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230118 Organist and Director of Music required! £7,000 per annum. We are the Parish Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Bletchingley and we are looking for a musician with a gift for teaching and inspiring our choir and congregation. We have a vision of our choir becoming a centre of musical excellence and development for the people of Bletchingley, working with our young people to offer the best possible musical education whilst continuing to develop our adult choir members. Closing Date: 1 November 2017. Further information can be found: http://www.bletchingleyparishchurch.org.uk/positionoforganistanddirectorofmusic.htm
Contact: Rev’d Phaedra Pamphilon-Green, Email: pamphilon@gmail.com
190118 Director of Music 

St Alban’s North Harrow is seeking a new Director of Music. This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced church musician to direct an enthusiastic choir and to help guide our musical direction.  

This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check.

 Salary in line with RSCM rates

 Closing date noon 30th November 2017

 For further details, please contact Revd Kate Tuckett, kate.a.tuckett@gmail.com or visit http://www.stalbans-nh.org.uk/983165919780.htm.

190118 The Parish of Sketty, Swansea in the Diocese of Swansea and Brecon, seeks to appoint a suitably qualified Director of Church music. We have a range of Sunday morning services that follow the Anglican Church in Wales Liturgy, Choral Matins and Evensong. The person appointed would be responsible for directing the choir, leading music worship and planning services. St Paul’s Church has a fine three manual Copeman Hart organ. [If required assistant organists are available]. Salary is dependent on ability and experience. Please e-mail letter of application with Curriculum Vitae to Reverend Robert Davies-Hannen [rdhannen@gmail.com] or telephone 01792 202767 for further information.
050118 Holy Trinity Southport are seeking to appoint a Director of Music. The post is available from 1st January 2018. Holy Trinity is very proud of its strong musical tradition and music plays an important part in the life of the church and its distinctive liturgy and style of worship. The Choirs. The Church Choir has traditionally comprised men and boy singers. The decision has now been taken to introduce female voices into the main body of the choir. Thus one of the first tasks of the new Director of Music will be to recruit and introduce girls (up to 16) into the junior choir and ladies voices (altos & tenors) into the adult section. In addition to the regular weekly services, the Church Choir visits a Cathedral during the summer each year to sing the daily services throughout that week. The venue in 2018 is to be Carlisle Cathedral. Administrative arrangements for this are undertaken by the Choir Chaplain. The Organs are both electronic by J & J Makin, part of Church Organ World. The main instrument has four manuals and 74 speaking stops with a floating west end division. There is also a moveable organ of two manuals with 30 stops. Included in the key responsibilities, the DoM will deliver the music for weekly Sunday morning and Wednesday Choral Evensong services, they will recruit, lead, motivate and train the choir and will deliver the Cathedral Singing Week each summer. For further information and an application pack, contact Bob Ball at june-bob@sky.com or 01704 568001 07773 711 843 or visit www.holytrinitysouthport.org.uk
050118 Music Leader: could this be you (or a friend of yours, perhaps)? St George’s, Tuffley in Gloucester aims to be a worshipping, caring and pioneering community. We work closely with other churches locally to ‘grow the kingdom of God’. We’re now looking for a Music Leader, with: • skills in playing organ and piano/keyboard • ability to develop our singing group • commitment to shaping our worship for the future using a range of music styles. We want someone to work with us enthusiastically to develop worship that’s attractive and relevant across the local community. Talent-spotting and enabling others in playing instruments would also be helpful. If this could be you, please don’t delay – get in touch to find out more … Contact: vicar-Bruce@outlook.com, 01452 520851.
020118 Organist sought for The Parish of Bengeo, Hertford to succeed our current organist on retirement from 1st January, 2018. The parish stands in the Broad (Central) Anglican tradition. The principal Sunday service is the 10am Parish Communion where a small robed choir is in attendance. Essential: The ability to accompany the choir and congregation with sensitivity; The ability to extemporise in liturgy; A reasonable knowledge of organ repertoire; The ability to work as part of a team. Duties: Attendance at the choir rehearsal each Sunday at 9.15am, and playing the Parish Communion at 10am; Playing at services on high days and holy days, notably during Christmas and Easter periods; Optional playing for weddings, funerals and occasional offices (appropriate fees to be paid; currently £100 for a standard service, 10–15 services a year); Being responsible for the maintenance of the Walker organ and Collins organs. Holy Trinity Church (1855) has a two manual Walker organ. St. Leonard’s Church (1120) is a Grade I listed church, open during summer months. It has a new chamber organ built by Peter Collins. An annual contract of £4,000 is offered. To apply please send a CV and covering letter to the Vicar, The Rev’d Robert Thompson by email revrobert@ntlworld.com or phone 01992 413691 with general enquiries.
281217 Christ Church, Echo Square, Gravesend Seeks an Organist and Choir Director/ Organist only. RSCM affiliated and rates. SATB choir with Weekly Choir practice and Weekly service. A range of musical styles including Sung Holy Communion and some BCP Evensong. Approx. 20 weddings and 20 Church Funerals annually. Flexibility/ Job sharing possible. Candidates must be willing to collaborate with leaders of established Music Group and Children’s Choirs. Enhanced DBS disclosure required. For further details, contact Rev’d Sue Brewer 48 Old Road East, Gravesend, Kent DA12 1NR 01474 352643 suec@brewer86.plus.com
261217 St Francis Church, Keynsham is seeking a music leader with keyboard skills (piano and ideally organ) to take overall responsibility for music during worship including leading and developing the choir. This entails playing on Sundays (one service) and occasionally midweek e.g. Ash Wednesday and practising with the choir on a weekly basis. St Francis Church has an enthusiastic choir of 7 adults, many of whom also play instruments, plus a small worship band. We have an organ scholar who plays two Sundays a month; other deputies are also available to cover Sundays. The church has a small two-manual tracker action organ with pedals, and an upright piano. It would be helpful, although not essential, for the music leader to be able to play the organ. Our music in worship is highly valued by the church, and ranges over a variety of styles. We are seeking a person who shares our enthusiasm and is able to combine both traditional hymns and modern songs in worship. We also see music as a means of development and outreach for our church, and would support the creation of a children’s or community choir, and the expansion of the worship band. More details can be found on the parish website https://tinyurl.com/stfrdm or contact Sally Burton, email mburton401@yahoo.co.uk, tel. 0117 9839193. Closing date 15th October 2017. Interviews including the opportunity to lead a short practice with the choir will take place during October and the appointment will commence on 1st January.
261217 The Church of St Michael the Archangel, Mere, seeks to appoint a Director of Music who will play the organ, lead and develop our choir, which is augmented for special services and festivals, and help our worship to flourish and our faith to grow. We are aware that a weekly commitment is a lot to expect and we are willing to consider flexible working. We enjoy traditional and contemporary hymns and anthems and a sung Communion. With music ranging from Tallis to Taizé the church offers a wide range of styles and opportunities for worship in the small town of Mere in south Wiltshire. We have a fine 3 manual Makin digital organ (ex the Chapel of St John’s College Cambridge) and, in addition, an 1870s 2-manual pipe organ and two digital pianos. We are also fortunate in having a small group of musicians willing to help by playing the organ or piano for services. Salary in line with RSCM rates, plus wedding and funeral fees. Go to www.stmichaelsmere.org.uk for more information. If you are interested, please email an up-to-date CV to Rev’d Carol Wilson-Barker, Priest-in-Charge, at vicar@stmichaelsmere.org.uk
121217 All Saints’ Woodford Wells is a large charismatic evangelical church in North East London. As an integral part of the vision and values of this church, it retains a long tradition of formal choral worship, including a monthly Choral Matins. We are seeking an Organist/Choir Director to lead our committed RSCM affiliated robed choir, currently numbering up to 20, through a weekly evening practice and one sung service every Sunday at 9.30am, plus special services for Christmas and Holy Week. In addition to this, with other singers, the choir usually undertakes a large popular oratorio performance every year. The successful applicant would be required to play the organ at all traditional services, oversee the general administration and artistic direction of the church choir, with the option to promote other classical music events and activities within the church community, such as recitals and possibly teaching. The position is available immediately with the offer of a one year renewable, part time contract. Remuneration is comparable to RSCM salary rates plus fees from occasional weddings, funerals and potentially music lessons. For an application pack or further information: contact@asww.org.uk or phone 020 8504 0266.
041217 Organist/Choirmaster. A vacancy has arisen for an experienced organist to work at St. Giles the Abbot, Farnborough, Kent. St. Giles has a flourishing adult choir (20 members) and junior choir (16 members) is affiliated to the RSCM and has an organ scholar. St. Giles offers weekly Matins and sung Evensong (BCP) and a full range of traditional and modern church music and liturgy. We are looking for someone who can: • share services playing at Matins, Evensong and, when necessary, the 10.00am CW service • rehearse and direct the adult choir. Rehearsals are on a Friday night and before Evensong • work collaboratively with a colleague • play at weddings and funerals (shared between both organists) – approx. 12 weddings and 20 funerals • nurture and encourage new singers • prepare music for Advent, Christmas and Easter and other special occasions. There is a good two manual organ with planned refurbishment. Generous remuneration in excess of RSCM rates. Considerably higher fees for funerals and weddings. Enquiries and applications to The Revd. Matthew Hughes 01689 856931 or email: jmath@btinternet.com
241117 St Mary the Virgin, Cannington, Somerset seeks a Director of Music to maintain and expand our strong choral tradition and enhance our worship and outreach to the local community. We are looking for an organist who will play our fine 1884 Vowles organ, recently rebuilt (with mixture) by Michael Farley, on Sundays (one service) and sundry festivals, and a choir director who will inspire and develop our small SATB adult choir and new and growing junior choir. Stipend based on RSCM guidelines with additional fees available from occasional offices. For further details, please contact the Rector, Revd Alison Waters, on cannington.benefice@gmail.com or 01278 652953.
141117 St John the Evangelist, Redhill, Surrey seeks a Director of Music and also a Resident Organist from 30th October 2017. St John’s has a fine, varied and well supported musical tradition which we intend to expand and develop further. Interviews for Director of Music will be held on Saturday 23 September morning. Interviews for Resident Organist will be held on Friday 6 October evening. Remuneration in line with RSCM scales. Closing date for applications for both positions: Monday 18 September. For application pack or exploratory discussion email vicar@stjohnsredhill.org.uk or ‘phone 01737 766562.
021117 Christ Church, Nailsea (http://christchurchnailsea.org.uk/) seeks an enthusiastic Christian Director of Music to take overall responsibility for our church’s musical worship. The post entails playing the organ on Sundays (one or two services a week) and sundry special occasions, as well as leading and developing our RSCM affiliated, robed SATB choir (weekly Friday night choir practices). We are a town centre church with a variety of music styles in our worship (weekly sung Eucharist, monthly Choral Evensong, regular Praise and Worship services), combining the best of traditional and modern hymns and songs. The electronic organ is a 3 manual Makin. Remuneration negotiable based on RSCM guidelines and hours agreed, with additional fees available from weddings and funerals. For more details please contact Rev. Tony Roake (rectorcct@virginmedia.com).
260118 Chanter and Organist. Botel Abbey seeks a live-in chanter and organist to serve at regular services at our historic Castle in Galloway, Scotland. Skilled reading of Gregorian Chant required. Organ proficiency helpful. Room, board, and further pay provided. Please contact the Prior, mail@botelabbey.org
1201187 St Ann’s Parish Church, Rainhill, Liverpool are looking for a new Organist and Choir Director. We are a welcoming, growing church in the centre of a large “village” community, looking for a versatile organist to be part of the team as we enhance and expand our church worship. You will lead, inspire and develop our small adult choir and develop collaboration with our music group. We have a well maintained Walker Extension 2 Manual Pipe Organ and Challen grand piano. The salary is based on RSCM guidelines with additional fees available from a regular community demand for weddings and funerals. Appointment subject to DBS check. For further details, please contact the Vicar, Revd Dr Alan Conant (revd_al@btinternet.com) or 0151 4264666
251217 Director of Music and Organist at St Paul’s Church, Herne Hill, London SE24. St Paul’s Church, a friendly and flourishing church, is seeking a Director of Music and Organist. The church has a Norman & Beard 3 manual organ and a Broadwood grand piano. In addition to providing worship music with the small choir at Sunday services and festivals, the role involves developing children’s participation and identifying and leading other opportunities for musical activity within worship. The church is affiliated to the RSCM and remuneration will be based on its guidelines. For more information and the application form, please visit the parish’s website www.hernehillparish.org.uk
081117 We seek to appoint a Director of Musical Worship. St. John’s is a growing Anglican church situated in Churt Village, 12 miles south of Guildford, Surrey. We offer different types of services and have a mixture of worship and musical styles. The main role of the Director of Musical Worship is to enrich the worship and spiritual life of the church through music. We are seeking someone with a committed Christian faith, a passion for music and worship, and the ability to inspire others. A particular focus is the challenge of broadening our musical offering whilst maintaining music to those who enjoy a traditional style. The person will have accomplished keyboard skills, with preference as an organist (but not essential). Our desire would be for a person to be fully committed to the musical life of St. John’s and attend most Sundays – however we would be happy to discuss and consider those who wish to have a more flexible arrangement. They would also need to be available for major Christian festivals. The successful candidate will have: • A good level of musical ability • Empathy and knowledge of different musical traditions and styles • Enthusiasm about lay involvement, and encouraging of all ages and abilities • An ability to develop, build and expand our musical worship. Appointments are subject to interview, references and enhanced DBS disclosure. Remuneration and final job description are for discussion. The anticipated start date is Autumn 2017. To find out more, please contact our parish administrator, Kelly Dawson, on 01428 713368 or email admin@stjohnchurt.org
081117 Holy Trinity Parish Church Sutton Coldfield seeks an Organist and Music Director from 1st January 2018. Committed Anglican preferred. Our town centre Grade-1 listed building attracts many weddings each year as well as large-scale services for civic and other occasions. Our musical style is wide-ranging. We have a robed choir (occasionally in an informal ‘uniform’, together with an ad hoc band of instrumentalists). The main Sunday 10am service is usually Holy Communion with provision for children. Occasional evening and special weekday services. Remuneration commensurate with RSCM rates. Website: http://www.htsc.org.uk/ Enquiries and application pack from the Rector, Revd John Routh: admin@htsc.org.uk
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141217 CANTICA NOVA 2 – A New Collection of Psalm Chants. Editors Vernon Hoyle, Jonathan Wainwright. Dedicated to Dr Francis Jackson. 400 chants 92 composers. Double, single, triple and quadruple chants, chants for men’s voices etc. Successor to Cantica Nova (1997). £20 hard copy, £15 pdf. Freely copiable. Sales@fagus-music.com (01330811363)
121217 Church pipe organ needs good home, two manual, good condition, in regular use, details from marjoriemorganssq@gmail.com
020118 usedorganmusic.co.uk are specialists in second-hand classical sheet music for organ. We buy and sell second-hand sheet music for the organ together with books on organs and church music. Please view the current catalogue of items for sale on the website. Contact: Roger Molyneux (info@usedorganmusic.co.uk or 07902 176744).
Wanted
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231117 8 copies needed of Church Anthem Book (OUP) – 12th impression 1959 or later, without tonic sol-fa. Contact Kevin Grafton on 01732 452117
070418 Compton Electrone Organ wanted comporg@btinternet.com
Announcements
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121217 Church pipe organ needs good home, two manual, good condition, in regular use, details from marjoriemorganssq@gmail.com
000000 Competent singers & organists required – Poscimur – small, friendly, robed, adult, SATB Choir, RSCM affiliated – sings in Cathedrals – UK Wide Membership… Contact Catherine Thomas on 020 8857 9375, catherine.thomas@poscimur.co.uk www.poscimur.co.uk