The Scottish Federation of Organists




ABERDEEN & DISTRICT ORGANISTS' ASSOCIATION - Friday 12 January 2018, 7.30 pm

Annual Dinner in The Mariner Hotel, Aberdeen with guest speaker Prof Andrew Morrison

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LANARKSHIRE SOCIETY OF ORGANISTS - Saturday 13 January 2018
joint with GLASGOW SOCIETY OF ORGANISTS

Organ Crawl to East Renfrewshire

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STIRLING AND DISTRICT SOCIETY OF ORGANISTS - Saturday 20 January 2018, 2.30 pm

Recital by various musicians in St Ninian's Craigmailen Church, Linlithgow.

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LANARKSHIRE SOCIETY OF ORGANISTS - Sunday 21 January 2018, 6.30 pm

Songs of Praise in Dalziel St Andrew's Parish Church, Motherwell

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EDINBURGH SOCIETY OF ORGANISTS - Saturday 27 January 2018, 3.00 pm

Demonstration by George Wilson of the 4-manual electronic organ in Nicholson Square Methodist Church, Edinburgh
Contact jobryd2@aol.com

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TAYSIDE ORGANISTS' SOCIETY - Tuesday 30 January 2018, 7.30 pm

Organ recital by Lionel Steuart Fothringham in St Mary's, Our Lady of Victories Church, Dundee

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BORDERS GUILD OF ORGANISTS AND CHURCH MUSICIANS - Saturday 3 February 2018, 11.00 am

Vocal workshop with Frances Cooper in Lauder Kirk


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GLASGOW SOCIETY OF ORGANISTS - Thursday 8 February 2018, 6.00 to 7.00 pm

Meeting

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LANARKSHIRE SOCIETY OF ORGANISTS - Thursday 15 February 2018, 7.30 pm

Organ Recital in Cadzow Parish Church, Hamilton by Matthew Lazenby

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STIRLING AND DISTRICT SOCIETY OF ORGANISTS - Saturday 17 February 2018

Annual Lunch in the Grange Manor Hotel with guest speaker Robin Bell.

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TAYSIDE ORGANISTS' SOCIETY - Tuesday 20 February 2018, 7.30 pm

Talk and mini-recital on A Profile of Nicholson & Co Organ Builders and some of their Recent Work by Andrew Caskie in St Mary Magdalene's Episcopal Church, Dundee.

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ABERDEEN & DISTRICT ORGANISTS' ASSOCIATION - Saturday 24 February 2018, 10.00 am

Hymn and Hymn Playing with Dr Roger Williams in St Machar's Cathedral Aberdeen

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EDINBURGH SOCIETY OF ORGANISTS - Saturday 24 February 2018, 11.00 am

Recital at Inverlieth St Serf's Church, Edinburgh by David Saint, St Chad's Cathedral, Birmingham, followed by Lunch at 12.30 pm
Contact j.p.kitchen@btinternet.com

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BORDERS GUILD OF ORGANISTS AND CHURCH MUSICIANS - Saturday 3 March 2018, 12.30 for 1.00 pm

Social Lunch in Cardrona Hotel, Peebles with guest speaker Alistair McGregor

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GLASGOW SOCIETY OF ORGANISTS - Saturday 3 March 2018, 2.30 pm

Meeting

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TAYSIDE ORGANISTS' SOCIETY - Tuesday 6 March 2018, 7.30 pm

A musical programme presented by Robin Bell and pupils of St Leanard's School, St Andrews in Dundee West Church.

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LANARKSHIRE SOCIETY OF ORGANISTS
joint with STIRLING AND DISTRICT SOCIETY OF ORGANISTS - Thursday 10 March 2018, 2.30 pm

Concert in Bellshill Central Church by Schola Benedicti

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EDINBURGH SOCIETY OF ORGANISTS - Tuesday 13 March 2018, 7.30 pm

President's Meeting in the newly refurbished St Celelia's Hall, Cowgate, Edinburgh
Contact j.p.kitchen@btinternet.com

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SFO Committee Meeting - Saturday 17 March 2018, 2.00 pm

Committee Meeting in Mission Room of St Matthew's Church, Perth

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ABERDEEN & DISTRICT ORGANISTS' ASSOCIATION - Saturday 17 March 2018, 2.30 pm

Organ Recital by members of the ADOA in the Kirk of St Nicholas

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EDINBURGH SOCIETY OF ORGANISTS - Date and time to be confirmed, April 2018

Visit to the Scottish Theatre Organ Preservation Society, Greenlaw
Contact nicolamacrae@hotmail.com

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GLASGOW SOCIETY OF ORGANISTS - Saturday 14 April 2018, 2.30 pm

Meeting

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ABERDEEN & DISTRICT ORGANISTS' ASSOCIATION - Saturday 21 April 2018

Spring Outing to Carnoustie and Arbroath

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LANARKSHIRE SOCIETY OF ORGANISTS - Saturday 21 April 2018, 2.30 pm

AGM and Members' Recital in Hamilton West Parish Church

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STIRLING AND DISTRICT SOCIETY OF ORGANISTS - Saturday 21 April 2018, 2.30 pm

Sweet Harmony in Clackmannan Parish Church

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58th SFO Annual Conference - Friday and Saturday 4th and 5th May 2018

Hosted by the Tayside Organists' Society based in Central Dundee: St Mary Magdalene's Church, The Steeple Church and the Caird Hall.

Events will include:

Organ and Brass concert by Gordon Stewart and Alba Brass.

Talk on Alfred Hollins and the 'Dundee Job' by Dr James McKellican.

Concert by St Salvator's Chapel Choir directed by Tom Wilkinson.

Celebrity Organ Recital by Martin Baker in the Caird Hall.

Civic Reception in the City Chambers.

For full details and a booking form click the button on the left.

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ABERDEEN & DISTRICT ORGANISTS' ASSOCIATION - Saturday 14 May 2018, 7.30 pm

AGM in Craigiebuckler Church


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STIRLING AND DISTRICT SOCIETY OF ORGANISTS - Saturday 20 May 2018

AGM at locations in Bo'ness

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EDINBURGH SOCIETY OF ORGANISTS - Saturday 26 May 2018, 11.00

Annual General Meeting in Freemasons' Hall, George Street, Edinburgh followed by refreshments and a recital by Simin Niemiñski
Contact nicolamacrae@hotmail.com

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BORDERS GUILD OF ORGANISTS AND CHURCH MUSICIANS - Saturday 26 May 2018, 12 noon

AGM with guest speaker David McEldery on Organs in their Spaces

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TAYSIDE ORGANISTS' SOCIETY - Tuesday 29 May 2018, 7.30 pm

Presentation on the work of the Royal School of Church Music in St James' Church Hall, Broughty Ferry
(Evening will include our AGM)

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LANARKSHIRE SOCIETY OF ORGANISTS - to be arranged June 2018

Overnight (Friday/Saturday) outing to Liverpool; Willis' workshop plus Willis organs.

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EDINBURGH SOCIETY OF ORGANISTS - Saturday 2 June 2018, all day
joint with GLASGOW SOCIETY OF OGANISTS

Edinburgh Organ Crawl from east to west of the city; joint meeting with Glasgow Society of Organists
Contact malcolm.macrae@hotmail.com

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BORDERS GUILD OF ORGANISTS AND CHURCH MUSICIANS - Saturday 16 June 2018, 2.00 pm

Summer Outing to Ayton Church

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INTERNATIONAL ORGAN COMPETITION

ANDRE MARCHAL - GASTON LITAIZE

24 – 27 OCTOBER 2017

Organized jointly by the Académie André Marchal and the Association Gaston Litaize, this competition took place from 24th to 27th October in the Ile de France and in Paris.

Several brilliant young organists from outside France won prizes: in Improvisation, Gabriele Agrimonti, from Italy, (Grand Prix Marchal-Litaize) and Geerten Liefting from the Netherlands, (“Mention Spéciale”/Distinction). In Interpretation: Hina Ikawa and Mayu Harada, both from Japan, received respectively the Giuseppe Englert Memorial Prize for the best performance of a work composed after the year 2000, and a “Mention Spéciale”

The French candidates also distinguished themselves, in particular Lucile Dollat (Grand Prix Interpretation and Audience Prize), Thomas Kientz (Second Prize Interpretation) and Raphaël Oliver (Special Prizes for the interpretation of  Bach and French music and the Gaston Litaize Prize: recording of a CD).

The five members of the jury, presided by Louis Robilliard, were Elzbieta Karolak (Poland), Shin Young Lee (South Korea), Liesbeth Schlumberger (France) and Pascal Marsault (France).

The three Interpretation rounds took place successively on the organs of Notre-Dame Cathedral, Créteil, -  built by Schwenkedel and enlarged by Bernard Dargassies, formerly belonging to the Association Valentin Haüy for the Blind, Paris; the church of Saint Louis de Vincennes - a new instrument in the neo-classical style, recently finished by Denis Lacorre; and Saint Eustache, Paris – Van den Heuvel, 5 manuals and 101 stops. For the semi-finals, the candidates in Improvisation used the organ of Notre-Dame-du-Rosaire at Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, - formerly a house organ in the Orgelbewegung style – and the Finals took place in Saint Eustache.

The excellent standard of the 26 applicants from 12 countries who entered the competition, (including five in Improvisation) brought great satisfaction to the organizers, who wish also to underline the warmth and efficiency of the welcome experienced in each of the chosen churches.

We wish to thank all those who gave us their help and support during the last year, and express the hope that this competition may take its rightful place in the calendar of our great national musical manifestations. But first and foremost we hope to find the financial support which will permit the two associations in 2019 to organize this event, which above all, aims to encourage young talent and expand the European heritage of the organ.

François Sabatier (translation Susan Landale)

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