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Choir Lay Clerk (Tenor)

Lay Clerk (Tenor)

The College

Gonville and Caius College is one of the largest colleges in the University of Cambridge. It is an educational charity and its mission is to provide a place of education, religion, learning and research, in conjunction with the University that is recognised internationally as being of the highest standard.

The College is an academic community comprising some 530 undergraduate students, 250 graduate students, and 110 Fellows (lecturers, professors and other senior academic researchers and teachers) and almost 200 staff. It plays a significant role throughout the University. Our students come from all over the world and our undergraduates study all the subjects offered in the University. Our postgraduates play a vital role in the research activities of the wider University. Our Fellows have globally renowned research expertise ranging from Ancient History to Cosmology and are all recognised as leaders in their fields. The students who graduate from the college form an alumni group of approximately 11,000 individuals. They have achieved recognition in many walks of life and are resident in all continents. More information and virtual tours are available on

The Role

Applications are being welcomed for a Lay Clerk (Tenor) on a 1 year fixed term contract based in Cambridge, reporting to the Director of Music. The Lay Clerk will be required to sing in the College Choir on five days out of seven, comprising 3 services per week during the eight weeks of full term (Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday) and rehearsals on Monday and Wednesday evening. The Lay Clerk will also be required to sing at special services such as Solemn Eucharist for Ash Wednesday, Requiem for All Souls and Carol Services, and some Sunday morning services. The post-holder will therefore need to be available during full term (3 x 8 weeks) plus up to 5 weeks during the vacations for other Choir activities. Successful candidates will have appropriate vocal quality and technique, along with advanced sight-reading skills.

Accommodation is not provided, however post holders will receive expensed travel and accommodation (where necessary) for concerts, tours, recordings and broadcasts, plus fees where appropriate. Other benefits include free singing lessons with one of the College’s singing teachers.

The salary for the one year fixed term appointment is £3,500 with 33 days annual leave. Leave may be taken during the 2 weeks after Christmas, 2 weeks after Easter and the remainder between July and September by mutual agreement.

For full details of the Choir’s activities, please visit

Equality of Opportunity

Entry into a position with the College will be determined only be personal merit and the application of criteria which are related to the duties of the post and the relevant salary structure. In all cases, ability to perform the job will be the primary consideration. No applicant shall be discriminated against because of age, disability, gender, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, race, religion or belief, or sexual orientation.

During the applications process candidates are requested to complete the Equality & Diversity section as part of our Equal Opportunities Policy and monitoring process. The contents of this form will not be disclosed to the selection or interview panels.

The Applications Process

Your application must include details of 3 referees, one of whom should have detailed knowledge of your musical ability and suitability for this post. The deadline for applications is 12 noon BST on Tuesday 11 August 2020. 

Interviews and auditions for short- listed candidates will take place during August. Short-listed candidates will be asked to prepare two contrasted pieces lasting no more than a total of 10 minutes, and will be given some aural and sight-reading tests. An accompanist will be provided.

If you have any questions in relation to an application please get in touch with a member of the HR Team:

t: +44 1223 332 395