Organist Vacancy

St Mary’s Church, Riverhead, is seeking to appoint a Director of Music/Organist.

 St Mary’s is an architecturally fine Decimus Burton church, in the Anglican tradition, with a friendly and welcoming congregation. We are part of the 3-parish benefice of West Sevenoaks, with a team of clergy covering all 3 churches. Music has always been a strong part of our worship at St Mary’s - we have a small and proficient robed SATB choir, which sings at services. The organ, an Allen Quantum 286, was installed in 2016, and has many additional features. The church has excellent acoustics, and is often used for choral concerts.

We are looking for:-

  • A Director of Music who is an organist with a high level of musicianship and an excellent standard of playing, familiar with the musical requirements of accompanying traditional services
  • Someone who is available to play for 3 Sunday services each month, consisting of 2 Sung Eucharists and a service of Morning Prayer, plus occasional extra services for festivals etc.
  • An inspirational Choir Director, to take weekly choir practices and build up numbers in our adult choir
  • Someone who will forge links with local schools, with the aim of starting a children’s choir, and to eventually combine children and adults in a larger choir; this is very important for the future musical life of our church.
  • A team member who will work with the clergy in planning music for our services
  • An enthusiastic and able musician, someone with the commitment and willingness to encourage and develop all aspects of music at St Mary’s

 We are offering:-

  • A team of supportive musicians, including organists, and a music co-ordinator
  • Plenty of resources of choir music
  • A friendly and appreciative congregation
  • Affiliation to the RSCM
  • Fees by negotiation, but in line with RSCM recommendations. Extra fees for funeral and weddings

Interested candidates should contact the Music Co-ordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by November 5th 2023. Interviews will take place during November.

Any appointment is subject to DBS clearance and Diocesan Safeguarding training.