Assistant Organist sought for Waltham Abbey

Assistant Organist
sought for Waltham Abbey, EN9 1DG starting September 2018 (flexible)

Strong musical tradition, two choirs, professional music staff, supportive clergy.
3-manual Walker organ undergoing comprehensive rebuild by Mander.

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Enquiries and applications to
as soon as possible.  Auditions provisionally 29th June.

Luton Choral Society concert - Grand Tour of European Music

Saturday 30th June 2018, 7.30pm
St Augustine’s Church, Icknield Way, Limbury, Luton, LU3 2JR
Grand Tour of European Music – unaccompanied choral works

Tickets £12, £10 concessions, £5 children

Further information via the website:

Mendelssohn - Elijah


Saturday 14th July 2018 at 7.30pm
Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban, AL1 1BY

St Albans Bach Choir with St Albans Cathedral Choir, St Albans Abbey Girls Choir and the Abbey Singers
in partnership with the St Albans Cathedral Music Trust

Conductor: Andrew Lucas

Rachel Nicholls – Soprano
Anna Harvey – Alto
Ed Lyon – Tenor
Gareth Brynmor John – Baritone

Sinfonia Verdi

Tickets at

Vacancy for an Organist at Essendon

St Mary the Virgin, Essendon, Hertfordshire, seeks an


Essendon is located in rural Hertfordshire between Hatfield and Hertford. It is one of a group of five very friendly, well attended, rural churches, well served by main road links.

There are three, main, morning services each month except August. During Spring to Autumn, Evensong is sung on the 4th Sunday. During August there is one service in the Group, in each church in rotation. Additional fees are payable for funerals and the country setting provides a very desirable background for weddings which also pay fees. So far this year, three couples have booked to be married at Essendon. There are opportunities to play other excellent organs at the other churches in our group. In Essendon and some of the others, there is a small choir of mixed voices supporting the worship.

St Mary’s has a fine, two manual, Willis organ which is well maintained. The service rate is as advised by the RSCM as minimum, plus fees for weddings and funerals. The PCC would, in principle, be willing for the organist to use the Church for lessons and concerts by arrangement.

This position has been created by the passing of the previous incumbent who played for us for 14 years.  It would suit a competent student, wishing to gain experience in a regular, professional setting; a musician looking for a regular and important appointment, or anyone who relishes playing a very fine instrument on a committed, regular basis.  All applicants will be warmly welcomed.

Expressions of interest or for more details, please email or call 07540 351 530.

'Furthest from the Sea' Events in Luton

FFTS Events are looking for music, dance and variety artists to perform in St Georges Square, Luton from 12pm till 4pm on the following dates –

Saturday 14th April
Saturday 12th May
Saturday 14th July

Anyone who is interested in taking part should contact

Situation Vacant: Organist and Choir Director

St Peter & St Paul’s Church, Flitwick, Bedfordshire (3 miles from M1 Junction 12)

is seeking to appoint an enthusiastic and competent Organist and Choir Director to continue
and develop its well-established musical tradition

This thriving and inclusive parish church offers:
– a worshipping community that values and enjoys a broad range of Church music
– a faithful and committed robed choir of adults and young people which sings a dedicated choir piece each week
– a growing library of music ranging from simple chants to full SATB anthems
– a one manual, renovated Henry Jones organ with full pedal board

A suitable candidate will:
– play for the Sung Parish Eucharist on Sunday mornings at 10.30am (not the first Sunday of the month), on the main Feast Days of the year and for other occasional services, etc.
– conduct weekly choir practices (Friday evenings, term-time only) and give appropriate training

This post is available from 1 September, 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter

The church is affiliated to the RSCM and remuneration will be based on its guidelines with additional fees available for occasional offices

For further information or to express your interest in this position, please contact:
The Revd Lucy Davis
01525 712369

Want to Sing Regularly at St Albans Cathedral?

abbeyHere’s an opportunity to sing regularly at St Albans Cathedral.

The Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban PARISH SINGERS is a voluntary, auditioned, adult choir who sing at most of the 9.30 Parish Eucharist Services throughout the year, as well as at Carols on the Hour at Christmas and occasional evensongs. We sing a variety of music, but mostly traditional motets. Prospective members who are competent singers and sight readers are very welcome to come along and try us out prior to audition.

Rehearsals are in the Cathedral Song School on Wednesday evenings 8-9.15pm every two to three weeks, followed by a quick drink in the White Hart opposite.

The choir is very friendly and auditions, with Andrew Lucas – Master of the Music – are not onerous. Please contact the Cathedral Music Secretary, Lizzie, on 01727 890245 or by email:


Calling Young Organists

The Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul, Olney is delighted to introduce an Organ Scholar Programme aimed at existing keyboard players who are interested in learning to play the organ as part of worship in church. The scheme will be particularly beneficial to people who have passed grade five on the piano, or who are at that standard.

For more information on the Olney Organ Scholar Programme, see this PDF file.

Sponsor A Pipe in the Harrison & Harrison Organ at St Albans Cathedral

Christopher Muhley – St Albans Cathedral Music Trust

The great organ at St Albans Cathedral was restored and tonally enhanced in 2009 and now is once again fully operational. A major programme of restoration and development by the original builders – Harrison & Harrison of Durham – was initiated in August 2007 when it could be delayed no longer.

For over forty-five years the organ had been used every day for rehearsal, practice, services and performances. Such heavy usage had, however, paid its toll. The mechanism had become worn and unreliable and it became clear that a full refurbishment could be put off no longer.

The programme of work comprised the complete restoration, repair, cleaning and adjustment of the instrument. At the same time some sensitive tonal enhancements consistent with the organ’s essential character were made including the addition of a 32-foot reed.

Through donations to the organ restoration fund and other gifts, the St Albans Cathedral Music Trust has been able to allocate some £690,000 towards the scheme. This enabled the contract to be signed and the work carried out. However the need to close the gap on the total cost of £830,000 is urgent.

One way of helping is through the “Sponsor a Pipe” scheme, which has been launched by the Music Trust. You can sponsor a pipe in memory of a departed friend or relative, in thanksgiving for a special event, as an unusual gift, or simply for yourself. Families, schools and groups can help too by sponsoring a pipe jointly.

A separate brochure (see link to pdf below) explains how you can take part, and what you will receive in return.

Please be generous in your support so we can also celebrate the raising of the full cost.

Further details: Sponsor A Pipe Brochure (PDF file)

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