For the West Somerset Singers, a well established SATB choir based in the Taunton Deane area of Somerset. We are well known locally for our high standard of musical direction and public performance. We are friendly and enthusiastic, currently 35 strong, and enjoy learning and performing a wide musical repertoire. We are looking forward to an exciting future.

The choir rehearse every Monday evening during the spring and autumn terms at Taunton School, culminating in a public concert at the end of each term.

We wish to recruit a capable and confident musical director, commencing January 2019, who will continue to lead us in the high standards and breadth of music that we have performed in the past.

A modest honorarium will be paid.

For more information about the choir go to

To apply or to arrange a visit please contact Sue

Sutton, Chair on 01823 432157, e-mail or Chris Knapman, Secretary on 01823 335303, e-mail

Closing date for applications is September 30th.

Interviews will take place in October.

[ad posted 20July18]


Organist required

The Holy Ghost Church in Yeovil is looking for an organist to play at the 10.30 am Sunday Mass on a once or twice a month basis. Additional interest in training the choir would be welcomed. We could pay £50 per service.

Please contact Mary Ashby

[ad posted 21May18]


St Mary the Blessed Virgin Chard Somerset
Organist required

We are seeking a friendly, competent and enthusiastic musician who is a good communicator, someone who loves music of all types and can enthuse others, is an innovator, and is sympathetic to the Christian faith, we would like you to play for our regular Common Worship Sunday sung Eucharist plus Morning Prayer and Family Service.

Also for Weddings and Funerals during the week if possible, however, this is not essential.

Our organ is a Willis organ which is regularly maintained and consists of 2 manuals and 25 stops.

The music is supported by our enthusiastic Singing group who mainly sing during Communion. It is hoped the Organist would also wish to direct the Singing group. It would be desirable for the applicant can also play keyboard /piano. Holiday relief is available.

For more information or an expression of interest please contact:
Mrs Ruth Rogers, 1, Manor Farm, Chard TA20 2EB with CV (including 2 References)

[ad posted 10May18]


United Parish of East Harptree with West Harptree and Hinton Blewett

Chew Valley near Bristol/Bath.


This post is vacant from September 2018 when our current organist and choirmaster leaves to take up a scholarship in organ studies at the Royal Academy of Music. The three villages of East Harptree, West Harptree and Hinton Blewett function as a single United Parish. We have a remarkable choral tradition; members of our RSCM affiliated four part choir come from all our villages and further afield. Sunday morning sung Eucharist (or Family Service Service once a month) is held in each village by rotation. Choral evensong is sung once a month. The choir periodically enjoys cathedral visits. We enjoy a wide repertoire from Tudor polyphony, through the choral romantic period to music by contemporary composers.

The churches possess two pipe organs (in good condition), an electronic organ, a piano and a keyboard.

We seek an organist and choirmaster who is enthusiastic about enhancing the quality of worship though music and who has a commitment to maintain and further enhance our choral tradition.

The organist and choir have August off duty. Salary is at RSCM recommended rates plus fees for weddings and funerals. The organist and choirmaster is also welcome to use the churches for organ and piano lessons.

For further information see:

Informal enquiries welcome. Please contact Rev’d Karen Spray, Tel. 01761 452017 or Dr Andrew Day, Tel. 01761 221500.

[ad posted 1 May 2018]


Rehearsal accompanist vacancy – South Somerset Choral Society

The South Somerset Choral Society is an established (we have just celebrated out 50th anniversary) and successful choir with some 80 unauditioned and very friendly members from Chard, Crewkerne, Iliminster and surrounding areas. We put on concerts of predominantly classical music from all eras, usually with orchestra, under our Musical Director Tim Donaldson, and we are looking for a new professional rehearsal accompanist to start in September 2018.
The rehearsal period for our two main concerts (Autumn and Spring) and Christmas events runs from September to March, with some additional rehearsals for a less formal event in the summer. Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings 7:30pm to 9:30pm (sometimes a little over) in Barrington Village Hall, near Ilminster, Somerset, or occasionally elsewhere if that is not available.

This role is likely to suit someone qualified to a high standard or with suitable equivalent experience. A fee is payable on a per rehearsal basis.

If you would like further details, have any queries, or are just interested in applying please send your CV or any queries to Tim by email in the first instance:

Closing date: June 27th 2018.

More information can be found on our website:


St Mary of the Annunciation Beaminster Dorset.DT8 3BA

Organist and Choirmaster required


We are seeking a competent & enthusiastic musician to play for a regular Common Worship Sunday Sung Eucharist plus other special occasions. The organ was re-built in 2008 by Skrabl and consists of 2 manuals and 25 stops.

The music is supported by a mature small four-part choir who rehearse on a Friday evening and sing each Sunday. It is hoped the Organist would also wish to direct the choir.

Holiday relief is available.

Remuneration based on RSCM Category B/Town Recommended Rates plus wedding & funeral fees.

This is an ideal position for a young musician in this delightful Dorset Town.


For more information or an expression of interest contact with CV (including 2 References)

The Reverend Canon David Baldwin,The Rectory,3 Clay Lane, Beaminster DT8 3BU .

Full Safeguarding Requirements will need to be met.

Closing Date for Applications Friday 22 June 2018. Proposed Interviews early July in Beaminster.

[ad posted 24May18]



Music Leader: St Francis Church, Keynsham, Bristol

We are seeking a music leader with keyboard skills (piano and ideally organ) to take overall responsibility for music during worship including leading and developing the choir. This entails playing on Sundays (one service) and occasionally midweek e.g. Ash Wednesday and practising with the choir on a weekly basis.

 St Francis Church has an enthusiastic choir of 7 adults, many of whom also play instruments, plus a small worship band.  We have an organ scholar who plays two Sundays a month; other deputies are also available to cover Sundays.

 The church has a small two-manual tracker action organ with pedals, and an upright piano.  It would be helpful, although not essential, for the music leader to be able to play the organ.

 Our music in worship is highly valued by the church, and ranges over a variety of styles. We are seeking a person who shares our enthusiasm and is able to combine both traditional hymns and modern songs in worship.  We also see music as a means of development and outreach for our church, and would support the creation of a children’s or community choir, and the expansion of the worship band.

 More details can be found on the parish website or contact Sally Burton, email, tel. 0117 9839193.

Closing date 15th October 2017.

 Interviews including the opportunity to lead a short practice with the choir will take place during October and the appointment will commence on 1st January 

[ad posted 28 Sep 17]



The Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, Cannington
DIRECTOR OF MUSIC (Organist and Choir Director)
The Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, Cannington
We are seeking to appoint a new Director of Music to maintain and expand our strong choral tradition and enhance our worship and outreach to the local community. This post has arisen due to the well-earned retirement of our previous Director.
One Sunday service per week and sundry festivals, agreed annually.
Adult SATB RSCM affiliated choir. New and enthusiastic junior choir.
Organ by Vowles 1884, based on earlier instrument. Beautiful pipe work. Two manuals (tracker) and pneumatic pedal. Recently rebuilt (with mixture) by Michael Farley.
Choral tradition within Parish Eucharist.
Very good links with local schools.
Opportunity to play for occasional offices.
Annual stipend based on RSCM guidelines.
For job description and any further details please contact:
Revd Alison Waters, Rector
01278 652953
This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check.
[ad posted 2Sep17]



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