sung Eucharist (at 6 or 7.30 pm), instead of Evensong.
- You are required to attend rehearsals as called by the Director of Music.
- Your engagement is for the Cathedral Choir terms, as it affects Lay Clerks.† †The details of these times will be notified by the Director of Music.† If chosen for a Choral Scholarship the successful candidate is expected to request such university accommodation as will enable him to reside outside university terms.
- The appointment is intended to be for the duration of your time at the University. It is, however, subject to an annual review by the Director of Music in consultation with yourself and the Precentor. It is also revocable by the Precentor in the event of a breach of discipline, but before such revocation you would be entitled to state a case to a review panel appointed by the Chapter.
- Leave of absence for good and sufficient reason may be sought from the Director of Music It would be the responsibility of the Choral Scholar to confirm deputy arrangements with the Director of Music and, if it is not special leave of absence, to pay the deputy fees approved by the Chapter. Absence without leave or without an explanation satisfactory to the Precentor will be regarded as a breach of discipline.
- Reverent behaviour must be maintained during Divine Service.†
- Good corporate and individual behaviour is required of all choir members in all public places and with all people whenever the choir is together either formally or informally.
- Unpunctuality in assembling or irreverent conduct during Divine Service or bad behaviour in public places will be regarded as a breach of discipline.