The Scottish Federation of Organists




Vacancy - 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 Organistsí 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 mearnskirk@hotmail.com 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.]

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Vacancy - Greenbank Parish Church, Edinburgh

Applications are invited for the position of Director of Music of Greenbank Parish Church, Edinburgh which will become vacant at the end of May 2018 on the retirement of the current incumbent.

The Director will be the lead organ player, will lead the choir, and will have responsibility for coordination of all musical groups (though some are led by others).

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 and a congregation that enjoys singing.

Further information about this post is at this link or from:

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

to whom applications for appointment, accompanied by a CV and the names of two referees, should be addressed.

Email: greenbankchurch@btconnect.com

[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.]

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Vacancy - 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 rector@stninians-edinburgh.org.uk

[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.]

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Tayside Organists Society - Saturday 15 September 2018, afternoon

Organ Crawl to Cupar - details to follow

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SFO Committee Meeting - Saturday 15 September 2018, 2.00 pm

Half-yearly SFO committee meeting within the Mission Room of Saint Matthew's Parish Church of Scotland, Tay Street, Perth, PH1 5LQ.  The meeting starts at 2.00 pm promply and the aim is to finish by 4.00 pm thus allowing committee members to avail themselves of public transport home  if required.

Very limited car parking is available within the left-hand-side driveway of the church and it is earnestly requested that only those with mobility difficulties should try to park there.  Entry to the church buildings is by the door at the extreme rear of that same left-hand-side driveway of the church, then walk straight down the corridor to the door facing you at the very end; this is the entrance to the Mission Room.

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Edinburgh Society of Organists - Saturday 22 September 2018

Day Trip to York including a tour of the workshops of York Pipe Organs (formerly Principal Pipe Organs), a tour of churches and organs within the city centre hosted by the York District Organists' Association and Choral Evensong in York Minster.

Contact Tom Wrench on tom.wrench@btinternet.com or 07948 850764

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Glasgow Society of Organists - Saturday 6 or Sunday 7 October 2018, 2.00 pm
[date dependant on local football fixture date]

Organ recital by John Butt in Govan Old Parish Church

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Stirling and District Society of Organists - Saturday 20 October 2018, 2.30 pm

Organ recital by Tony Baldwin at Larbert Old Parish Church

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Glasgow Society of Organists - Saturday 3 November 2018, 2.00 pm

The Work of the RCO by Andrew McIntosh in St Mungo's Museum of Religious Life and Art, Castle Street, Glasgow.

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Edinburgh Society of Organists - Friday 9 November 2018, evening

Music of Parry 100 years after his death - Professor Jeremy Dibble, University of Durham, will discus Parry's choral and organ works in St Vincent's Chapel, adjacent to St Stephen's, Howe Street.

Contact John Kitchen on j.p.kitchen@btinternet.com

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Edinburgh Society of Organists - Saturday 10 November 2018, morning

Music of Parry 100 years after his death - Professor Jeremy Dibble, University of Durham, will continue to discus Parry's choral and organ works in St Stephen's, Howe Street; this will include performances on the Father Willis organ.

Contact John Kitchen on j.p.kitchen@btinternet.com

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Stirling and District Society of Organists - Saturday 17 November 2018, 2.30 pm

Talk on Baroque with Alex Christie at Craigmailen Church, Bo'ness

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Glasgow Society of Organists - Saturday 24 November 2018, 2.00 pm

Organ Recital by Martin Baker, Westminster Cathedral, by Andrew McIntosh in Church of Christ the King, KIngspark, Glasgow.

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Edinburgh Society of Organists - Tuesday 27 November 2018, 7.30 pm

President's Evening - At Home with John Kitchen.  Members are invited to Dr Kitchen's home for a musical evening featuring his Lammermuir organ, two harpsichords and square piano.  Refreshments, including wine, will follow the music.

[In case of this evening being overbooked a second eveing will be held on the evening before or evening after.]

Contact John Kitchen on j.p.kitchen@btinternet.com

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Glasgow Society of Organists - Saturday 12 January 2018, 2.00 pm

Scottish Historical Organ Trust (SHOT) - Organs in Stately Homes with Chris Bragg and Matthew Hynes in St Mungo's Museum of Religious Life and Art, Castle Street, Glasgow.

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Stirling and District Society of Organists - Saturday 19 January 2019, 2.30 pm

Organ Registration with Kevin Duggan at Holy Trinity, Stirling

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Glasgow Society of Organists - Tuesday 5 February 2018, 6.00 pm

Part of the Choral Contemplation series dedicated to Andrew Graham Service in Glasgow University Chapel

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Stirling and District Society of Organists - Saturday 16 February 2019

Annual Lunch

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Glasgow Society of Organists - Saturday 2 March 2018, 2.00 pm

Organ Recital by Chris Nickol in Shettleston Old Parish Church, Glasgow

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Stirling and District Society of Organists - Saturday 16 March 2019, 2.30 pm

Dunblane Handbell Ringers at Dunblane Cathedral Halls

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Edinburgh Society of Organists - Tuesday 19 March 2019, 7.30 pm

Our Hymnody - an illustrated talk exploring our hymn tradition by Michael Harris in St Giles' Cathedral.

Contact Michael Harris on musicstgiles@gmail.com

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SFO Committee Meeting - Saturday 23 March 2019, 2.00 pm

Half-yearly SFO committee meeting within the Mission Room of Saint Matthew's Parish Church of Scotland, Tay Street, Perth, PH1 5LQ.  The meeting starts at 2.00 pm promply and the aim is to finish by 4.00 pm thus allowing committee members to avail themselves of public transport home  if required.

Very limited car parking is available within the left-hand-side driveway of the church and it is earnestly requested that only those with mobility difficulties should try to park there.  Entry to the church buildings is by the door at the extreme rear of that same left-hand-side driveway of the church, then walk straight down the corridor to the door facing you at the very end; this is the entrance to the Mission Room.


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Glasgow Society of Organists - Saturday 6 April 2018, 2.00 pm

AGM followed by
Scottish Churches Organist Training Scheme (SCOTS) with Andrew McIntosh and Douglas McBay in St Mungo's Museum of Religious Life and Art, Castle Street, Glasgow

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Stirling and District Society of Organists - Saturday 20 April 2019, 2.30 pm

Samba and Extras venue to be confirmed

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Edinburgh Society of Organists - Saturday 27 April 2019

Visit to organ in Fife - details will be be advised later.

Contact Sheila Chisholm on sheilachis28@gmail.com

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59th SFO Annual Conference - Friday and Saturday 3rd and 4th May 2019

Hosted by the Edinburgh Society of Organists and based in the Old Town of Edinburgh.

On Friday evening Come and Sing Messiah in the High Kirk of Edinburgh (Saint Giles'), High Street, with Les Shankland and The Chapter House Singers.  On Saturday morning at 9.30 am come to Saint Cecilia's Hall, Cowgate, for the AGM and a chance to view the historic instument collection there and enjoy a talk and demonstration.

Lunch will follow and then Conference will end with a unique special Conference Evensong in Old Saint Paul's Scottish Episcopal Church which lies just between Jeffrey Street and the Royal Mile, under the direction of SFO twice past-president and four times celebrity recitalist Dr John R Kitchen.

All locations are within easy walking distance.

Contact Nicola MacRae on secretary@eso1913.com

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Stirling and District Society of Organists - Saturday 18 May 2019, 10.30 am

AGM at St Andrew's West Church Falkirk followed by event in Christ Church Episcopal Church, Falkirk

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Edinburgh Society of Organists - Saturday 28 May 2019

AGM - details, venus and recitalist will be advised later.

Contact Nicola MacRae on secretary@eso1913.com

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Edinburgh Society of Organists - Saturday 8 June 2019

Barge Trip on the Union Canal

Contact Iain Mackinnon on 0131 312 8027

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