The Scottish Federation of Organists



Queen’s Cross Church of Scotland, Aberdeen; from February 2019

Queen's Cross is a visionary church in the West End of Aberdeen. The position of Master of Music will be available in early 2019.

We seek to appoint an ambitious and enthusiastic musician with wide experience and a repertoire embracing the traditional/sacred and contemporary/secular. He/she would drive forward our programme to provide a church relevant to the community we serve with an outlook extending well beyond our walls.

Worship on Sunday is a core activity and knowledge of the Church of Scotland tradition is essential. Choir skills would be considered desirable as would previous work with children and young people.  We have at our disposal a magnificent and recently refurbished Father Willis organ as well as a first class concert grade piano.  Keyboard skills are thus essential but other instrumental skills would be an asset.

The appointment would be for one year in the first instance and the salary would be determined on the basis of past experience and qualifications in line with the range suggested by the Scottish Federation of Organists and the RSCM.

Further details of the post can be obtained on request from the Minister (Rev Scott Rennie) by email  or the church office .

[Uploaded Friday 3rd August 2018]


New St Andrew’s Parish Church of Scotland, Coatbridge

The post of Organist and Choirmaster of the above church has become vacant on the retiral of our long serving incumbent.

Services are regularly on Sunday mornings with occasional other services.

The organ is a fine 2 manual instrument built in 1870 by “Father” Willis and is regularly maintained by Harrison & Harrison.

There is a small choir which currently meets on Thursday evenings.

The salary is in accordance with the Scottish Federation of Organists scales.

Applications and CV should be sent to the Session Clerk, Miss Dorothy Dunlop, e-mail, telephone 01236707443 from whom further information can be requested.

Closing date 31st December 2018.

[Uploaded Monday 5th November 2018]


Episcopal Church of St. Ninian, Comely Bank, Edinburgh; from mid-August 2018

The Episcopal Church of St. Ninian, Comely Bank, Edinburgh is looking for a new Director of Music/Organist to take up duties in mid-August 2018.

The organ is a 2 manual and pedals Copeman Hart and there is small, enthusiastic and loyal choir of mainly female voices which is seeking to develop itself.  A priority is to make joining the choir flexible and accessible and to include children in the spirit of a family church with "informally formal worship".

There is a weekly choir practice and one sung service every Sunday with additional sung services throughout the church year and this includes Choral Evensong.

The salary offered is in line with the R.S.C.M. recommended scales.

Information from the Rector: Very Rev Frances Burberry on 0131 315 0404 or

[As at 16th July 2018 this position remains vacant so if you feel that it is an appointment you might be suitably qualified to fill than do please do apply.]


Craiglockhart Parish Church, Edinburgh

Craiglockhart Parish Church seeks an Organist and Choirmaster to continue the excellent work of Mr Dennis Dees who finished serving as our Organist and Choir Leader in August 2018.

The Organist/Choir Leader will work with the Minister, Rev. Gordon Kennedy and the Church’s Ministry Team including the Mission Development Worker, Mr. Gordon McBirnie. The Organist/Choir Leader will share in developing the place of music in the worshipping life of our congregation. The remuneration of the post will be in the range between scales (c) and (d) of the Church of Scotland’s Recommended Salary Scales, upwards of £4,500 per annum depending on experience and work undertaken.

In August 2016 the congregation installed a new Allen digital organ, a Bravura L-11 organ, the console is a traditional two-manual and pedal console, with two 61-note manuals and a 32-note concave and radiating pedalboard. An electric piano is also used from time to time, normally for more modern music.

The Church has a dedicated and talented regular Choir of 10-15 members which is supplemented, for performances requiring additional choral resources, by a body of singers who cannot commit to the choir on a regular basis. Our choir regularly takes part in our services from September to Easter.

The Choir meets for rehearsal on Sundays at 9.30 a.m. before the Sunday morning service which commences at 10.30 a.m. Its regular function is to support and supplement congregational hymns, but in addition it contributes to each weekly service an Introit and an Anthem. Each year the choirs leads our Advent Service of Nine Lessons and Carols, during which the choir perform a number of appropriate choir pieces. The choir has also taken part in services during Holy Week. The Organist/Choir Leader will lead, support and develop the role of the Choir as part of the long-standing music tradition of Craiglockhart Parish Church.

Applicants are invited to apply to:
the Minster, Rev. Gordon Kennedy, email:
or the Session Clerk, Mr. Alistair Munro, email:
or at the address:

Craiglockhart Parish Church
Craiglockhart Road North
Edinburgh, EH14 1HS
255 8229

[Uploaded Wednesday 1st August 2018]


Greenbank Parish Church, Edinburgh

Applications are invited for the position of Director of Music which is vacant. This is an exciting opportunity for a talented musician interested in developing a wide-ranging church music programme. As Director of Music you will be the organist; will lead the choir; and will develop and co-ordinate all musical groups (though some are led by other talented volunteers.)  For a suitably qualified and experience individual this position may pay a salary of up to £8,000 per annum.

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,  a congregation that enjoys singing and a range of musical talent eager to contribute more to worship. Further particulars about this post can be obtained from

Mrs Valerie Macniven
Session Clerk
Greenbank Parish Church
Braidburn Terrace
EH10 6ES

from whom full details about the job, the church and the congregation are available.  Applications for appointment accompanied by a CV should also be addressed to Mrs Macniven.

[Readvertised Sunday 16th September 2018.]


Newton Mearns Parish Church

Applications are invited for the permanent position of organist.

Praise is led by the organist and choir with the accompaniment of the 3-manuals and pedals, 34 stops, 1965 J W Walker  organ of which there are only a few in the United Kingdom. The organ was rebuilt in 1988 by Hill, Norman and Beard

An audio-visual system is in place and services are produced by PowerPoint.

Sunday worship is at 10.30am with other services throughout the year, Holy week and Advent.

Salary will be from the scale of the Scottish Federation of Organists dependent on qualification, skill and experience.

Ideally, the organist would be available to play at weddings and funerals for which separate fees would be paid.

For further information about this post, please contact:

Mrs Susanne Paterson, Clerk to the Congregational Board
Church Office telephone:  0141 639 7373

[Uploaded Thursday 26th July 2018]


Mearns Kirk, Newton Mearns

Mearns Kirk wishes to appoint an organist following the retirement of our current organist.  The post will be vacant from 1 August.

The successful applicant will play a 2 manual pipe organ (Rushworth & Dreiper - rebuilt 1982) and a clavinova and will lead our enthusiastic choir of 20, including rehearsals.  The person will develop the role of music in our worship.

Sunday worship is at 10.15am. There are other services throughout the year at which the organist would be expected to play, e.g. three afternoons for Communion,  Holy Week,  Advent services.

The salary will be in line with the Scottish Federation of Organists’ recommendations and will depend on relevant qualifications, experience and skills.

Playing for weddings and funerals would attract a separate fee.

Further information about this post is available from Rev Joe Kavanagh on 0141 384 2218 or from Mearns Kirk, 404 Mearns Road, Newton Mearns, Glasgow G77 5BU.

Applications should be emailed to Rev Joe Kavanagh at by 1 September 2018.

[The original closing for applications for this post was 1 July 2018 but as at 18th July 2018 the position remained unfilled so if you feel that it is an appointment you might be suitably qualified to fill than do please do apply.  The new closing date for applications is 1 September 2018.]


St Matthew’s Church of Scotland, Perth

Applications are invited for the permanent position of organist which, due to our present organist relocating, will become vacant in October.

In a beautful situation on the banks of the River Tay in the centre of Perth the sanctuary was fully refurbished two years ago to make a superb multi-use space without loosing the dignity of God's House.

The successful applicant will play a 2- manual and pedals pipe organ designed and built by J W Walker of London in 1896 as a 2/18 instrument and rebuilt in 1974 by Robert Goldsmith of Edinburgh as a 2/27 instrument.  In 1991 Bob Goldsmith rebuilt it a second time as a 2/33 instument and then in 2002 Sandy Edmonstone restored the organ as a 2/22 instument bringing it back closer to it's original Walker specification.

[The present webmaster has had the priviege of playing this organ recently and found it to be a pleasant and  authentic instrument.]

A clavinova is also available.

The Organist will also lead and develop our enthusiastic singing group of 12, including rehearsals, to prepare for special services.  Sunday worship takes place at 11.00am.   The Organist will work in close collaboration with the minister to lead and develop worship and a creative approach to this is encouraged.

An audio-visual system is installed and the content of services projected on large screen.

The salary offered will take account of the recommended scale of the Scottish Federation of Organists’ salaries and depend upon qualifications, skill and experience.

The organist is expected to be available to play at weddings and funerals for which additional fees will be paid.

Further information regarding the post can be obtained from:
Rev Scott Burton, Minister,  St Matthew's Church of Scotland Church Office, Tay Street, Perth, PH1 5LQ.
Tel: 01738 636757 or

[Uploaded Tuesday 2nd October 2018]