South Somerset Choral Society – Rehearsal accompanist vacancy

Following the appointment of Martin Schellenberg to be MD of Cantamus Dorset, the South Somerset Choral Society (SSCS) has a vacancy for a rehearsal accompanist from September 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.

SSCS is an established and successful choir with some 80 unauditioned, dedicated and very friendly members from Chard, Crewkerne, Ilminster and the surrounding areas. We put on concerts of predominantly classical music from all eras, usually with professional soloists and orchestra, under our Musical Director Tim Donaldson.


The rehearsal period for our two main concerts (Autumn and Spring) and Christmas events runs from September to March/April, with 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 venue is not available.


More details about the choir and our repertoire (including the music for the forthcoming Autumn term) are available here:


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 contact Tim by email in the first instance:


Closing date: July 12th 2019.



St Giles Church, Thurloxton is looking for an organist/pianist to play for Sunday services (1st, 3rd, 4th Sundays at 9.30am and 2nd Sunday at 6.30pm)
as well as very occasional weddings and funerals. The instrument is a Clavinova 685. If anyone maybe interested in this post please
contact Revd Jane Haslam for more information. Tel 01278 662429 email


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Frenchay Music Posts 

An exciting opportunity has arisen at Frenchay Parish Church, where we seek Christian musicians to fulfil the roles of:

1) Senior (11 – 18’s) & Adult Choir Director,

2) Junior Choir (7 – 11’s) Leader and

3) Organist.

It is possible that some of these roles may be combined, and we would be interested in discussing options with candidates interested in one or more of these roles.

We are a family friendly church with a robed Senior & Adult choir (RSCM affiliated) and thriving Junior Choir, numbering approx.

25 children and 20 adults. These assist in leading worship at Sunday morning services, including the Sung CW Eucharist and twice monthly at All Age services. Choristers follow the

RSCM “Voice for Life” training scheme. In addition the choir enjoy singing at various special occasions during the year, including Choral Evensong, concerts and annual Cantata.

Considerable investment has been made in our music in recent years. Our original pipe organ was replaced in 2013 by a new “combination organ” (pipes and digital) inside the existing organ case, using much of the old pipework with a new detached console. A brand new Roland electric piano has recently been purchased. New choir robes have been provided, and

an extensive music library has been built up.

We seek musical leaders with a personal Christian faith and proven musical ability, who are keen to cherish the Anglican choral tradition but also open to wider musical horizons. You will need to be a team player, able to encourage and train adults and/or children in weekly practices to participate and grow in their faith and musical ability.

Rev. Charles Sugden, our Rector, is keen to work with those who would see themselves as partners in mission and ministry.

Choir practices are on Fridays during term time at 6.15 – 7pm Junior Choir with Voice for Life 7pm – 7.20pm; 7.30pm – 9pm Senior & Adult Choir.

Please see the church website for further information about choirs and music at Frenchay.

Please contact the Churchwarden, Mrs Sylvia Perry to enquire further, and/or obtain personal profiles and job descriptions for these posts commencing in September 2019.

Contact: (0797 996 1815) or



Organist required for St Mary’s Church, Hardington Mandeville (between Yeovil and Crewkerne)

St. Mary’s Church has a small, but enthusiastic congregation who very much enjoy music in Worship. We have been served by an excellent organist for many years, but now nearing his 90th birthday and in poor health, he feels unable to continue. Thus, we seek a new organist to play on three Sundays a month for our morning services at 10.45 or 11.00 am (first, second and fourth Sundays). We enjoy all kinds of hymns and both traditional and more modern/secular music. We would be happy to have two or more organists sharing the role, if that is appropriate, and to give some training to a pianist who wishes to broaden his or her skills.

We are part of the Coker Ridge Benefice and so have access to the Benefice Choir for many special occasions, adding to the opportunities for music in worship. Also, holiday cover can generally be arranged between other organists in the Benefice.

We use a Viscount Digital organ which was installed some years ago. It has a good sound system and works very well, in the opinion of our current organist. We also have an excellent Victorian 2 manual pipe organ, though this is no longer used generally. However, a London based professional organist related to a wedding couple used it and was very positive about it.

Our current fees are £70 per month, though this is obviously negotiable, and there are also weddings and funerals. The current fees for these are £70 for either (again negotiable). We currently have four weddings booked for 2019. Of course, the number of weddings and funerals varies, but tend to be of the order of seven or eight each year.

For more details please contact the Churchwardens, Daphne Creed on 01935 862363 ( or Richard Middleton on 01935 863812 ( uk)

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Organist required for Creech St Michael Parish Church, outside Taunton (TA3)

Creech St Michael Parish Church is looking for an organist to play on two Sundays a month for our morning services at 11.00 am on Sundays. We have a small but enthusiastic congregation who enjoys singing and would love someone to enable us in our worship. We enjoy traditional hymns as well as a selection of modern songs. We sing a setting for Holy Communion. Sundays can be negotiated. Holiday cover is available.

The organ was installed in 1985 and then restored to its original condition in 1995. It is a high-quality instrument built by George Maydwell Holdich c 1860 who was on a par in quality with Father Willis. It has 2 manuals and pedals, 17 stops, and is in an excellent state of repair and tuning. It is maintained regularly by Lance Foy Organs of Truro.

We can offer a fee (to be negotiated) as well as first refusal on playing for weddings and funerals during the week, for which there are additional fees. Currently the fee is £60 for a funeral and £70 for a wedding (but this is negotiable depending on the couple’s requirements). Numbers of weddings and funerals vary from year to year but are approximately 6 of each per year.

There are other opportunities to be involved in the musical life of our Benefice with neighbouring parishes at Ruishton and Thornfalcon, for occasional offices and special services. We also have a small choir which sings on special occasions and other events which can be built upon if the new post-holder wishes to offer more.

For more details please contact:

The Revd Rebecca Harris

The Rectory

Creech St Michael

Taunton   TA3 5PP

Tel: 01823 444793


You are welcome to come and try the organ and meet the Rector and churchwarden for an informal discussion.

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St Bartholomew’s Church, Crewkerne


Do you have a passion for leading Christian Worship?

We are looking for an enthusiastic and capable musical leader with a love for deepening people in their worship of Jesus in the freedom of the Holy Spirit. You will be responsible for all music during the services within our beautiful church in Somerset.

You will need to be comfortable playing a range of music using the pipe organ, digital organ and a concert grade mini grand piano. While continuing to sing traditional hymns, we are reaching towards increasingly incorporating modern worship songs. We would love to be able to develop a worship band to complement our existing choir.

•  10 am Sunday services

  • Evening services (with modern worship songs)

– 1st (jointly with Baptist Church, Modern Praise)

– 3rd (Prayer & Healing Service, with Communion)•

– Occasional Taizé services (with choir)

The Friends of Crewkerne Church arrange concerts with renowned musicians approx. once every month in the church.

If you are available during the week you would also be responsible for playing for weddings and funerals throughout the year in the church.

An honorarium is paid in addition to fees for occasional offices.

For more information please visit our website

and email the Parish Office with full details and CV to

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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

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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)


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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.

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