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Vacancy: Director of Music

St Botolph's choir after a serviceSt Botolph's is seeking to appoint a new Director of Music, to build on the work of Tim Brown, interim Director since 2019. The successful candidate will be capable of upholding the strong choral tradition at our weekly services, by directing and accompanying the choir at Book of Common Prayer services, across a range of repertoire.

The post would be ideally suited to a candidate who intends to use the church's fine acoustic and strong musical resources as an opportunity to establish a choral or instrumental ensemble. The new Director will benefit from separate allocated funding for an organ scholar, and for music and administrative support.

For full details of the post, including the nature of the parish's musical life, and the duties and benefits of the Director of Music, please see the full advertisement.

Key dates and information

Closing date for applications: 6pm on Friday, 17th February
Planned interview date: 3 March 2023
Start date: 1 April 2023

Remuneration: £8,000 per annum, plus fees for weddings and funerals
Other benefits: earmarked funding for an organ scholar and other support; ability to use the church for private music tuition; opportunity to use the church as a base for other musical endeavours.
Expected commitment: rehearsal and service every Sunday, with six Sundays' holiday allowance per annum; occasional other commitments, especially choral evensong every six weeks or so to suit your availability. Details of commitments are to be agreed between the postholder and the parish.

Informal enquiries

Informal enquiries are welcome. Please do contact the Rector, the Rev'd Jonathan Collis:; or the current interim Director of Music, Tim Brown:

How to apply

To apply, please write to the Rector, the Rev'd Jonathan Collis, at, by the deadline above. Applications should include the following:

  • A covering letter, describing how the role would be seen and fulfilled;
  • A CV;
  • Details of two referees, one of whom should be a member of the clergy, and whether they could be contacted before interview.

The post will be subject to an enhanced DBS disclosure.

Hello and welcome to St Botolph's. If you are a new visitor, we have a page for you to get to know us and learn more about planning a visit.
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Planning your Visit

Welcome to St Botolph's 


The following information is specifically for those planning a first visit, so that you know beforehand what to expect on a Sunday morning.

Where and When

Our services are at St Botolph's church in the centre of Cambridge (details below). On Sundays these always start at 11.00am.  We suggest planning to arrive 10-15 minutes early, especially if driving as parking spaces are in short supply in central Cambridge, and to find somewhere to sit before the service begins. When you arrive, you should be greeted by a sides person who will help you find somewhere to sit and will give you a hymn book and a prayer book, or a service sheet.

We serve tea, coffee and biscuits after the service and we hope very much that you will stay for a chat. It is a great way to meet people, or simply take time to find your bearings. All refreshments are free.

Plan your journey: 

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Accessibility: There is wheelchair access. Please let the sides person know on your arrival and they will help you. Please note access to the toilet requires a step.


The service

Our Sunday service begins at 11am and follows the Book of Common Prayer.  On the first, second and fourth Sundays we have a Sung Eucharist.  On the other Sundays we have Choral Mattins with a said service of Holy Communion at 8am.  There will be organ music before the service and the bell will ring for about five minutes before the service starts.  All services will have a sermon from the Rector or a visiting preacher.  These usually last for around 10-15 minutes.  The choir plays a part in all services, leading hymns and sung elements of the service.  The service ends with an organ voluntary.  Many people sit and listen to this for five minutes or so.  Others will start to congregate around the tea and coffee table for a chat.

What about children?

We welcome children of all ages and no one should be embarrassed if young ones cry or older ones wander around.  We do not have a Sunday School so children remain in the service with their parents.  There is a carpeted area in the side chapel which is available for parents and small children who want to step away from the main church for a while.

Getting in touch

Helping with services and the life of the church

If you want to get involved in the life of the church and help us make our services run smoothly, please let us know.  We are always looking for help with anything from flowers, to refreshments, to opening the church for visitors during the week and a hundred and one other tasks that keep the life of the community. 

Get in touch with us to plan your visit
If you would like to come and visit the church beforehand you are more than welcome! Get in touch and we can arrange a time that suits you.
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Comments / Questions or anything you would like to say?

Next, we will contact you by email to say hello and help arrange anything necessary for your visit.


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The Rev'd Jonathan Collis, Rector   Sarah Eastwood, Churchwarden
We hope that you will feel at home at St Botolph's.

Best Wishes,
All at St Botolph's