Award for Chris Muhley


We are delighted that an RSCM Certificate of Special Service has been awarded to Christopher Muhley in recognition of his sterling work in this area (and beyond) for some 40 years.

Chris directed the music of St Peter’s, St Albans for some twenty-four years before moving on to St Saviour’s, St Albans for a further four years. Since then he has acted as a freelance organist and choir-trainer at a multitude of churches, and has recently been appointed St Albans Cathedral Parish Organist and Director of the Parish Choir. Ten years ago he founded the RSCM Chamber Choir, which has continued to sing weekend services at the Abbey three or four times a year.

He has given distinguished service on the Area Committee, including a period as its Chairman from 2000 until last year. Many will remember his vision in arranging two highly-resourceful Convention events. He remains on the Committee as a particularly active Consultant, and as a ready source of advice and experience.

The Certificate will be presented by the new Director of the RSCM, Hugh Morris, at the Area Choirs’ Festival in St Albans Abbey on Saturday 13th October.

RSCM Remembrance and Peace come and sing day

Saturday 10th November at St George’s RC Cathedral, Southwark.
Director: Norman Harper, Organist: Frederick Stocken
This event is open to all. Please book by Monday 22nd October.
https://www.rscmlondon.org.uk/remembrance-and-peace.php

Organist vacancy at Marlborough Road Methodist Church

Marlborough Road Methodist Church in St. Albans is looking for an organist to take up post at the beginning of October or as soon after as possible, following the retirement of our present organist who has been with us for ten years.

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 may be opportunities to play for weddings and funerals.

Historically MRMC has a traditional musical style but 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.

For more information you are welcome to contact the minister Reverend Rosemary Fletcher at rosemary.fletcher@methodist.org.uk enclosing a CV.

Organist sought for The Parish of Bengeo, Hertford

Two organs in good order + one happy congregation = you?

The principal Sunday service is the 10am Parish Communion.
Essential: The ability to accompany the liturgy with sensitivity; the ability to extemporise in
liturgy; a reasonable knowledge of organ repertoire

Duties: Attendance at choir rehearsal each Sunday at 9.15am; playing the Parish
Communion at 10am; playing at services on high days and holy days.
Optional playing for weddings, funerals and occasional offices.

An annual contract of £4,000 is offered. To apply please send a CV and covering letter to the Vicar:
The Rev’d Robert Thompson, The Rectory, Byde Street, Hertford,SG14 3BS

Telephone: 01992 413691
Email: revrobert@ntlworld.com

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:

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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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