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Last update: 06/03/17

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.


Holy Trinity, Oxford Road, Reading

seeks an


To play at 10:00 am Sunday Mass and usual holy days, with effect from Low Sunday (23rd April, 2017). 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


St Luke's Church, Maidenhead

is seeking an

Organist / Music Leader

Required for 1st April 2017 (or sooner), an organist to play for Sunday morning services, mid-week festivals and limited evening services. Also to take a lead on music in the church and to lead the church choir.


Salary negotiable.


Details from Revd. Sally Lynch: 01628 783033  and applications by 11th February.


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 Mary the Virgin, Speen

needs a

Rota Organist

To play every other 4th Sunday of the month, starting in February 2017 (i.e. February, April, June etc.), 

Service of the Word (non-communion).


Musical requirements are 4 or 5 hymns and appropriate choice of organ music before and afterwards. The positions may suit a student studying the organ, but all are welcome.


For further details, contact Jill Wilson at or phone 01635 48698.


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.

(See for more information)


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:



Holy Trinity Church, Bracknell

is seeking an enthusiastic and versatile

Music Director

with a living faith, who will maintain and enhance our sung Eucharistic worship; play the organ to a high standard; train and develop our small robed choir; encourage and develop singing and instrumental music across our two main Sunday services and who has the vision, initiative and skills to further work with the mission of the church and the wider community.


Salary in line with RSCM rates, plus wedding and funeral fees.


For full details please contact the Rev'd Jim Barlow by email:



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 1˝ 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



United Benefice of Holy Trinity, Prestwood and St Mary Magdalene, Great Hampden, South Bucks

(near High Wycombe)

is looking to appoint an

Organist and Director of Music

Flexible 20+ Sundays per year, plus Festivals


Well remunerated weddings, baptisms and funerals


Work with professional classical musicians


Innovative and exciting musical opportunities


See or call 01494 866530 



St Nicholas' Church, Abingdon

is looking to appoint an

Organist/Director of Music

We are an ancient parish church, open to change but valuing the traditional. We have a balance of service styles, with the formal services of Holy Communion and BCP Morning Prayer being complemented by less formal All Age Services.


We hope that our new Director of Music would continue our music traditions but also seek to expand the choir, and consider the introduction of new elements to our music provision.


Your role: as Organist would be to plan and provide the music used in our services and as Director of Music to lead, support and develop our choir.


We are looking ideally for a Director of Music, but would consider appointing an Organist (or pianist) willing to develop in post. We would consider supporting appropriate external training for the candidate appointed.


Responsibilities - full details are in the Job Description.

Pay based on RSCM guidelines – see Job Description.


Full details and Application Form available from our website ( or by contacting the Vicar, the Revd Paul Smith – 01235 534654


To discuss this role informally please contact our Vicar (above) or Churchwardens:

Mr Paul Rast-Lindsell  07876 277 363  or  Mrs Eluned Hallas  01235 529462


Closing Date: 30 September 2015


St Andrew's United Reformed Church, Reading

Team Organist

To play on a rota basis for one or two services per month

Main Sunday morning service at 11.00, featuring hymns with opening and closing organ voluntaries. Occasional evening services

New Wyvern organ

For more details, contact Jim Wooldridge. 0118 959 0122  

The Parish of St Mark and All Saints, Reading

seeks to appoint an


St Mark's Church, Reading is looking for an Organist who will work with our parish team to:

- creatively use their gifts to enhance our liturgy;

- give guidance and encouragement to our choir in their ministry;

- be able to draw the best out of music from both traditional and more recent repertoire.

Usual weekly commitments: 9.15 Parish Mass with brief practice afterwards (15 minutes); plus occasional evening feasts/festivals. RSCM rates plus fees.

For further information contact Anthony Poynter (0118 950 2620)

St Mary the Virgin, Whitchurch-on-Thames

St John the Baptist, Whitchurch Hill

Wish to appoint an


to join our team of organists.

 Two well-maintained Walker pipe organs, enthusiastic robed choir, RSCM affiliated.

 Main Sunday Parish Communion at 9.30am alternating between the two churches, three Sundays a month. Occasional Sung Evensong, and special services at major festivals.

Remuneration by arrangement, plus funeral and wedding fees.

Come and try out our organs! Further information from / applications to:

Ken Baker  Tel 0118 943 2778. E-mail