Choral Scholarships

Each year we seek to appoint  up to four Choral Scholars for an initial period of one year
with the possibility of extension on an annual basis up to a period of three years in total.

Generally, one scholar per part (SATB) is appointed and, where available, the scholarships are open to both male and female candidates. Countertenors are also welcome to apply.

Music at St. Mary’s
Music plays an integral role in worship at St. Mary’s. Repertoire is wide and covers a range of musical styles from plainchant to the present day peppered with recent works by living composers. A copy of the current music list is available HERE. Opportunities to extend our repertoire include the Service of Nine Lessons and Carols at Christmas, a Meditation on the Passion on Palm Sunday, and during Holy Week and Easter.

The Scholarships
Choral Scholars help to enhance and support the choir of St. Mary’s, whilst
taking advantage of opportunities to expand their knowledge of repertoire and technique,
to consolidate their skills, and to grow in confidence. Assistance can be given to those wishing to prepare for university and other choral scholarships. Scholarships offer a chance to gain practical experience or to develop or improve skills as a choral singer and/or soloist.

The Commitment
Under the direction of our Director of Music each Choral Scholar is expected to be
present at all rehearsals and regular services during term time, as well as major Feast Days (Advent Sunday, Christmas Day, Holy Week and Easter) which may fall outside of term. Four weeks annual holiday during term time are permitted by agreement.

Typical Weekly Timetable

Choir Rehearsal:  7.00 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.

9.15 a.m. to 9.30 a.m. Choir Rehearsal
9.45 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. Parish or Whole Family Eucharist
6.00 p.m. – 6.15 p.m. Choir Rehearsal
(5.15 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. for fully choral evening services)
6.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. Evensong

Person Specification 
Applicants should preferably have some experience of choral and/or solo singing and some sight-reading abiility. Previous experience of liturgical music is very much welcomed but not essential. Good self-management and time keeping and a passion for high standards of music making and choral singing is vital.

Honorarium and Fees
The honorarium for each Choral Scholar is worth up to £1,000 per annum depending
on age and experience. Choral Scholars may wish to expend an element of their
honorarium on additional lessons or other choral training which is available locally.

Application and Audition
Applicants should submit a CV detailing their previous choral/musical experience together with a letter of application by email addressed to our Director of Music  at

You are very welcome to visit  St Mary's or to attend a service in which case we would be pleased to meet you. Do make yourself known.

We will acknowledge all applications and successful applicants will be invited to a short audition and interview with the Director of Music on the basis of which a final decision will be made.

Contact details

The Director of Music
St Mary the Virgin, Eastbourne
The Old Parsonage,
Ocklynge Road,
BN21 1PL