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Funeral Fees with effect from January 1st  2015 (unchanged at end of 2017)


To the Rural Deans and Funeral Directors in the Peterborough Diocese

(excluding Oundle, Barnack and Peterborough Deaneries),

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:

“That the 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.”


NDOA is on Linked In and Facebook

NDOA members are able to join our Linked In group 'Northampton & District Organists' Association' on Linked In. Search under Interests and Groups and you'll find us there.

We are also now on Facebook.


Organ Available

Viscount Vivace 40 purchased in June 2011 (all original paperwork available). It's in perfect condition. Sale due to death of owner. £1500. Contact Mrs Lawes on lawesmast@gmail.com



Organist required for Nine Lessons and Carols at Wicken Church in the Towcester Deanery. Sunday 17th December at 6pm.

Please contact Revd Diane Whittaker 01908 542043


Redundant Organ Available - Thrapston Methodist Church

A late 19th century well-maintained two manual tracker action organ by J Claypole & Son of Peterborough. Quality pipes and a compact 2.5x2.5m floorplan design (including blower) and a height of 4m. Pine case.

Great 8 8 8 8. Swell 8 4 8 8. Pedal 16. 4 couplers

To view and play: the church will be open on Saturday 25 November 2.00 to 3.30pm. If you intend to visit, please contact rogertivey@btinternet.com


Organist Required - Badby, South Northants 

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. 

Previously the 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 be interest. 

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. 

Please contact Frances Williams (Badby PCC) on 07717 337048 or 01327 437066.


Northampton 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 chair@northamptonchamberchoir.org.uk, 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.

If shortlisted 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.

More information can be found on our website, www.northamptonchamberchoir.org.uk.








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.


Duties include:


1.      Playing the organ at the 9.30am Sunday Service.

2.      Play at Festival Services ie:- Christmas, Epiphany, Candlemas, Ash Wednesday,

Holy Week/Easter, Ascension Day, All Souls.

3.      Work with the choir weekly at the practice (currently Thursday evenings)


Please contact Father Philip Bowden on 01604  461780 

or e mail frphillbowden@gmail.com

for a conversation.



Organist required

Park 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.
The church 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.
The Church has a choir and separate choir leader, and the choir rehearses on Friday evenings from 7.30pm.
Organists  fees will be payable by arrangement.
Would all members who may be interested please contact Alan Cufaude on 07894237467 or David Grice on 01604 890477




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 choir.
The Church has a two manual Eminent Digital Computing organ.
Remuneration is by negotiation.
If you are interested or would like further information please contact Alan Cufaude on 07894237467 or by email to alannorthampton@hotmail.co.uk


Some Northamptonshire Organ Teachers

Lessons at All Saints’, Northampton Email: music@allsaintsnorthampton.co.uk

Tony Edwards – Director of Music, St Mary the Virgin, Higham Ferrers  Email: tonye1960@aol.com

Jonathan Harris – lessons at St Mary the Virgin, Finedon, plus churches in the Olney, Milton Keynes, Stony Stratford area. Email: jonathanharris@choirofstmarythevirginfinedon.com

Andrew Moodie – lessons in the Northampton area – Director of Music St John the Baptist, Kingsthorpe Email: akjmoodie@aol.com

Robert Page – lessons to adults in south-west Northants area; including lessons on hymn and service accompaniment for ‘reluctant’ organists. Email: rpmusic@hotmail.com Website: http://www.rpmusic.org.uk

Christopher Weaver – Northampton RC Cathedral: Email: cfweaver43@yahoo.co.uk

Organ Scholarships

All Saints’ Northampton Email: music@allsaintsnorthampton.co.uk

St Matthew’s Northampton – Organ Scholarship Email: Email: music@stmatthews-northampton.org.uk Website: http://www.stmatthewsnorthampton.org.uk

St Mary the Virgin, Finedon -  Junior & Senior Organ Scholarships Email: jonathanharris@choirofstmarythevirginfinedon.com Website: http://www.choirofstmarythevirginfinedon.com 

St Mary the Virgin, Higham Ferrers – Organ Scholarship Email: tonye1960@aol.com (church website: http://www.stmaryhighamferrers.org )

All Saints', Wellingborough - Organ Scholarship Write to The Organ Scholarship Administrator, The Church Office, All Saints' Church, Midland Road, Wellingborough NN8 1HF

Funding for young organists

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 http://www.rco.org.uk

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. Secretary Email: :info@northamptonorganists.org.uk

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 is requested.

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 worship.
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



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