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St Alban's Church, North Harrow

St Alban's Church, North Harrow, London wishes to appoint an experienced organist and choir director. The successful candidate will be passionate about the opportunity to build up and develop the musical life and worship of the church and parish. Remuneration will be in accordance with RSCM guidelines plus fees from occasional offices and the potential for additional projects in the community which would come with their own funding.

Full details from: https://www.stalbans-nh.org.uk/organistandchoirdirectorpost.htm.
Enquiries to stalbanschurch@btinternet.com.
Closing date: 31 August.
Informal visit: 4/5 Sept.
Interviews: 11 Sept.


St Saviour’s Church, St Albans

St Saviour’s Church, Sandpit Lane, St Albans is looking for an organist to take over from Dr John Winter, who retired last year.

St Saviour’s is a Church of England Parish Church in the Anglo-Catholic tradition. The duties involve working with the Choir Director, playing for the regular Sunday Sung Mass at 10.00 am on Sunday mornings, accompanying choir anthems plus the congregational setting of the Communion Service and various responses. There are also special evening services such as Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Ascension Day, Corpus Christi, Harvest Festival Evensong, All Souls’ Day, Service of Lessons and Carols, Midnight Mass. You would not be required to attend Friday evening choir practices, except by occasional special arrangement. You will get to play on the International Organ Festival Society’s own organ, built in the Baroque style by Peter Collins. You will also play on the ‘Parish Organ’, originally built by Nicholson’s, and worked on by Willis amongst others over the years; this instrument is not in a good state of repair, but some of it is still usable, and it is hoped that work to improve it may be undertaken before too long. Salary by negotiation.

Please contact Nicholas Hare, choir director by email at nicholas@haremusic.co.uk or phone 01727 855626 or 07817 730296.

St Mary’s Church in Northchurch (Berkhamsted) Hertfordshire

St Mary’s Church in Northchurch wish to appoint an Organist and Director of Music.

St Mary’s is an attractive and well-maintained church at the heart of Northchurch. Its origins go back 1000 years and it has an enthusiastic and welcoming congregation. The organ, a fine 3 manual instrument, is in good repair and attracts praise from visiting organists. After many years, the Organist and Director of Music, Jenny Hoare, is relocating to the Marches. The choir has ten experienced adult choristers singing in four-part harmony with a wide repertoire of anthems and which sings at the Parish Eucharist on Sunday, at festival services and occasional evening services.

The clergy and PCC members regard the musical life of St Mary’s as a very important part of worship in the services and in church life, both for the pleasure of the existing congregation and to help attract new congregants. Clearly the ideal candidate will be excited about the role and hopefully would want to stay in the position for some years.

The Director of Music will be part of a team and responsible to the incumbent. The responsibilities are two-fold:

  •   Play for Sunday services at 10.00am
  •   Play for church festivals as required
  •   Play for weddings and funerals as required
  •   Choose hymns month by month
  •   Liaise with clergy re music list
  •   Accompany choir on Sundays and at special services
  •   Ensure organ is maintained in good working order

Choir Leader
  •   Arrange and run weekly rehearsals
  •   Prepare anthems for Sundays and special services
  •   Keep a database of singers in line with data protection advice
  •   Oversee music library
  •   Liaise with clergy re choir items and music lists
  •   Act as a corresponding member for RSCM
  •   Recruit new members for the choir
  •   Liaise with youngsters for a junior section

Remuneration in line with RSCM rates depending on experience/nature of the candidate, and there are additional services, such as weddings and funerals, for which additional fees would be paid.

Applications / CVs to Margit Pendl-Dobbie at margit@gameplaneurope.com.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Closing date for applications: 30th April 2021

Marlborough Road Methodist Church, St Albans

Marlborough Road Methodist Church again has a vacancy for an organist. This position might be suitable for a student.
Currently the organist plays for Sunday morning worship, and on other occasions such as our annual Carol Service and Wesley Day Celebration in May. Throughout the year there are opportunities to play for weddings and funerals.
Historically MRMC has a traditional musical style but we would be open to new ideas and initiatives from the successful candidate, in consultation with the minister.
The organ itself has been well maintained and is one of the three in St. Albans used for practice during the biennial International Organ Festival. Payment would be in line with the current guidance from RSCM and take into account the experience of the successful candidate.
There is possible potential for a children’s choir, if the applicant were able to make links with our Brownie groups and the local Primary School with whom we have links.
For more information you are welcome to contact the minister the Reverend Rosemary Fletcher at rosemary.fletcher@methodist.org.uk enclosing a CV.

St Michael & All Angels Church, Gordon Hill, Enfield

St Michael & All Angels, Enfield are looking for an Organist from 1st January 2020 to succeed the present Organist, who is retiring.

Duties include:

  • playing for the weekly Sunday morning Parish Eucharist at 10am
  • some Holy & Festival days
  • occasional weddings and funerals

  • There is a small ‘singing group’ (over which the Organist would have jurisdiction) to help lead hymn-singing and often to sing a selection of hymns during the administration of communion. It is not a trained choir, however, and there are no formal duties such as midweek choir practices.
    Current fees are £65 per standard service, £75 for funerals, £85 for weddings.
    There is a well-maintained Henry Speechly pipe organ of 13 speaking stops.
    It may be possible to arrange the post as a job share if that would prove more acceptable.
    For further information please contact the Vicar, the Rev’d Stephen Taylor tel: 020 8363 1063 or email: stephen.taylor@london.anglican.org for further details or to arrange an informal visit.

    This page last modified 21 June, 2021 by [EDOA Administrator]

    Image: St Paul, Harringay, by Richard Bower (1993). Click the image to view more details about this instrument on the National Pipe Organ Register.

    Img: The organ in the Greig Academy (formerly the School of St David and St Katherine), Hornsey, built by Hill, Norman and Beard (1976/1993) . Click the image to view more details about this instrument on the National Pipe Organ Register.

    Image: St Benet Fink, Tottenham, by Abraham Jordan (1714), rebuilt by Henry Willis (1884). Click the image to view more details about this instrument on the National Pipe Organ Register.

    Image: St Andrew, Enfield, by Richard Bridge (1752), rebuilt by Hill, Norman and Beard (1965/1972). Click the image to view more details about this instrument on the National Pipe Organ Register.

    Some organs in Enfield and district ... click on the images for more information

    Copyright of these images belongs to John Norman. They are reproduced here with his permission.