Thornhill Parish Church Dewsbury

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   United Benefice of Thornhill and Whitley Lower

  Thornhill Parish Church of St Michael & All Angels , Church Lane,  Thornhill , Dewsbury ,WF12 0JZ

   and   St Mary and St Michael Whitley

Director of Music   

Following the move of our existing MD to a new region and our Community Choir MD retiring during Covid we are looking to recruit an experienced organist and choir leader as our permanent Director of Music.   The former two posts will be incorporated into one, along with the post of Organist at our smaller Benefice church at Whitley Lower. Enthusiasm to lead us  from the rigours of Covid 19 to a bright future is important,

 The J. J.  Binns organ was restored in 2015 as part of a Lottery funded scheme. Our wish is to develop all aspects of the music of the church and develop the community choir.

Salary about £6.5K p.a.

Closing date for Applications 31st December 2021

Please see our website for Job Brief and more details of our churches.

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For more information call Brian on 07947722385 or send CV to

Do Not be afraid' is a song we sometimes sing at Communion- you might like this version.

Music at Thornhill

The Thornhill Song The Only place to be

Together  a song expressing the idea of Being Together- very popular in school.

Organ Demonstration 1

Musical Director- is Dr Tony Mears

Tony will be leaving us shortly as he is moving away from the area shortly.( posted 25th October 2021)

We are dleighted Tony is  in charge of music at both Churches.


Phone - 07508 116006

Choir Practices- Wednesday   Church Choir  6.00 p.m.
                           Wednesday Community Choir 4.15 ( not meeting at the moment)

A generous grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund has made it possible for the organ to be restored, and we plan to have the whole community learning and participating in live music in the church. For more information on the scheme, please click here

Music development

We have just comp[leted a project to develop the music offered at Thornhill Parish Church. This includes developing the exisiting choirs in the Benefice churches,  setting up a community choir, and building on our musical links with local schools.. There is some Admin support available. The Project ended in July  2019

Children regularly come into the church. Here are two photos  when two local schools came to hear the restored organ demonstrated. 

Organ Demonstration 2 

Community choir.    After lsoing our MD through illness during the pandemic we are currently looking for a new MD to start as soon as we can do so. 

UsuallyPractices on Wednesdays at 1615. No auditions, no age criteria just come and enjoy singing together.

Work in schools there are regular visits to church from local schools covering many different topics run by our specialist group of colleagues. In the Let there be Music project wasa major project in place at the two Primary schools which will culminated in two concerts on  26th June 2019.

Church Choir

 The choir in the Benefice is a friendly group of singers who meet for the love of singing, anyone can sing with the group, and it does not matter how much experience you have. There is no need to audition. 

The choir rehearses at Thornhill church on Wednesday evenings, 6.00-7.00  pm. Everyone is welcome to join - just come along and give it a try! 

Worship Group

There is a small music group who wish to develop their skills and contribute to our worship. 

band       band      

Concerts and Recitals

The church has an active concert series and welcomes artists and performers from across the region. For details of upcoming performances, please click here


The recently restored organ at Thornhill is a fine two-manual Binns instrument. It was restored by Malcolm Spink in 2015. The opening recital was given in May 2016 by the renowned organist Gordon Stewart. A professional recording with Gordon as artist  is now available as a CD . For more information, please click here


For more information about music at Thornhill Parish Church, please contact  Brian at