The choir sings at the majority of Synagogue services and draws on an extensive repertoire of 19th - 21st century classical works, often accompanied by its fine 4-manual Harrison & Harrison organ. Applicants must have good sight-reading skills, and be comfortable singing the occasional solo during services. There is no requirement for choir members to be Jewish, or to read Hebrew, as the liturgical texts are transliterated into English. Nonetheless, an appropriate sensitivity to the function and nature of music in the context of worship will be expected.

Choral services take place on Friday evenings (6-6:55pm) and Saturday mornings (11am-12:45pm) in each case preceded by a 30-minute rehearsal. The choir has a number of weekends off throughout the year and currently takes the month of August as a summer recess. The choir also sings at Festival, High Holy Day, Wedding and Memorial Services.

Regular Friday and Saturday services are currently paid at the rate of £67 and £73 respectively, including rehearsals, while Lifecycle, Festival and High Holy Day services are paid at commensurately special rates. As a rough guideline, singers can expect to earn in the region of at least £6000 during the course of a typical year.

Candidates should expect to be available during the months of September/October for the High Holy Days. Details of these are published well in advance.

Applications
Candidates should send a CV and recent recording to the Director of Music, Richard Hills. Informal enquires may also be made in confidence to the Director of Music at any time. The closing-date for applications is 5pm on Friday, 29th April.

Auditions will take place at West London Synagogue, 33 Seymour Place, London, W1H 5AU, on Friday 6th May. Please state any preferred audition times with your application.

Applicants will be required to bring two contrasting solo pieces to perform with piano. The audition will include sightreading. An accompanist will be provided.

Short-listed candidates will then be asked to try-out further by joining the choir at a service.