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  • Director of Music /Organist for St Peter's Church Henfield

    Type: Parish By: Diocese of Chichester When:

    The United Benefice of St Peter’s Henfield with St Giles’ Shermanbury and St Peter’s Woodmancote

    “Learning living and sharing God’s Love”

    DIRECTOR OF MUSIC AND ORGANIST for ST PETER’S CHURCH HENFIELD AND DIRECTOR OF ST PETER’S CofE SCHOOL CHOIR

    The parish church of St Peter’s is situated in the vibrant West Sussex village of Henfield. We are seeking an enthusiastic and gifted musician who will make a significant contribution to our worshipping life. The musical life of the parish includes a Sung Eucharist 3 Sundays a month, a Non – Eucharistic Family Service on the first Sunday of each month, the usual Festivals, and Choral Evensong, which rotates around the churches of the benefice on the 5th Sunday. There are plans for an extra evening service each month. In addition, there are a good number of weddings and funerals (13 weddings and 22 funerals during 2017) in church.

    As part of our commitment to our Church of England Primary School, our ideal candidate will take a lead in establishing a children’s after-school choir club and be available to play for up to 2 weekly school services during the academic year.

    The PCC is keen for the choral tradition to be re-established at St Peter’s church. The successful candidate will, therefore, have the skill and commitment required to develop the opportunities that the partnership between church and school brings to the recruitment of a new children’s and adult choir to sing at our 10am service each Sunday.

    Music is an important part of our life together as a church and a school, and the successful candidate will be someone who can embrace both traditional and contemporary musical styles. They will be an experienced choir director who can recruit, develop, and encourage singers of all ages. They will develop the musical life of both church and church school and be excited by the opportunities that this post brings. The PCC anticipates that this role requires a commitment of up to 10 hours a week during term time (not including occasional offices) which will be reviewed annually. Salary based on RSCM guidelines, will be up to £7,000 per annum depending on experience, plus fees. This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check.

    For an informal discussion, for further details or to apply please contact

    The Revd Paul Doick | 01273 492017 | p.doick@btinternet.com

  • Choir Leader/Organist for St Mary’s Walberton near Arundel

    Type: Parish By: Diocese of Chichester When:

    Loving God, Loving Community

    St Mary’s Walberton has a choir of 13 people with a usual attendance of 9 people on a Sunday. We are in need of a choir leader and organist. We have a number of supporting organists who can cover absences, and Sunday evenings as necessary.

    Main duties: 

    • supporting the choir led weekly 9am Traditional service three times a months with a more informal Family Service once a month at 10.30am for which we might develop a children’s choir. 
    • playing twice a month at the 6pm evening service (or 10.30am informal service). 
    • playing at the major festivals (often in the evening) at Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Ascension and Christmas Eve/Day 
    • Leading our weekly choir practice on a Friday evening.

    Remuneration: 

    • The PCC has agreed to pay the RSCM rate for a rural church which is between £2,180 and £3,925 depending on whether the organist is vocational or professional. This will be negotiable depending on previous salary and experience and the number of services to be played. 
    • There are also handful of weddings and funerals each year where the organist charges the RSCM rate presently £80. These could be covered by others if necessary. 
    • We would expect to use the RSCM contract as the basis for terms and conditions including 6 weeks paid holiday.

    This post will require a DBS check at enhanced level.

    Further details: Contact Rev Tim Ward on 01243 551488 email: tjcward@uwclub.net or the church office on 01243 552792 email: walberton.stmarys@uwclub.net

  • Organist/Music Leader for St Mary the Virgin Parish Church, Ringmer

    Type: Parish By: Diocese of Chichester When:

    Contract: Permanent, part time 

    Location: A large village 3 miles east of Lewes, next to Glyndebourne, on the edge of the South Downs National Park 

    We are seeking Christian musicians to help us develop our worship to meet the needs of all age groups within our community, whilst keeping many of our existing traditional and varied musical forms of worship appreciated by our regular worshippers. 

    We are looking for: 

    • a talented musician with a passion for playing our very fine organ (3 manual by Hill, Norman and Beard, 1922, major rebuild 1989 and in excellent order). 
    • an inspirational leader who will work enthusiastically with our dedicated choir in shaping our worship for the future, using a range of musical styles 
    • an innovator, enthusiastically providing encouragement and opportunities to develop worship that’s attractive and relevant across our community especially for our young people 

    If one or more of these roles could be for you, please don’t delay – get in touch to find out more. 

    Details on www.ringmerchurch.org.uk
    email ringmervicarpa@googlemail.com
    call Rev Beth McCleave on 01273 812243

  • Organist and Choir Director -St. Augustine of Canterbury

    Type: Parish By: Diocese of Chichester When: 1 September 2018

    St. Augustine of Canterbury, Cooden Drive, Bexhill On Sea.

    Organist and Choir Director.

    We are seeking to appoint a Organist and Choir Director to continue to enhance our musical tradition.

    Modern Catholic tradition.

    Rates in accordance with RSCM recommendations and qualifications + fees.

    More information from: Fr. Robert Coates, SSC. 01424 210 785 e-mail: robert.coates74@gmail.com

  • Organist & Choirmaster

    Type: Parish By: Diocese of Chichester When:

    Organist & Choirmaster required for St Botolph's Church, Heene, Worthing, from 1st November 2018 (or as soon as possible thereafter).

    Duties to include regular Sunday Sung Eucharist and one weekly choir practice, plus Holy Days and occasional Evensong.

    Two-manual Walker pipe organ and two-manual Eminent electronic organ. Traditional Anglican worship with well-established SATB choir.

    Remuneration at RSCM rates, dependent upon experience. Separate rates for weddings and funerals.

    Please contact Rik Clay (Churchwarden): Tel - 01903 693587; e-mail - rv.clay@ntlworld.com

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