Through the generosity of the Church of St Paul's, Clifton, it has been possible to establish an Organ Scholarship, tenable at St Paul's and open to all students, not necessarily those intending to read for a degree in Music.
A Scholarship will be awarded bi-annually and the award will be made irrespective of the religious convictions of the candidate. The award, which will be renewable annually (normally for a maximum of three years), will be about £1050 per annum. Renewal will be conditional on satisfactory academic progress and on the efficient performance of the duties listed below.
Candidates for the Scholarship should already have accepted a place at the University and in addition apply for the Scholarship by 3 September for commencement of duties in October 2012. Application forms are available from the Music Department, University of Bristol, Victoria Rooms, Queens Road, Bristol, BS8 1SA, (Tel: (0117) 3314044, email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org).
The examination consists of organ playing, choir training and an interview at which both the Professor of Music and the Vicar of St Paul's, or their representatives, will be present. Candidates will be assessed on their familiarity with Church music repertoire and Church procedures and on their ability to train a choir.
The selectors reserve the right to shortlist applicants.
Normally the Parish Communion on Sunday mornings calls for Organ and Choir (with Anthem and Communion Motet) and there will be some services during the academic year of a predominantly Choral nature, including several evensongs. St Paul's has a number of families with children in its membership and has one morning service per month for all-ages together, using appropriate styles of music and liturgy. There is also considerable opportunity for initiating other musical events. The Scholar's duties consist of:
During the first year the Scholar will be the Junior Scholar working under the direction of and in collaboration with the Senior Scholar. In the second year he or she will have sole responsibility. In the third year, while retaining overall responsibility, he or she will have the assistance of the Junior Scholar.
The Scholar's duties will continue through the University terms and for the first and last Sundays of each vacation. On other Sundays the Church will accept responsibility for finding locums, or may arrange remuneration for vacation duties with the scholar.
Should the Scholar at any time be unable to carry out the duties for any reason, the Vicar of St Paul's should immediately be informed.
There is a good two-manual, draw-stop pipe organ at St Paul's which was completely rebuilt in 1975 by Messrs Daniel of Clevedon.† The church has recently purchased a fine Bechstein grand piano.
The choir is a voluntary body made up of about twenty members, predominantly students from the Music and other departments of the University. The Church possesses a library of Service music and anthems and there is an annual budget for the purchase of new music.
Prospective scholars will be interested in the following information about the four organs that are available at the University: