The Scottish Federation of Organists




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In addition to our own events you would normally be referred to www.organrecitals.com.  Due to the Coronovirus (COVID-19) crisis that site was temporarily closed down at the start of the crisis.  It has now come to our attention that some previously arranged recitals are now appearing on that site but our strong advice to everyone is to check directly with the venue before attempting to attend any event and also to assess carefully their own safety aspects of attending any public event.

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The Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis caused all face-to-face meetings of the affiliated Scottish organists' societies to be cancelled until at least 2021. To date, the Glasgow and Edinburgh Societies have started to arrange on-line meetings - please see the details below.


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The present COVID-19 crisis has resulted in the 2020 update to the History if the SFO book being revised yet again.  Please view and download the latest revision by clicking here.

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Edinburgh Society of Organists - November 2020

A talk or other event is planned to be held on Zoom or another on-line platform.  Invitations with a link will be sent to all members who have opted for email communications and also on the ESO website, this website, and by other appropriate means.

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Glasgow Society of Organists - Saturday 7th November 2020

An on-line virtual meeting for members of the GSO only.

Dr Peter Christie will be telling the story of the 3-manual J & A Mirrlees organ of 1870 in St John's Church, Greenock where he is Organist and Choirmaster.  Peter's research has revealed that the instument is of substantially more historic interest and importance than previously thought.

Please contact secgso1@gmail.com for details

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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.

In view of the continuing COVID-19 crisis a decision will be made in January 2021 whether or not this event can go ahead.

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News & Notices

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Page updated 14th October 2020