Funeral Fees with
effect from January 1st 2015
To the Rural Deans and Funeral Directors
in the Peterborough Diocese
(excluding Oundle, Barnack and
and to members of the Northampton and
District Organists’ Association.
At a Committee Meeting of this
Association held on 15th October 2014 at which the
subject of Funeral Fees paid to organists was discussed, the
following recommendation was passed:
minimum fee for a simple service with no choir or previous
rehearsal should increase from Sixty-Five (£65.00) to Seventy
pounds (£70) with effect from January 1st 2015.”
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Organist Required - Badby, South
Organist required for
the parish of Badby, part of the five-parish Knightley Benefice
in South Northamptonshire. There are typically three services
per month, i.e. principal service of Holy Communion at 11 am on
the first Sunday, as well as a Family Service at 11 am on the
second Sunday and Evensong at 6 pm on the fourth Sunday, plus
occasional United Benefice services, weddings and funerals.
position of organist has been voluntary (with the exception of
weddings and funerals) but would consider remuneration if
necessary. There is currently no choir, although several
parishioners participate in other local choirs so there may well
The organ is a
digital organ by Eminent with external speakers, some 20+ years
old but in full working order and considered to be very good by
those who have played it.
Frances Williams (Badby PCC) on 07717 337048 or 01327 437066.
Chamber Choir - Music Director Vacancy
The Northampton Chamber Choir is a
well-established, enthusiastic amateur choir of about 30 mixed voices who are
looking for an inspirational and dedicated Musical Director
to motivate, develop and lead us through the next phase of our choral journey.
The successful candidate should be able to
take up the post in January 2017
or as soon as possible thereafter.
We rehearse on Tuesday evenings between 7.45-9.30pm in St Albans
Church Hall, Northampton, from early September until July.
Recently our annual performance schedule has consisted of two
main concerts after 11/12 weeks of rehearsal (involving
additional musicians and/or soloists from time to time), one or
two shorter concerts or other engagements, and a Christmas
social concert (with a 2/3 week rehearsal period). In addition
to rehearsing and performing, members and their families
participate in social functions on occasions during the year. In
short, we aim to be a friendly group of individuals who all
share a common love of and enthusiasm for making music together
and an ambition to perform at a very high standard.
The choir is a charity with a commitment to promoting musical
education, and is managed by an elected committee whose
responsibility it is to make decisions and provide the link
between the choir and the musical director, who will be expected
to play an active part in its meetings.
The successful candidate will be someone with a high level of
musical ability and excellent keyboard skills along with the
confidence to plan a suitable annual programme from their wide
knowledge of choral repertoire. They will have experience of
choral conducting and will be able to maintain and develop the
high standard of the choir through positive rehearsals and good
vocal training. Their main responsibilities will be proposing a
programme of performances, and then delivering high quality
concerts through taking the weekly rehearsals and assisting the
committee as necessary with all aspects of arranging the
concerts and managing the affairs of the choir.
Interested candidates are invited to
contact the Chair, Jill Brown, by email at
for a fuller job description and details on how to apply. The
closing date for applications is Friday 16 September;
short-listed candidates will be notified by Friday 23 September.
you will be asked to direct an hour’s rehearsal with the choir,
during which you will
be expected to rehearse a piece known to the choir and a piece
of your own choosing. You will then be asked to attend a short
interview with representatives from the Committee.
Rehearsals with the choir are expected to take place (by
arrangement with shortlisted candidates) on Tuesday 4 or 11
October, with interviews on 13/14 October.
information can be found on our website,
ORGANIST AND CHOIR DIRECTOR
SAINT JAMES PARISH CHURCH,
Saint James Church,
Northampton are seeking an enthusiastic musician who
would work with the
existing choir, moving them
forward, build up their confidence
and also help in building up
numbers in the choir.
Playing the organ at the 9.30am Sunday
Play at Festival Services ie:- Christmas,
Epiphany, Candlemas, Ash Wednesday,
Holy Week/Easter, Ascension
Day, All Souls.
Work with the choir weekly at the practice
(currently Thursday evenings)
Please contact Father Philip
Bowden on 01604 461780
or e mail
for a conversation.
Avenue Methodist Church,
Northampton is looking for an
organist to assist by playing
regularly or occasionally for
morning services, and the
occasional wedding or funeral.
has a two manual and full pedal
pipe organ originally built by
Hill Norman and Beard and which
is due to undergo some
restoration work in relation to
the electrics in 2016.
has a choir and separate choir
leader, and the choir rehearses
on Friday evenings from 7.30pm.
fees will be payable by
members who may be interested
please contact Alan Cufaude on
07894237467 or David Grice on
Castle Hill United
Reformed Church Northampton requires an
organist to play for morning services twice per
month sharing duties with the existing organist,
Alan Cufaude on a flexible basis.
Services start at 10.45am
and last approximately one hour. There is no
The Church has a two
manual Eminent Digital Computing organ.
Remuneration is by
Some Northamptonshire Organ
at All Saints’, Northampton Email:
Tony Edwards – Director of Music, St Mary
the Virgin, Higham Ferrers Email:
Jonathan Harris – lessons at St Mary the
Virgin, Finedon, plus churches in the Olney, Milton Keynes,
Stony Stratford area. Email:
Andrew Moodie –
lessons in the Northampton area – Director of Music St John the
Baptist, Kingsthorpe Email:
Robert Page –
lessons to adults in south-west Northants area; including
lessons on hymn and service accompaniment for ‘reluctant’
– Northampton RC Cathedral: Email:
Northampton – Organ Scholarship Email: Email:
St Mary the Virgin,
Finedon - Junior & Senior Organ Scholarships Email:
St Mary the Virgin,
Higham Ferrers – Organ Scholarship Email:
email@example.com (church website:
Wellingborough - Organ Scholarship Write to The Organ
Scholarship Administrator, The Church Office, All Saints'
Church, Midland Road, Wellingborough NN8 1HF
Eddie Palmer Memorial Award - this
is administered by the RCO. It is awarded to any organist under
the age of 25 living in the UK for the furtherance of the study
of the organ, particularly with the intention of taking any RCO
college exam. Preference is given to those living, studying or
working in Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.
Contact Andrew McCrear at the RCO
David Morgan Education Fund - this
is administered by the Northampton & District Organists'
Association. Supports young organists with funding towards organ
tuition, courses, music etc.. Apply in writing to the Hon.
Grants from the David Morgan
Education Fund will be offered annually; the amounts offered
will be dependent on the level of funds available and the number
of applications. The deadline for grant applications is 30th
June each year; applications should be by letter or email to the
NDOA Hon. Secretary, outlining the purpose for which the grant
Applicants are normally Student
Members of the NDOA.
The decision to award the grant,
and the level of the grant, will be taken by the NDOA Committee.
An acknowledgement of the application will be made shortly after
receipt and the committee aims to make their decision and award
the grant by early September each year.
The Michael James Music Trust - Priority is
given to organ scholars working to obtain ARCO/FRCO
qualifications. Grants cannot be given for the
purchase of instruments or equipment.
Young and gifted musicians, taking music related
courses. The trust has a focus on "classical" music
and a priority towards the discovery of talent. The
trust also works towards advancing education in
music in a Christian setting for the enrichment of
How to apply for funding:
Registered Charity number 283943
Application forms can be obtained from the address
below and should be submitted by the end of April.
The Michael James Music Trust
4, Onslow Gardens, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 2QG
Affiliated to the Incorporated Association of Organists.