Vacancy for Accompanist

An Accompanist is required for Portishead Choral Society to start in September 2016.

We are a friendly, local SATB choir with around 80 members and aim to provide the local community with the opportunity to perform or to listen to choral music to a high standard. We rehearse on Thursdays from 7:30pm to 9:15pm at St Joseph’s Church, West Hill, Portishead BS20 6LN. We perform our concerts in Gordano School New Hall or Portishead Methodist Church in the High Street. Portishead is just off Junction 19 of the M5 and easily reached from the M4 by Junction 20. However, in the interests of both parties, we are looking for applicants who live reasonably locally

We perform three public concerts a year on Saturdays in December, March and June. We recently celebrated our Diamond Jubilee and under our conductor Jonathan Palmer we are developing a reputation for enterprising programming and concerts which provide opportunities for audience participation. For further information about the choir and past repertoire, please visit

This is a paid position and the Accompanist is often required to take part in concerts, for which a separate contract and fee would apply. We are looking for someone who has:

Excellent sight-reading skills
Excellent keyboard skills
Experience of performing/rehearsing choral music
Experience as a rehearsal pianist

In addition, the ability to play the organ would be an advantage.

Interested applicants should send a CV and covering letter by e-mail to the Secretary Alex Cottrell,,as soon as possible. Informal queries may also be directed to this address.

Closing date for applications is 31 July 2016.