The Scottish Federation of Organists




EDINBURGH SOCIETY OF ORGANISTS - Saturday 16 September 2017

Forth Valley Organ Tour
Contact john.riley58@blueyonder.co.uk

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TAYSIDE ORGANISTS' SOCIETY - Tuesday 26th September 2017, 7.30 pm

Composite recital by members of the society in Carnoustie Church of Scotland

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BORDERS GUILD OF ORGANISTS AND CHURCH MUSICIANS - Saturday 30 September 2017, 2.00 pm

Seminar on repertoire and resources in The Steading, Blainsley

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EDINBURGH SOCIETY OF ORGANISTS - Monday 2 October 2017, 7.30 pm

Francis Jackson 100th Birthday Celebration Recital
Recital by Peter Backhouse and Simon Niemiñski in St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, Edinburgh
Contact simon@nieminski.com

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GLASGOW SOCIETY OF ORGANISTS - Saturday 7 October 2017, 3.00 pm

Meeting

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RECITAL - Thursday 19 October 2017, 7.30 pm

Organ Recital by Graham Maclagan (Director of Music, Parish Church of Saint Cuthbert, Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh, and Teacher of Music and School Organist at George Heriot's School, Edinburgh) in Kingussie Parish Church on the 1925 Evans & Barr organ celebrating the refurbishment in 2016 by Walcher Orgelbau, Germany.  Graham was Organist of Kingussie Parish Church as a teenager some fifteen years ago.

Admission free, refreshments after the recital.

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LANARKSHIRE SOCIETY OF ORGANISTS - Saturday 21 October 2017, 2.30 pm

Organ Recital in Cairnlea Parish Church by Steven McIntyre (Asst. DofM, St Mary's Cathedral, Glasgow)

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STIRLING AND DISTRICT SOCIETY OF ORGANISTS - Saturday 21 October 2017, 2.30 pm

Christmas Anthems with Morley Whitehead

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TAYSIDE ORGANISTS' SOCIETY - Tuesday 24 October 2017, 7.30 pm

Illustrated talk by Donald Maclagan, Kingussie, on the Hymns and Hymn Tunes of Archbishop William Dalrymple Maclagan in St Matthew's Church of Scotland, Perth.  There will be an oportunity to sing some of the Archbishop's hymns accompanied by Donald on the 1896 J W Walker organ!  Copies of Donald's recent booklets on William's hymns and on the metrical psalms will be available for purchase; see details at the foot of this webpage.

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INTERNATIONAL ORGAN COMPETITION - 24 to 27 October 2017

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.

Jury:
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.

http://www.academieandremarchal.org/concours20151/index.html

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LANARKSHIRE SOCIETY OF ORGANISTS
joint with GLASGOW SOCIETY OF ORGANISTS - Saturday 4 November 2017, 2.00 pm

Come and Sing in Cathcart Old Parish Church

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EDINBURGH SOCIETY OF ORGANISTS - Saturday 18 November 2017, 10.00 am

Lecture/Recital by Richard Brazier on English Organ Music in Palmerston Place Church, Edinburgh
Contact j.p.kitchen@btinternet.com

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STIRLING AND DISTRICT SOCIETY OF ORGANISTS - Saturday 18 November 2017, 2.30 pm

Organ Recital by Chris Bragg in Alva Parish Church

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TAYSIDE ORGANISTS' SOCIETY - Wednesday 22 November 2017, 7.30 pm

Illustrated talk by Chris Bragg on The Organ Reform Movement in the Chapaincy Centre, University of Dundee.

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BORDERS GUILD OF ORGANISTS AND CHURCH MUSICIANS - Saturday 25 November 2017, 2.00 pm

Members' Recital in St Mary of Wedale Church, Wedale, Stow

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LANARKSHIRE SOCIETY OF ORGANISTS - Saturday 9 December 2017, 2.30 pm

John Riley reflects on his organ crawl to Denmark

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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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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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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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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, events will include:

Organ and Brass concert by Alba Brass conducted by Gordon Stewart

Talk on Alfred Hollins

Celebrity Organ Recital by Martin Baker in the Caird Hall

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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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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, alanbuchan@btinternet.com
David Stewart, davidstewart@blueyonder.co.uk
3 September 2016

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Appeal for financial help to restore the organ of Langholm Parish Church

Langholm Parish Church is in the process of fundraising to restore the 1893 Willis organ. It is a 3 manual plus pedals and is one of only two organs with the Barker Lever system that are known to have survived in the United Kingdom (the Choir and Swell use a tracker action, but the Great employs pneumatics to reduce the key resistance).

We have been assigned an Organ Advisor by the Church of Scotland who has inspected the Organ on behalf of CARTA, and we have contacted the firms recommended in his inspection report. We hope to return the Organ to its 1893 specification, and we are awaiting the quotations from the organ builders at the moment. In the meantime we are busy fundraising.

We have started a social media based fundraiser but at the moment we are struggling to get it off the ground. We wonder if any SFO members would like to assist by making a contribution, however small; any contribution would be gratefully received.  [In the event that there should be any surplus funds these are to be donated to Cancer Research UK.]

A link for giving a donation, with more information, is http://www.justgiving.com/langholmparishchurch, however, please be aware that this link takes a long time to connect, but it will connect you given patience!

For more information contact Henry Jeffrey, Organist and Choirmaster Langholm, Westerkirk and Eskdalemuir Parish Churches at www.leew.org.uk

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SFO Publications Convener, Donald Maclagan, has recently published two booklets which may be of interest to members and others.  Let Him Sing Psalms traces the history of the metrical psalms in Scotland from 1546 to the present day, is 36 pages long and costs £5.00 plus postage.  The £5.00 goes to the Organ Fund of Kingussie Parish Church where the 1925 Evans and Barr organ was refurbished in 2016 by Walcher Orgelbau, Germany.

The second booklet of 50 pages is a complete collection of all 9 hymns and 30 tunes written by Archbishop of York William Dalrymple Maclagan, Donald's third cousin.  It costs £7.50 plus postage.  Please see the image below and contact Donald with any queries and orders.  A printable Order Form can be downloaded here.
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