Temple Church



Director of Music

Assistant Organist
Boys’ Voice Coaches
Choir Administrator

City of London School for Boys
PA to the Master of the Temple
Temple Music Foundation
Temple Music Trust
Choirboys’ Parents/Guardians
Sub-Treasurer and Under-Treasurer
Harrison & Harrison
Hazard Chase



A. The Choir

  • In consultation with the Master, to agree the musical liturgy for all Church services. These include Sunday choral worship and occasional Evensongs (all sung from the Book of Common Prayer, 1662), Easter and Christmas services, weddings and memorial services;
  • To oversee all aspects of the recruitment, audition, induction and training of the Choristers;
  • To oversee the recruitment of new Choirmen;
  • To supervise all rehearsal schedules;
  • To direct the Choir in all Church services, delegating to the Assistant Organist in consultation with the Master, as necessary;
  • To maintain close liaison with CLS and Choirboys’ parents/guardians.

B. The Organ

  • To be responsible for all aspects of the upkeep of the newly refurbished Harrison & Harrison organ in conjunction with Harrison & Harrison;
  • As well as directing the Choir, it is expected that the incumbent will give occasional recitals;
  • The regular series of Wednesday lunchtime recitals, open to the public, are organised by the Assistant Organist.

C. Concert Promotion

  • To be responsible for planning a series of concerts both at the Temple Church and external venues with the aim of giving the Choir a more public profile. This is to be under the supervision and approval of the Choir Sub-Committee;
  • To liaise with the Choir’s agent, currently Hazard Chase, and other organisations including the BBC and the Temple Music Foundation;
  • In particular to contribute to the participation of the Choir in events during 2015 marking the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta.

D. Administration

  • To be a member of the Choir Sub-Committee and make regular reports on current activities and future plans;
  • To agree an annual budget for the Choir;
  • To supervise the Choir Administrator.



  • The successful candidate is likely to have had substantial experience in a similar position, either at Organist or Deputy Organist level in a comparable ecclesiastical institution;
  • Wide experience of Anglican liturgy and its music, but also other musical traditions;
  • Highly capable Organist, at FRCO equivalent, and wide performance knowledge of the repertoire;
  • Direct experience of training Choirboys and supervising their vocal and musical development;
  • Ability to work in a collaborative way with the various organisations who contribute to the life of the Temple Church;
  • Experience of organising tours, broadcasts and recordings.


The basic salary for this position will be in the region of ₤32,500 p.a.. This does not include fees for weddings, memorials, funerals, concerts and other special occasions. The Director of Music might expect to earn upwards of £40,000 p.a. from his/her work at the Temple Church overall.

An unfurnished flat will be provided free of rent and community charge. An occupier may not let it or share it with a third party without the permission of the Church Committee.

A non-contributory Defined Contributions Pension Scheme is in operation (15% of basic salary).

A Life Assurance scheme is in operation.

A private medical scheme is available.

One Inner Temple car parking permit will be allocated to the Director of Music.

During term time, lunch will be provided in one of the Inns’ halls.





The Temple Church is one of the most historic and beautiful churches in London with over eight hundred years of history: from the Crusaders in the 12th century and close links to Magna Carta in the 13th through to some of today’s most famous church music in London.

The Church was built by the Knights Templar, the order of crusading monks founded to protect pilgrims on their way to and from Jerusalem in the 12th century. The Church is in two parts: the Round and the Chancel. The Round Church was consecrated in 1185 by the patriarch of Jerusalem. It was designed to recall the holiest place in the Crusaders’ world: the circular Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. It is a numinous space, and has a wonderful acoustic for singing.

It is the church of Inner and Middle Temple, two of England’s four ancient societies of lawyers, the Inns of Court; the church is here to serve the two Inns’ members and staff, and all those who work in this oasis of calm known as The Temple. The church’s congregations are varied: lawyers and their families; residents of London and the South East who love the church’s beauty, music and historic liturgy; and visitors from all over the world. The Temple is also a vibrant residential community.

There are two charities in the Temple that support the choir. The Temple Music Trust provides support for choir projects; in the past, this has included recordings, and singing and theory teaching. The Temple Music Foundation promotes concerts in the Temple which include concerts given by the choir.


The Temple Church Choir consists of eighteen boy choristers and twelve professional choirmen. It was re-founded in its present form in 1842. Its directors have been Dr Edward John Hopkins, Sir Henry Walford Davies, and Sir George Thalben-Ball, Dr John Birch, Stephen Layton (Fellow & Director of Music, Trinity College, Cambridge) and most recently James Vivian (Director of Music Elect, St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle).

The choristers all receive scholarships towards their education and the choirmen are all professional singers. The choirmen, most of whom are pursuing full-time an distinguished singing careers, are regarded as being some of the best that London can offer.

The church’s fine four-manual Harrison & Harrison organ has just undergone a complete renovation. It was rededicated in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh in May 2013. There is also a three-stop Robin Jennings chamber organ.

The primary role of the choir is to provide music for the church’s liturgy. The musical routine is outlined below.

In recent years, the choir has also been involved with many exciting extra-liturgical projects. In 2012, the choristers opened the Britten Centenary celebrations at the Aldeburgh Festival. In the autumn of 2013 the choir is scheduled to sing a Late Night Prom, a concert in Cadogan Hall, a Britten concert in the Church with Aurora Orchestra and a live broadcast on BBC Radio 3 as part of a week-long BBC pre-Christmas Festival from the church.

For 2014-5, plans are being made for tours of Germany and the USA and the next CD. The choir will be expected to play a large part in the Inns’ celebration of the 800th Anniversary of Magna Carta, 2015.

The choir is now represented by Hazard Chase.

The choir is committed to the performance of new music, and has premiered new works by composers such as Thomas Adès and Gabriel Jackson. In 2003, Sir John Tavener’s massive work The Veil of the Temple was commissioned for the Choir and premiered at the Temple Church and the Lincoln Center NYC with a ‘shorter’ performance at the BBC Proms.

There are two other ensembles associated with the church which were founded in 2006 by James Vivian: The Temple Players (a professional baroque ensemble cofounded by Joseph Crouch) and the Temple Singers (a professional mixed adult choir). Both groups perform at occasional services and events (the Temple Singers also perform at weddings, funerals and memorials when the church choir is unavailable).

The Director of Music is supported by a Music Administrator and a part-time Associate Organist. Singing and theory lessons are provided for the choristers on a regular basis.


The Director of Music is expected to be present at the majority of chorister rehearsals. He/she is also expected to direct or play for all services in the church during term time (and those listed below that fall out of term). Requests for absences during term time are to be made to the Church Committee.

The normal routine during legal terms is as follows:

Monday, Wednesday – Friday:
4.20 – 5.10* pm  Chorister Rehearsal & singing lessons
5.15 – 5.45* pm  Chorister Theory Lesson

(*at certain times, a rehearsal may be extended to 5.50 pm and theory is cancelled.)

(and Good Friday):
9.30 am  Chorister Rehearsal
9.45 – 10.45 am  Full Rehearsal
11.15 am Choral Mattins (Holy Communion on last Sunday of the month)

Weekday Services
(please see below):
4.15 pm Chorister Rehearsal
4.30 pm Full Rehearsal
5.45 pm Choral Evensong or Memorial Service


Occasionally, the Director of Music rehearses the choristers on a Saturday morning. In particular, this may be the case at the beginning of each half of term.

About 25 weddings a year are celebrated at the Church, generally on Saturdays, some with the choir. Some other special services can be scheduled for Saturdays. The Director of Music is expected to be available for Saturday commitments involving the choir. For non-choir services, he/she is expected to arrange cover by the Associate Organist or another suitable organist.

Weekday services (special services and evensongs) are generally scheduled to begin at 5.45 pm. The Director of Music is expected to give these priority in his/her schedule. Currently, Evensongs are sung by the choir on about ten evenings each year, including Candlemas, Ash Wednesday, Ascension Day, St Peter’s Day, St Luke’s Day, All Souls’ Day, All Saints’ Day, and in celebration of the Inns’ Amity. About ten Memorial Services are held each year, generally on weekday evenings. Other weekday services that take place during the week will be agreed by the Church Committee in association with the Master and Director of Music.

During Holy Week and from Advent to Christmas, there are additional events which require music. The Director of Music is expected to play a part in devising, organising and performing the musical requirements in collaboration with the Master.