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.

[ad posted 29Nov18]

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

[ad posted 2Oct18]

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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