The Scottish Federation of Organists




Recommended Salary Scales for Organists  regarding Recording Fees

11th January 2021 - The Solicitor of the Church of Scotland has advised that it is intended to vary the style organists' contracts for the duraration of the COVID-19 crisis and has asked for our opinion on the subject.  After consultation by telephone the members of the SFO Salaries and Contracts Committee have unanimously agreed that in the present circumstances it is not appropriate for organists to expect to be paid the 50%/100% recording fees where services are recorded for on-line streaming making the services available when normal services in church are not possible.

The exception, in the sub-committee's opinion, is where a wedding is recorded at the couple's request and their expense for the recording to be kept by the couple as part of the wedding memories.  In that case the normal 50%/100% fee is perfectly reasonable.

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The COVID-19 crisis caused face-to-face meetings of the affiliated Scottish organists' societies to be suspended from March 2019.

Edinburgh Society of Organists - On-line events planned, details below.
Glasgow Society of Organists - no events being offered at the moment but on-line/live events are intended.
Stirling & District Society of Organists - live events planned from March 2021 onwards.  These almost certainly will not take place, on-line log-in not offered, see below.
Aberdeen & District Organists' Association - live events planned from March 2021 onwards.  These almost certainly will not take place, on-line log-in not offered, see below.
Lanarkshire Society of Organists - no events planned.
Tayside Organists' Society - the re-scheduled AGM is planned on-line via Zoom..
Borders Society of Organists and Church Musicians - no events planned.

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Edinburgh Society of Organists - Saturday 16th January 2021, 2.30 pm

An on-line Zoom afternoon with Susan Landale MusB HonFRCO HonARAM LRAM LTCL Honorary President of the ESO, Organist Co-titulaire of the Cathedral Saint-Louis des Invalides, Paris, and of the Royal Academy of Music, London.  The talk will include mention of her liturgical role in Les Invalides, her distinguished career and some of the brilliant French organists she has known.  ESO members and non-members alike are welcome to log into this event on the following:

Single Click Link
Join Zoom Meeting by clicking on the link below.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88243045695?pwd=YXYycE5MTUZNcGxqc0VjRVBsRUhZUT09

This link should take you straight through to the meeting.  In the unlikely event that you should need meeting details, these are listed below:
Meeting ID: 882 4304 5695
Passcode: 266316
Dial-in details
Alternatively you can dial in on:
0131 460 1196 Edinburgh local call
0203 051 2874 United Kingdom
If you were to dial in, then you should need meeting details, these are listed below:
Meeting ID: 882 4304 5695
Passcode: 266316

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Tayside Organists' Society - Wednesday 20th January 2021, 7.30 pm

The AGM to be held on-line via Zoom.  Please contact bawbut@sky.com for the log-in link.

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Edinburgh Society of Organists - Saturday 6th February 2021, 3.00 pm

Dr Nicola MacRae, formerly Honorary Secretary of the ESO, will give an on-line presentation on her recent research into the History of the ESO.  ESO members and non-members alike are welcome to log into this event - please ask secretaryeso@outlook.com for the link that will be sent out a few days in advance.

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Edinburgh Society of Organists - available from mid-March 2021

Several ESO members and friends will present an on-line virtual organ crawl arranged by David Turner.  ESO members and non-members alike are welcome to log into this event - please ask secretaryeso@outlook.com for the link that will be sent out a few days in advance.

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Stirling & District Society of Organists - Saturday 20th March 2021, 2.30 pm

An afternoon of music with Edinburgh Napier Baroque in St Andrew's West Parish Church, Falkirk.

Planned as "live", this event will almost certainly not take place, depending on the COVID-19 situation.  There are no plans for the event to be made available on-line.

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Aberdeen & District Organists Association - Saturday 27th March 2021, 2.00 pm

Members Recital in Craigiebuckler Parish Church, Aberdeen.

Planned as "live", this event will almost certainly not take place, depending on the COVID-19 situation.  There are no plans for the event to be made available on-line.

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Edinburgh Society of Organists - Saturday 17th April 2021, 2.00 pm

The Elgar Society and ESO plan to present a Joint Meeting focusing on Elgar's Organ Sonata in G Op. 28.  Dr Martin Firth will talk about the sonata before Dr John Kitchen MBE performs it.  If it takes place the meeting will be in Edinburgh Parish Church of Saint Cuthbert and will be live streamed whether or not the COVID-19 situation allows live attendance.  However, given that all places of worship are presently closed, this may not be poosible.  ESO members and non-members alike would be welcome to log into this event - please ask secretaryeso@outlook.com for more details and a link nearer the time.

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Stirling & District Society of Organists - Saturday 17th April 2021, 2.30 pm

A recital and talk on the architecture of Larbert Old Parish Church by Robin Bell and Dr Peter Burnam.

Planned as"live", this event will almost certainly not take place, depending on the COVID-19 situation.  There are no plans for the event to be made available on-line.

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Royal College of Organists (RCO) - Sunday 18th April, 2021 to Saturday 24th April, 2021

The RCO is hosting the first RCO International Organ Week from April 18th to 24th.  An online event this year, it is proposed to have a one-hour magazine programme with a different theme each day and the Monday broadcast has been offered to the IAO.  In the mix, we would really like to have one or two short video presentations by local organistsí associations, showcasing what you do (or what you do in normal times!).

Therefore, please do submit ideas.  If you would like to put in a bid for your association to have a slot, please send a broad outline of what you would like to offer to chair@iao.org.uk.  The deadline for initial ideas is Monday 1st February.  The IAO will respond speedily and videos will be needed by Monday 8th March

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Aberdeen & District Organists Association - Saturday 24th April 2021

Spring Outing to Inverness visiting Ness Bank Church, Old High Church and Inverness Cathedral.

Planned as"live", this event will almost certainly not take place, depending on the COVID-19 situation.

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Stirling & District Society of Organists - Saturday 15th May 2021, 10.30 am

The S&DSO AGM with a talk and demonstration of the clarsach in Tulliallan and Kincardine Parish Church.

Planned as "live", this event will almost certainly not take place, depending on the COVID-19 situation.  There are no plans for the event to be made available on-line.

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Edinburgh Society of Organists - Saturday 22nd May 2021, 11.00 am

The ESO Annual General meeting on-line - arrangements will be made nearer the time.  Members should please ask secretaryeso@outlook.com for the link that will be sent out a few days in advance.

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SFO Annual Conference

The event due to be hosted by the Lanarkshire Society of Organists in May 2021 has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 crisis.  The whole annual conference timetable has been cast into doubt.  Once the situation becomes clearer details will be posted here.

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IAO Festival - Friday 23rd to Tuesday 27th July 2021 in Edinburgh
President - Dr John Kitchen MBE

The programme is planned to include the finals of the IAO/RCO organ competition feturing six young organists who all play to a professional standard, a concert by the Kellie Consort, visits to and recitals in Paisley Abbey and Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery, Glasgow, several events in churches and cathedrals in Edinburgh and a grand finale recital by Naji Hakim the Lebanese-French composer, organist and improviser.

However, In view of the continuing COVID-19 crisis a decision on whether or not this event can go ahead will be made at the end of March 2021.

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Page updated 11th January 2021