Her Majesty The Queen is looking for a director of music for the Chapel Royal Choir but with under a month to go before Prince George’s christening there, will there be someone to fill the role in time? An advertisement for the post has been placed and closes on October 6, just 18 days before the christening that will be conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby. The job will pay £21,500 a year based on 19 hours per week.
The job involves overseeing the choir which consists of six Gentlemen in Ordinary, who are professional singers, and ten children of the Chapel Royal, boy choristers who each hold choral scholarships at the City of London School. They sing the weekly service in St James’s Palace and other events at the command of the Queen.
As well as keeping the choir in tune, the director will also be required to play the organ at the private chapel in Kensington Palace where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge along with Prince George will soon live.
The choir sings at the annual Royal Maundy service and the Remembrance Day parade at the Cenotaph in Whitehall. They also sang at the funeral of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother at Westminster Abbey in 2002.
The previous director of music was Andrew Gant, who led the choir at the Duke and Duchess’s wedding in 2011.
The advertisement on the royal website states that the director must maintain a “high standard of music” and must also “ensure that the standards of the Chapel Royal Choir are maintained and enhanced and that the boys are well behaved, smartly turned out and are punctual”.
However, the question still remains. Will there be a new director of music in time for the christening on October 23?
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