The Scottish Federation of Organists


Pipe Organ For Sale

An Edinburgh lady wishes to sell the pipe organ that is in her house.  It was built in 1975 by Basil Wilson of Langton, near Hawick.

The organ is 2 manuals (61 notes, ivory) and concave radiating pedal board (30 notes).
There are 24 speaking stops extended from 3 ranks, ivory drawstops with paper labels.
There are 8 thumb pistons under the lower manual, there are no couplers or Tremulant.
The action is electric, the console is attached and the blower at the side runs quietly.
The pipework is older than 1975 and all unenclosed.
The organ is freestanding and in working order although it does need tuning, some regulation and a few pipes are not sounding.
The organ is 8 feet 4 inches high, 6 feet 3 inches wide and 4 feet 7 inches deep including the pedal board.
There is a standard bench.

If you are interested please e-mail David Stewart on for the specification and photographs.



Spring Outing


LANARKSHIRE SOCIETY OF ORGANISTS - Saturday 22 April 2017, 2.30 pm

AGM and composite organ recital in Bellshill Central Parish Church.


EDINBURGH SOCIETY OF ORGANISTS - Saturday 29 April 2017, 3.00 pm

Dr Eric Smith Memorial Recital in Charlotte Baptist Church (formerly St George's West Church), Shandwick Place, given by John Bryden.



57th SFO Annual Conference - Friday and Saturday 5th and 6th May 2017

Hosted by the Borders Guild of Organists and Church Musicians based in Abbotsford House [from 3.00 pm to 9.30 pm on Friday] and Melrose Parish Church [from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm on Saturday].


Full details on


RECITAL - Friday  12 May 2017, 7.30 pm

Organ Recital by John Kitchen in Rosslyn Chapel

Entry is free with a collection for charity.  Refreshments in the visitors centre afterwards.



AGM in Craigiebuckler Church


EDINBURGH SOCIETY OF ORGANISTS - Saturday 20 May 2017, 11.00 am

AGM in the Parish Church of St Cuthbert, Lothian Road followed by refreshments and, at 12.30 pm, a recital by David Gray.




Summer Outing to Kilmun St Munn's Church and the hydraulically blown Norman & Beard organ.



Interpretation and Improvisation

Notre-Dame-du-Rosaire de Saint-Maur-des-Fossé,
Notre-Dame de Créteil Cathedral, Saint-Louis de Vincennes,
final in Saint-Eustache, Paris.

Lois Robillard (France - Chairman)
Liesbeth Schlumberger (France)
Pascal Marsault (France)
Elzbieta Karolak (Poland)
Shin-Young Lee (South Korea)

Grand Prix d'Interprétation André Marchal-Gaston Litaize - €3,000
Various other prizes may also be awarded - full details on the website.

Registration opens on 17th April 2017 and closes on 8th July 2017 - €60 per competition.


Revised List of Organs in Scotland

In 2011 a revision of the Interim List of Organs in Scotland  (1985) and Organs in Edinburgh (1991), both by David Stewart, was started. This task, it was thought, would take about a year. Only recently was an end in sight, and even that is partly since  it became clear that, unless a deadline was set, the task would never be finished.

So a broad, not entirely inflexible, deadline of 2017 has been set, and we think that there is scope for another hard copy of the combined book. Eventually, once more information is forthcoming as a result of the publication, it may be prudent to put the lists online.

It is estimated that the new book will contain roughly double the number of entries of the 1985 contents, and there will also be some extra entries for Edinburgh, especially from the 18th century. It will thus purport to be the nearest thing to a complete list of all the pipe organs which have ever existed in Scotland, and their various movements round the country.

Now, to anticipate your first question, much of the information is not already on the National Pipe Organ Register! To correct everything on the NPOR would have added another few years to the date of publication of the revised list. However, much information has been gleaned from the NPOR, the British Organ Archive, the missing organ notebooks of A.M. Coutts (1873-1936), the notes of Dr. Jim Inglis (1934-2011), individual church websites, Session and Board records, organists, organ builders - notably Mr. James Mackenzie of Glasgow, histories of individual churches and many church office bearers.

The book will not just contain dry lists of data, but will also be illustrated, plus an article on Scottish organ history and a full survey of sources.

We would be glad to show anyone individual entries for particular churches, towns and other locations, if they would like to check the detail, thus making the published list more accurate.

Alan Buchan,
David Stewart,
3 September 2016

Daily News & Notices

Please also refer to

This 38-page booklet by Donald Maclagan traces the history of the Metrical Psalms in Scotland from 1546 to the present day and was published in 2016 to support the refurbishment of the organ of Kingussie Parish Church that was completed in 2016 by Walcker Orgelbau of Ludwigsburg, Germany.  Built in 1925 by Evans & Barr of Belfast, this historic organ is one of only two instruments by this builder remaining in Scotland.

Copies are available from the author priced £5.00 + £1.20 post and packing.   Please send your details with a cheque for £6.20 to:

Donald Maclagan, 1 Victoria Court, 72 High Street, Kingussie, PH21 1HZ.

Alternatively, you may place your order by emailing and paying £6.20 per copy by PayPal to

The booklet is also available on eBay - search for Metrical Psalms and you will find it easily!
VACANCY - Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church of Scotland, Edinburgh, Scottish Charity Number SC00785

We invite applications for the post of organist at Mayfield Salisbury Church, 18 West Mayfield , Edinburgh to take effect from 1 July 2017.

We are looking for a suitably qualified person to play the organ and the piano at our services and Thursday evening choir rehearsals and to work with our Choirmaster in developing the musical offering in our church.

We have a volunteer Church choir supported by a chamber group of six professional singers who also sing as a unit.  We are hoping to nurture a children’s choir.  Our Church has a healthy interest in music, as witness our very successful Festival of Sacred Music over 2015-16, which we are keen to build on.

Our principal organ is a three manual Allen digital organ and we also have a Lammermuir Chamber pipe organ which is regularly played.

The successful applicant will be subject to enhanced disclosure procedure.

Remuneration is negotiable and further details are available from:

Angus McIntyre
Session Clerk
Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church
18 West Mayfield
Edinburgh EH9 1TQ
Church office: 0131 667 1522

Closing date for applications: 1700hrs 15 May 2017


Peter Collins House Organ For Sale

Manual II: 8’ 4’ 22/3’ 1’ 8’
Manual I: 8’ 8’ 4’ 2’
Pedal: 8’ 8’ 4’ 2’ 8’ (by transmission from manual stops)
Tremulant; inter-manual coupler; mechanical action
Width 175cm, depth 132cm (200cm with pedalboard), height 235cm
Built in 2001. The instrument fits within standard UK ceiling heights, and would be equally suited to use in a house, school, college, or church. Oak case, panels veneered to match. Offers invited.

Please contact Mr William Fox on or 07974 757027.