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Last page update: 2 November 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. 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 Julia Booker, 01491 628693 or


July 2018

St Maryís, 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 Maryís Whitchurch on Thames, and on the 2nd Sunday at our 11.00am service at St Johnís 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 (Nagís Head) short walk up Russell Street opposite.


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


Apr 2018

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 Nicholasí 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 Revíd Paul Chaplin.

 The Parish Office, St Johnís Church, West End Road, Mortimer  RG7 3SY

Tel: 0118 933 3704   Email: 


Salary at RSCM rates