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Last update: 20 February 2018

Organist Vacancies in the Reading Area


To place a free advertisement for a vacancy on this page contact . Details will also be included in the next edition of BOA's bi-monthly newsletter to members.


St Michael and All Angels Church, Sunninghill

Director of Music

We are looking to appoint a director of music who enjoys the beauty and tradition of BCP choral matins and the exuberance of child friendly contemporary worship.


In leading and developing our music across two well attended Sunday morning services, the Director of Music will encourage more people to participate in our musical life, help grow a fledgling junior choir and play a key role in the outreach and mission to our community.


Salary of £7,000-£8,000. Additional fees for weddings and funerals.


Please contact the churchwardens for more information: Kate Bolsover: 07799 582875 or


Jan 2018

St Nicholas' Church, Remenham, Henley-on-Thames


St Nicholas’ Remenham, would like to find an


to play at our services while we are waiting to appoint someone full time.
The worship pattern, which is traditional, is as follows:


1st, 3rd and 5th Sundays at 11.15am: sung matins (BCP)
2nd and 4th Sundays at 11.15am: sung Holy Communion (Merbecke)


There would also be the opportunity to play at major festivals and weddings.


Whilst the vacancy remains unfilled, there is the opportunity to play for any of these services on an occasional or one-off basis. The organ is a two manual Walker with pedal board.


For further details please contact Charlotte Every, on 07973 798071 or


Dec 2017

St James' Church, Finchampstead

Organist/Deputy DOM

Your role will be to play our well-maintained Compton organ at Sunday services (9.30 and 11.00) which include 2 Matins a month, 1 Evensong per month and other extra services as per the church liturgical calendar. There is also a choir rehearsal on Thursday night 8 - 9.30. You will also have first opportunity to play at Funerals/Weddings.


We are a thriving church with a very capable/reliable SATB choir and large Junior section. You will find it very rewarding to play at our church with a DOM, choir and congregation who will really appreciate your skills.


There is also a stand-in organist available to call upon, so Sundays off can be arranged if desired. Remuneration will be in accordance with RSCM/ISM rates.


For further information please contact: Janice Devine  07990 500568


The Parish of St Mary and St John Stratfield Mortimer

(near Reading)

seeks an

Organist and Director of Music

to develop the musical life of this Parish 9 miles south of Reading.


There is a choir which sings the 10.00 am Sung Eucharist every Sunday and at the major festivals.


There is the possibility of involvement with our two Church schools.


For more information please contact: The Rev’d Paul Chaplin.

 The Parish Office, St John’s Church, West End Road, Mortimer  RG7 3SY

Tel: 0118 933 3704   Email: 


Salary at RSCM rates


The United Benefice of Henley with Remenham

are seeking an

Organist and Choirmaster/mistress

for the Churches of St Mary, Henley-on-Thames and St Nicholas, Remenham


Full details are available from the Parish Office

The Rectory, Hart Street, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 2AU  

01491 577340 


Chapel of the Blessed Trinity, Stonor Park

(near Henley-on-Thames)

seeks an


The Chapel of the Holy Blessed Trinity celebrates Mass every Sunday throughout the year with a congregation of between 40 – 80.


We are looking for organists to join a rota to assist each Sunday.

We do not have a regular choir but occasional singers.

The position may suit organ scholars or talented organists.

Three manual electric organ.


Rota to commence December 2016


For more information please write to or telephone 01491 638858


St Barnabas Church, Emmer Green, Reading

is seeking a new

Organist/Musical Director

St Barnabas is a broad-based CofE parish church on the northern edge of Reading.

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Our organ has recently been re-commissioned after being completely refurbished, converted to electronic action and upgraded to a 2-manual instrument. There is a small, committed choir whose numbers are augmented for special services. We are active in introducing forms of worship and music likely to be attractive to families and children.


Music is primarily centred on the 9.30 parish communion service, with the usual festival services in addition. Choir practices are normally weekly (Tuesday evening). Opportunities would be offered to play at weddings and funerals.


We have a member willing to act as Assistant, so the position need not be full time.


Remuneration based on RSCM guidelines


Fuller details from, and expressions of interest to:



St Michael's Church, Sandhurst

are looking for an


to work with our dynamic Choir Director to develop our well-established musical tradition, with good RSCM-affiliated SATB choir (inc. trebles). We are looking for a sensitive musician who will help us to enhance the experience of worship through music in this friendly and welcoming church. We would welcome experienced applicants and those less experienced with ability and a willingness to learn.


Weekly 9.30 am Parish Communion (including psalms to Anglican chant), monthly Choral Evensong plus weddings and other special services. Choir practice 1½ hours per week on Thursday evenings.


Remuneration based on RSCM rates.


We have a two-manual Gray & Davison Organ with tracker action, a full RCO concave and radiating pedalboard, which was restored in 2000, and is regularly maintained.


Sandhurst is situated close to the M3 (J4) and is on the Reading to Guildford railway line.


For details please contact Rev John Castle, Tel 01252 873030 or email 


You can find out more about our church at