Church is on the hunt for a keyboards maestro

Eaglesham Parish Church.
Eaglesham Parish Church.

Eaglesham Parish Church has launched the new year by posting what may be East Renfrewshire’s most unusual job vacancy.

The church needs a new organist and choir leader to replace recently-retired James McKenzie, who has both maintained and played the magnificent Victorian Father Willis pipe organ since it was first installed almost half a century ago.

It could be a dream job for an experienced musician looking to live in (or commute to) one of the best-known buildings in East Renfrewshire’s iconic conservation village.

For experienced organists and keyboard maestros who know about these things, the organ, dating from around 1880, has “10 stops with full tracker-action as well as a balanced swell pedal”.

The church also has a Kawai Concert Artist 51 digital piano, which was purchased in 2008.

The organist’s duties include accompanying the church’s Praise Band, which plays on regular occasions.

Meanwhile the “enthusiastic and friendly choir” contributes weekly to worship in church from October to Easter.

For anybody interested who may be suitably qualified, Church of Scotland salary scales, terms and conditions apply.

For further information and a full job specification contact session clerk and choir member Wendy Armstrong, at wendy.armstrong2@btinternet.com or by phone on 01355 302346.