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Sinister goings-on at Godforsaken Winchester Cathedral

Sinister goings-on at Godforsaken Winchester Cathedral
Sinister goings-on at Godforsaken Winchester Cathedral

Winchester Cathedral has hastily appointed Andrew Lucas as Interim Director of Music, replacing the ousted Andrew Lumsden who is leaving at the end of July. Lucas, a credible candidate, has been Master of the Music at St Albans Cathedral since 1998.

However, only one candidate was shortlisted and interviewed in apparent contravention of the CofE’s Safer Recruitment policy (relevant paras below) and no musician was on the selection panel.

Highhandedness and bullying continue to prevail at Godforsaken Winchester.


“Applicants must be shortlisted for interview based on the evidence provided in their application form and usually only those who meet all the essential criteria as defined on the person specification must be shortlisted (even where there is only one applicant).” 
“7.2 Interviews must be held face to face. Exceptions to this would be an applicant from outside the UK whose initial interview may be conducted virtually or where Government/Legal restrictions have been introduced e.g. due to a national emergency such as COVID19.”
“7.3 Interviews must be held with a panel of a least two, one of whom must have attended safer recruitment training within the last three years, be competent in interviewing and possess the appropriate expertise to assess the candidate’s competence in the role.”


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