Organists Wanted. NEW ENTRY

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Lechlade on Thames 


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St Lawrence Church, Lechlade-on-Thames, Gloucestershire, is looking to  appoint a skilled Organist and accompanist to support our Director of Music in  enhancing our worship.  

We have a friendly mixed four-part choir with both young and adult singers. 

Duties will include playing for 3-4 services a month (which include occasional  Parish Communion CW but mainly Choral Evensong BCP), other festivals and  also accompanying choir practices. 

Salary is £2,000 per annum with additional fees paid for weddings and  funerals (negotiable depending upon experience) To apply, please send your CV with a covering letter to our Director of Music,  Rachel Bath, preferably via email to


We are happy to advertise vacancies for organists on this website, but we would be grateful if churches would tell us if a post is filled. In any case, we can only guarantee that requests are posted for six months. 

Organist & Director of Music required for the Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin.  Wotton under Edge. Gloucestershire. GL12 7LS.  

We are looking to appoint a committed and enthusiastic  

musician who is not only an organist and pianist, but someone  

who can also direct our choirs. 

St Mary’s Church is committed to safeguarding and promoting 

the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. All  

post holders and volunteers are expected to share this  


Responsibilities will include music for Sunday services, significant  

Holy days and regular choir practices, weddings and funerals as  

required (although help may be available for weekday services). 

This person will help us to continue the development of music to  

enrich our worship.  

They must have good people skills, be sensitive to Anglican  

worship, liturgy and varied musical styles.  

We have a strong choral tradition, and this supports the liturgy at Sunday Eucharist usually incorporating a  communion anthem, and monthly Book of Common Prayer Evensong (including sung psalm / canticles and  anthem). We also have monthly Choral Evensong where the service is led almost entirely by music and a  well-established choir. We are exploring the scope for musical groups with new musical styles for our family  services. 

Our parish is part of the Tyndale Benefice (the parishes of Wotton, North Nibley, Alderley and Tresham).  Our organ, Christopher Shrider’s magnificent instrument of 1726, has over four hundred of the original  pipes and more than thirty stops distributed across three manuals and pedals. Harrison & Harrison regularly  maintain it to a high standard. 

St Mary’s has an Assistant Director of Music who organises the musical administration of the parish and who  has kept our music playing throughout this vacancy. 

There is much scope for musical development as well as leading our established choral traditions in this  beautiful church.  

Remuneration is in the range of £4300 – £5500 per annum depending on experience, qualifications, and  responsibilities undertaken. Job shares would be considered. This is a part time role, the person(s)  appointed will be employed by St Mary’s PCC and will be responsible to the Priest in Charge. 

All appointments are subject to acceptable pre-appointment checks, including a satisfactory Enhanced DBS  Check. 

For an informal conversation please contact Hil Varlow 07795515219  

For an application pack please email: 





An exciting role in our lively and growing Benefice. We are looking for an  organist and Director of music to join our team. This new post includes  playing our fabulous organ at St Mary’s, nurturing our enthusiastic choir  and leading the music for the diverse worship of our communities across  Thornbury and Oldbury. 

A background or interest in playing in a Church of England Benefice would be valued. 

Employed on a RSCM contract and reporting to the Priest-in-Charge. For the Job Specification, or if you have any questions, please contact Kate at 

All applications welcomed!

Reporting to: Priest-in-Charge
Salary and Hours: The Director of Music remuneration is in the top band of Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) rates at £6057 gross per annum for a suitably qualified occupant.  Wedding fees and Funeral fees “owned” by the Director of Music are currently £160 and £98 respectively.  Contract will be provided using the RSCM framework.
Date of Issue February 2022


• To play the organ for services across the Benefice, with focus at St Mary’s, Civic services and Christian Festivals and to provide musical direction for this lively, busy and growing Benefice 

• To conduct and rehearse our voluntary choir of all abilities, provide encouragement and growth and inspire our worship 

• To be the first point of contact for all wedding and funeral music provision, and to play for weddings and funerals at St Mary’s, St Paul’s, St Arilda’s, or to arrange suitable cover as needed 

• Regular services in the Benefice will include: a weekly 10.30am service at St Mary’s and a monthly choral evensong. Occasionally you may be called upon to play in our other churches across the Benefice 

• Lead the Friday evening and Sunday pre-service choir practices and maintain a network of support singers for special occasions 

• Choose the monthly hymns and music for St. Mary’s 

• Organise the monthly Sunday afternoon recitals


• The organ at St Mary’s is a lovely three manual instrument, refurbished in 2016 and a joy to play for any organist. 

More details of our wonderful organ and of the choir, can be found on the music page on the parish website: or, at

The St Paul’s organ is an electric digital Viscount with two manuals and pedal. You may also be asked occasionally to play the instruments at St Arilda’s and Shepperdine. • St Mary’s choir consists around 10 enthusiastic adults: with mixed experience. Within the choir are a number of instrumental musicians and choir conductors. Including an experienced organist and choirmaster who no longer wishes to take on a leadership role. A second member is an experienced choral conductor who has run Voice for Life training for young singers. We would be delighted to support this again in the future. 

• Thornbury Parish has two churches, St Mary’s and St Paul’s, alongside our churches in the Oldbury Parish at St Arilda’s and Shepperdine. The worship of the Benefice is diverse but at St Mary’s in particular, we have a valued choral tradition. The choir sings at the 10.30 am service every Sunday and at a Choral BCP Evensong at 6.00 pm every second Sunday in the month: There may be an additional evensong in the month when the organ is required. Once a month the ‘All Age Service’ at St Mary’s is non-Eucharistic and uses songs/choruses as well as hymns. St Paul’s has a 9.00 am service with organ, the organists being drawn from amateur musicians and young organ scholars within the parish. There are additional services at all the main Christian Festivals which, may of course, fall on a week day (e.g. Ash Wednesday, Ascension Day) and also community services such as on Remembrance Sunday at which organ and choir are needed. 

• In the past there was a series of monthly Sunday afternoon recitals taking place at St. Mary’s, designed to promote the organ, invite local artists and ensembles to perform in the church, and to raise money for music funds. These are historically followed by refreshments, prepared by a team of volunteers. We would be delighted to see these reinstated in the coming months. 

• The Director of Music is mainly concerned with St Mary’s but ideally would be available to support the organists at St Paul’s, St. Arilda’s and Shepperdine. It is our desire that, while maintaining and growing the traditional music within the Anglican liturgy the post holder would have the ability and flexibility to include some more modern idioms e.g. at the All Age Service. It would be helpful if the occupant could attract additional members into the choir. Relief organists are available from our group of amateur players containing some experienced musicians. • If you are interested in being considered for the Director of Music post, please send a letter of application with Curriculum Vitae and two referees, by email to Kate at 

Applications welcomed