The Catholic Church across Yorkshire's historic West Riding since 1878

The Catholic Church across Yorkshire's historic West Riding since 1878

Diocese of Leeds Music Vacancies – April 2024

“As a Choral Director, I feel so supported by a large team of other musicians. Our programme is filled with top-quality choral leaders and people. I learn so much from my colleagues – we share repertoire, pedagogical insights, tea-making duties, and most importantly the desire to make music education as accessible as possible for every child.”

— Lizzie, Choral Director


Diocese of Leeds Music is currently recruiting for three roles: a Choral Director, an Instrumental Tutor and a Whole-Class Ensemble Director.

We welcome applicants at any stage of their careers, including new graduates, and we are experienced in tailoring our support and opportunities to musicians’ strengths and development needs. If you feel your skill set fits one or more of these roles, we are open to exploring flexible options to suit the right candidate.

For an application pack for any of these roles, please contact


Choral Director (full time)

We’re looking for a skilled leader of children’s voices who will work in schools across the city of Leeds delivering our Schools Singing Programme and play a key role in developing our choirs in the Diocese.

Whole-class singing sessions are the core of our Schools Singing Programme, and are currently delivered in 65 primary schools, reaching around 6,500 children every week, built on a curriculum developed in consultation with Dr Rebecca Berkley at the University of Reading and a musicianship and notation resource written for us by Lucinda Geoghegan.

Our after-school choirs provide further opportunities and include the seven choirs of Leeds Cathedral, providing liturgical music for parishes, regular concerts and tours, BBC broadcasts and recordings. Many of the choirs enjoy partnerships with world-renowned ensembles including Gabrieli, The Sixteen and several US universities.

Pay scale from £28,800 to £33,800.


Instrumental Tutor (full time and/or part time)

The instrumental tutor will provide one-to-one and small group lessons on one or more of piano, organ and accordion. Supporting the development of our choir members, this role allows children in the choirs to have a holistic approach to music through both instrumental development and regular choir rehearsals, Masses and performances. The role also allows children who have been part of our Whole Class Introduction to Keyboard Studies sessions the opportunity to progress and improve their skills by taking a lesson during their school day.

Pay scale from £28,800 to £33,800 FTE.


Whole-Class Ensemble Director (0.8 FTE with the option of full time)

Working from a comprehensive two year learning scheme, the Whole Class Introduction to Keyboard Studies sessions provide children with their first interaction with a musical instrument. This inspirational approach allows children to experience the feelings of playing in an ensemble; developing their musical skills and introducing the possibilities of playing piano, organ, or accordion.

Pay scale from £28,800 to £33,800 FTE.


Please note, the closing date for all roles is 12 noon on Monday 13 May 2024.

For an application pack for any of these roles, please contact