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Last page update: 31 December 2020

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 George's Church, Owlsmoor

seeks an


to play for our 10am Sunday Service with Holy Communion


We sing a range of hymns and songs, and a Setting. We currently have no regular choir. It would require about 2 hours' playing each Sunday and occasionally other services. You would need to be self employed. The fee is negotiable.


Please contact Rev Catherine Vaughan for more information: or phone 01344 771286.


St George’s Church, Owlsmoor GU47 0SS


February 2020

Saint Margaret of Antioch Parish Church, Harpsden, Henley on Thames

seek an

Organist and Choir Master/Mistress

St Margaret’s church is a small parish church just outside Henley on Thames in Oxfordshire. Our lovely choir mistress is moving out of the area. So alas, we are looking for a new organist/choir master/mistress.


The choir numbers on an average Sunday between 12 – 14 adults. SATB. We sing a variety of music from Hail Holy Queen (Sister Act) to traditional sacred music such as Tallis, Howells, and Stanford. The majority of our Sunday services are a Sung Eucharist at 9.30am. We normally have three sung evensongs a year.


There is a weekly choir practice which is currently held on Wednesdays at 12.30 but time and date could be changed. The choir meet at 9.00am on Sunday morning to go through the music for the service.


We are looking for a choir master/mistress to start in August 2019. We are very open to all comers. In the past we have had an undergraduate who stayed for 3 years and went on to Dublin Cathedral. We are a friendly bunch of singers who sing for our love of music, and our offering of worship. A salary of £4,500 is being offered, depending on experience. There are also wedding and funeral fees available to supplement the salary.


Please see our Benefice web site for the job description. Applications are via a CV, and then a formal interview and ‘meet the choir’ will take place. (Convenient date to be arranged.)


CV’s to: Revd Robert S Thewsey, The Rectory, Church Lane, Shiplake. RG9 4BS. Tel: 0118 940 3484. Email:


May 2019

St Lawrence Church, Chobham, Surrey

seek to appoint an

Organist and Choirmaster

Chobham is a delightful village near Woking in Surrey.


The Vicar and PCC of St Lawrence, Chobham are seeking a new organist and choirmaster following the retirement of the present post holder. The successful applicant would be paid at RSCM rates and receive fees for above average numbers of weddings and funerals (an estimated income of £7,000 annually). The main Sunday service is at 10.00 a.m. with additional services as expected at festivals and other feast days. The churchmanship is traditional Anglican.


The Wyvern iii/37 electronic organ is well maintained and has recently had its pedal board replaced. The choir is comprised of about twenty enthusiastic adults with all four parts represented. Choir practice is currently on a Thursday evening but this could be changed.


Please submit your letter of application, including qualifications and experience, to Geoff Barham at ‘Copper Beeches’, 8 Chesters Road, Camberley, Surrey GU15 1AD or via email at


May 2019

St. John the Baptist, Crowthorne

seek to appoint an


to play our recently refurbished Henry Speechly and Son organ and to work with our Director of Music and small robed SATB choir.


Sunday Service at 10am - mostly Sung Eucharist with a few All-Age Services. Occasional evening services, including Choral Evensong once a term. Additional Services at Christmas and Easter. Attendance at some Thursday evening choir practices may be required in the run up to festivals.


Honorarium payable based on RSCM recommendations.


For further information please contact Revd. Dr. Lisa Cornwell - 01344 772413


Mar 2019

St Giles, Reading

wishes to appoint an

Organist/Choir Master

St Giles, one of the three ancient parish churches of Reading, wishes to appoint an enthusiastic musician, who will further develop the musical inheritance of the parish working alongside the incumbent. The church is in the catholic tradition of the Church of England and possesses a fine instrument, listed on the NPO Register: view details


There is currently a small choir, but finance is available for the training of choral scholars of secondary school age to sing church music. The position is for Sundays and the usual Holy Days when sung celebrations are held, and the occasional special service.


The position is remunerated accordingly at an annual salary.


For informal enquiries contact Dr Christopher Mott; send applications for the post to Fr David Harris, both at


It is hoped to make an appointment to mutual convenience as to date in the Spring of 2019 with interviews in January.


Nov 2018

St Nicholas, Rotherfield Greys, Henley-on-Thames

seeks an

Organist and Director of Music

We are a friendly church 3 miles outside Henley holding Sunday services at 10.30 am. Each week in turn contains a traditional Eucharist using Merbecke, a modern Eucharist, a BCP sung matins and a family service. The organist is entitled to play at weddings and funerals at St. Nicholas and may be invited to do so at the other 4 parishes within the benefice.


The Music Director has ownership of the music repertoire and there is a small but enthusiastic SATB choir which may be augmented for special services. The Director has in addition the opportunity to arrange and rehearse concerts. Choir practice is on Fridays (or evening to be arranged) at 8-9pm, often followed by a jar in the Maltsters Arms next door. The organ is a two-manual Walker extension organ built in 1974 with 28 speaking stops and a 30-note pedal board.


We cherish our music tradition but are open to new ideas to enhance the spiritual life within our church.


For further information please contact Rev Mark Ainsworth 01491 628297 or


July 2018

St Mary’s, Whitchurch-on-Thames and St John-the-Baptist, Whitchurch Hill

seek an


To play at three Sunday services a month and for special services as required. Services are on the 1st & 3rd Sundays in the month at 9.30am, St Mary’s Whitchurch on Thames, and on the 2nd Sunday at our 11.00am service at St John’s Whitchurch Hill.


We have a small choir, augmented for special services.


There will be renumeration for services played.


For further details please contact Kenneth Baker (Church Warden) Tel: 0118 943 2778, Email:


Apr 2018

Holy Trinity, Oxford Road, Reading

seeks an


To play at 10:00 am Sunday Mass and usual holy days. Hymns (NEH) and parts of Gregory Murray setting. No choir. Interesting and historic two-manual in gallery at liturgical West end: Gt.9; Sw.9 + Tremulant; Ped 8; usual couplers (listed on NPOR). Good acoustic.


Must be happy working with smoke and mirrors. Real ale Pub (Nag’s Head) short walk up Russell Street opposite.


Further details from Mr. R. Cutting, tel. 0118 9613706


Apr 2018