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Assistant Organist

Parish Church of St Andrew, Sonning, Berkshire


London and Home Counties

Ref: JN010217

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Would you like to be part of our exciting new investment in Church Choral Music?


We are seeking an Assistant Organist at an exciting time in the musical life of our ancient Thames-side church. Founded in the 7th Century by St Birinus, it was a Pro Cathedral Church for the Bishops of Ramsbury and Sonning. St Andrew’s is at the centre of a small beautiful village that attracts many worshippers and visitors from surrounding areas and it is a significant venue for weddings.


In 2020 a bespoke Viscount Regent Classic three manual organ was installed in addition to maintaining our Victorian pipe organ. Our robed adult choir sing at Sunday Eucharists and the robed junior choir join them for two Sundays a month. Choral Evensong, held once a month, is followed by a tea in our Ark complex.


The Assistant Organist is a new position. He/she will work alongside the Director of Music to support the music-making within the church.

The main duties are:

  • To accompany Sunday morning rehearsals and services on the 2nd, 4th and 5th Sundays of the month, and Choral Evensong on the 1st Sunday of the month.
  • To accompany special services, e.g. during Holy Week and at Christmastide.
  • Whenever possible, to deputise for the Director of Music when they are away, including leading Friday evening and Sunday morning rehearsals and services. The Assistant Organist will receive £4,000 p/a with additional generous fees for weddings and funerals.


The Assistant Organist will also be paid at the pre-agreed deputy rate to cover Friday evenings and Sunday mornings when the Director of Music is away.


For a detailed job description, personal specification and information about how to apply see the parish website on:


The deadline for applications is: 5pm on Friday 8 July

Interviews/auditions will be held on Saturday 23 July




St Andrew’s is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. All post holders are expected to share this commitment, including completing the required safeguarding training. The appointment will be subject to acceptable pre-appointment checks, including a satisfactory Enhanced DBS with children’s barred list check. The Assistant Organist appointment will also be subject to acceptable pre-appointment checks, including a satisfactory Enhanced DBS with children’s barred list check.

Closing date: 08 July 2022


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