Organist Vacancies

We have recently been advised of the following 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.


Easthampstead Parish Church of St Michael and St Mary Magdalene

seek an

Organist and Musical Director

Full details can be found on the church website

Deadline for applications: 11 August 2024.

July 2024

Hambleden, Frieth & Group churches, near Henley-on-Thames

seek a

Organist/Choir Leader

Owing to the retirement of our Director of Music, who was in post since 1957, we require an experienced organist and choir leader.

- An average of two services each Sunday, and six choir practices each month. Plus Christmas, Easter, and other festivals.

- First refusal for all weddings and funerals in the benefice (additional fee) (40 last year).

- 2-manual Norman & Beard 1908 in Hambleden; 2-manual Norman & Beard 1957 in Frieth.

- Salary £10,800 pa

- This position would be subject to DBS checking

For an informal conversation, please contact: the Rev Andy Storch, Priest-in-Charge, on 07811 430898.

Interviews will be at Hambleden, date tba.

Deadline for applications: 15 June 2024.

May 2024

St Edwards, RC Parish Windsor

- a vibrant and busy faith community -

seeks an


to play at the Parish Church and build and support music in the churches of the Parish and across the new Pastoral Area (which includes the church of St Francis at Ascot).

The parish has a long standing and enthusiastic group of singers with a wide range of talent and is keen to expand their skills and musical repertoire at Mass each weekend and celebrations throughout the liturgical year. Reporting will be to the Parish Priest.

The successful candidate will be a practising Christian, respectful of the teaching, ethos and values of the Catholic Church, and a trained organist with experience of playing in a church setting. You will always remember that the purpose of the role is to enhance the beauty and prayerfulness of the liturgy.

You will be keen to expand and support liturgical music across the Pastoral area for all age groups, being respectful and open to all aspects of the richness and diversity of Catholic liturgical music and be prepared to experiment and take risks.

This role will be on a self-employed basis initially for 12 months at £60 per service/rehearsal for an estimated 100 hours per annum, at a salary of £6,000.

Application forms and full details are available from

Closing date: 7th June 2024.

May 2024

St George the Martyr, Wash Common, Newbury

seeks a

Choir Director

We are a thriving church in the Anglican tradition in the heart of South Newbury, catering to all age groups. We strive to be inclusive and welcoming to all and to be a positive force within our community.

We are seeking to appoint a choir director with a passion for church choral music, who can:

- bring out the best in a capable, mixed ability, robed choir of enthusiastic members from age 9 to 90

- lead choral elements within services to support congregational worship (including any live-streamed and online services)

- understand Anglican liturgy and the role of music within worship maximising its role in the spirituality of worship

- help make us attractive to new members, including children, as an outreach opportunity for the church

- run weekly practices, currently on Friday evenings (and other rehearsals as necessary) with an ability to provide accompaniment

- lead the choir on Sundays and festivals, except during the school summer holidays and the Sundays immediately following Christmas Day and Easter Day

- refresh our existing repertoire, and develop our skills to achieve more ambitious works

- lead the coaching of existing and new choir members including providing support for RSCM Voice for Life awards

- work with the church organist, vicar and others in planning and delivery of services following the lectionary seasons and themes

The part-time role would suit an experienced choir director or someone wishing to develop their experience.

Although organist skills are not required, there is an opportunity to play a fine 2-manual organ by JW Walker & Sons which was rebuilt and expanded in 2016, set within a fantastic acoustic.

A remuneration package is offered in line with RSCM guidelines and the experience of the successful candidate.

The person appointed will require a DBS check and will need to complete safeguarding training.

The full job description, application form and relevant documentation can be found at: St George's Choir Director Vacancy

To apply: email your application form to by 1st May 2024.

April 2024

St Luke's Church, Maidenhead

is seeking to appoint a

Director of Music / Organist

To play for Sundays and special services, to lead the choir, to develop further the musical life of the church, and to be a member of the Church's Ministry Team

Salary £4000 p/a

To discuss the post, for further details, or for an application form contact the vicar, Revd. Sally Lynch: / 01628 783033

May 2023

St Nicholas, Rotherfield Greys

(near Henley on Thames)

seeks an enthusiastic and able


The impressive Walker organ has just been restored and enlarged, including a modern piston capture system and a new 16' reed, and is a most rewarding instrument to play.

Currently we have two services a month: a BCP Choral evensong and a Traditional words Eucharist (sung to Merbecke) plus an occasional benefice service and of course, the traditional seasonal festivals. For the future, once an associate priest has been appointed, we hope to resume weekly services.

The loyal congregation is very appreciative of music and would be very supportive of our new organist.

The small, friendly and keen choir enjoy regular practice, and an organist prepared to continue this tradition would be ideal - perhaps adjourning to the next-door pub afterwards!

Remuneration and fees by negotiation.

If you would like an informal discussion or a trial play of the organ then please contact Nicholas Bliss the present organist on 07736284182. For full details please contact the Priest in Charge Mark Ainsworth on

November 2022

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

seek an


To play at two Sunday services a month and for special services as required. Services are at 9.30am on the 1st & 3rd Sundays in the month at St Mary's, Whitchurch-on-Thames.

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:

October 2021