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Organist vacancies

Balerno Parish Church
Director of Music

Applications are invited for the position of Director of Music which is currently vacant following the retirement of our previous organist.  As the church organist, the Director would also lead the choir and have responsibility for the coordination of the contribution of other musical groups to worship.
Sunday worship is at 10am and is led by a (currently) balanced choir of approx 20 voices who sing an introit.  The choir have regularly rehearsed on Thursday evenings and have prepared special services of music for Christmas and Easter as well as contributing occasional anthems to worship.
The church also has a praise band – Jubilate - consisting of 12 musicians and singers overall.  It contributes regularly to worship, depending on availability and playing mostly contemporary music.  Young people from the church’s Sunday Club also sing at special services and there is scope to develop their involvement in worship further.
The congregation has always enjoyed a variety of music and there are members of the congregation who are able to play occasionally if circumstances require.

The church organ was recently replaced in 2015 and is a Viscount Physis Envoy 35-F with two manuals and pedalboard.

Salary would be negotiated on the basis of experience, consistent with the scales of the Scottish Federation of Organists.
Applications should be made by letter with a CV outlining musical experience and previous organist roles held. These should be accompanied by the names of two referees and sent to from whom further information is available.


Posted: 10 April 2018

St Michael’s Parish Church, Linlithgow

Organist and Coordinator of Music

We are looking for an experienced and appropriately qualified Organist and Coordinator of Music to play at our services, conduct our choir and work with our Ministry Team to develop the role of music in the life, worship and outreach of our congregation. The church is equipped with a Willis organ (1912) with 2 manuals and pedals, and a grand piano. You would be expected to direct our enthusiastic and loyal mixed voice choir, and to co-ordinate a variety of other musical groups within the church. We are looking for a person with good people skills, the ability to play a wide variety of music genres, and the vision to lead us forward in new and inspiring ways. In return, we offer a warm and welcoming congregation, an enthusiastic choir and a large number of accomplished musicians of all ages keen to use their talents in the life of the church. Remuneration will be within band (C) of the recommended salary scales for Organists, as set by the Scottish Federation of Organists.

For job description and further information, please see St Michael’s Church website or contact


Closing date: Friday 13 April 2018

Scottish Charity No. SC016185


Posted: 4 April 2018

St Mary’s RC Cathedral, Edinburgh
Organist Vacancy

St Mary’s Cathedral are seeking an experienced organist to support the Director of Music to enrich the musical worship of the Cathedral. 

An annual fee of £8,000 is payable and covers attendance at the Saturday Vigil at 6pm, Sunday services at 9am and 12 pm, choir rehearsals and other key services during the year. Wedding and funeral fees would be paid in addition to this as undertaken.

Applications should be made by CV and covering letter outlining musical experience and previous organist roles held. These should be sent to 

Further details are available at or a full role description can be requested by email.


Posted: 9 March 2018

Greenbank Parish Church

Director of Music


Applications are invited for the position of Director of Music which will become vacant at the end of May 2018 on the retirement of the current incumbent.  The Director will be the lead organ player; will lead the choir; and will have responsibility for coordination of all musical groups (though some are led by others).

The church has a two-manual and pedal board pipe organ, an enthusiastic choir which sings introits and anthems at the main service every Sunday from October to the end of May and a congregation that enjoys singing.


Further information about this post is at this link or from:
Mrs Valerie Macniven, Session Clerk,
Greenbank Parish Church,
Braidburn Terrace,
Edinburgh EH10 6ES
to whom applications for appointment, accompanied by a CV and the names of two referees, should be addressed.


Posted: 4 March 2018


Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh
We are seeking an Assistant Organist to play our Peter Collins organ at Sunday morning services, to assist in rehearsing our SATB choir, to deputise when the Organist is away and, if available, to play at occasional midweek services and act as Outreach Duty Manager for concerts etc.

To support our extensive Outreach programme, Greyfriars is also seeking to recruit a project manager for our 400th anniversary in 2020 and an events/ marketing assistant, which might combine with the Assistant Organist position.

Full details are on the Greyfriars kirk website at
Enquires to Steve Lister, Operations Manager on 0131 225 1900 or 


Posted: 26 January 2018


St Ninian's Episcopal Church, Comely Bank

Vacancy from Mid-August 2018 for a

Director of Music/Organist

Part-time - 10 hours per week


2 manuals and pedal Copeman Hart organ
•       Small, enthusiastic, loyal choir of mainly female voices seeking to develop
•       Key priority is to make joining the church choir more flexible and accessible, including children, in the spirit of a family church with ‘informally formal worship’
•       Weekly practice and one sung service every Sunday: additional sung services throughout the church year, including Choral Evensong
•       A comparable RSCM level salary


Information available from:
The Very Reverend Frances Burberry (Rector)

t: 0131 315 0404


Posted: 20 January 2018

Dirleton Kirk


Our Sunday worship is at 9.30am.  We are seeking a regular organist but would also welcome contact with persons prepared to play on an occasional basis.  

Contact Keith Stewart: 

Posted: 1 May 17

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