The Scottish Federation of Organists

SCOTS Local Organ Workshops

SCOTS Local Organ Workshops are open to all. Please contact Douglas Galbraith with enquiries.


Workshops for the coming season:

4 November 2017 - Motherwell

10 February 2018 - Coupar Angus

28 April 2018 - Kirkcaldy



We have the use of the (RC) Catholic Cathedral organ, a large three manual instrument, and the newly refurbished Walcker organ in the nearby Church of Scotland building.

Cathedral organist (and Royal Conservatoire of Scotland lecturer) John Pitcathley has an enormous inventiveness in accompanying hymns and other service music, some of it very entertaining and all of it giving us something to take away.

Our new Administrator Andrew Macintosh (St Andrews University and the Royal College of Organists) is taking us through a handful of pieces from the syllabus (at last being revised, by the way) in which he will 'talk to life' the pieces and help us to understand what the pieces are saying and doing, as well as give us some help in how to master the difficult bits and how best to use our precious practice time.

The third tutorial is likely to be a forum in which participants can share any problem or experience, be it about local relationships, tunes, problems, nerves, technical matters, what to play when, anything in fact.

The programme will run from 10.30am until 3.30pm and we gather at Motherwell Cathedral. The cost is 25 (15 concessions). Again, that's Saturday November 4. If you tell Ruth Irons (Membership Secretary) or myself you are coming you will get a detailed programme and directions for travel. I am also happy to give more information (phone or email).

Local people are also invited and we hope there will be a good core of SCOTS participants and friends to greet them.