Volunteer Festival Co-ordinator

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Organisation: Sons & Friends of the Clergy

Location Westminster, London (Central), SW1P 3HB
Where the role is based Mainly at home
Travel limit Needs to be within commuting distance of central London
Opportunity type Ongoing role
Reference number J55586

Opportunity description

We are looking for someone with events management expertise to organise our charity’s annual Festival Service at St Paul’s Cathedral, and a Festival Dinner at Merchant Taylor’s Hall. Both events will take place on Tuesday 15 May 2018.

The role

The role purpose is to organise the charity’s annual Festival Service at St Paul’s Cathedral, and the subsequent Festival Dinner at Merchant Taylor’s Hall. The first Festival took place at St Paul’s on 8 November 1655 and the next Festival, the charity’s 364th, will take place on Tuesday 15 May 2018.

The Festival, which is one of the oldest choral festivals in the world, has become a vital part of the life and history of the charity and is an opportunity to celebrate and highlight our work, and to raise funds. The Festival is attended by supporters of the charity as well as dignitaries from the Church of England and the City of London, including the Lord Mayor.

The major responsibilities of the role are as follows, liaising at all times with trustees, the Chief Executive and other charity staff:

  1. Planning and promoting the Festival Service and Dinner
  2. Arranging invitations to the Service and Dinner
  3. Organisation of the Festival on the day and follow-up


This is an unpaid voluntary role, although all expenses will be paid.

Required skills

  • Event management

Person description

Interested applicants should be based in or near London and have strong organisational skills and excellent attention to detail. Experience of event management would be a strong advantage, as would knowledge of the Church of England and/or church music.

What impact the opportunity will have

The Festival is the one of the oldest and best known cathedral choral festivals, and is a key event each year for showcasing the work of the charity as it seeks to support clergy families in need. The Festival is also a fundraising event for the charity.


What’s in it for the volunteer?

This is an excellent opportunity to work with a small and friendly staff team based in Westminster and to apply event management expertise to a prestigious event which is one of the most important in the annual calendar of St Paul's Cathedral.

Time commitment

Mostly during office hours

One day a week in our Westminster office, rising to two days a week as we approach the Festival itself on 15 May 2018.

Other details

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