The Scottish Federation of Organists




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Edinburgh Society of Organists - Saturday 22 September 2018

Day Trip to York including a tour of the workshops of York Pipe Organs (formerly Principal Pipe Organs), a tour of churches and organs within the city centre hosted by the York District Organists' Association and Choral Evensong in York Minster.

Contact Tom Wrench on tom.wrench@btinternet.com or 07948 850764

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Tayside Organists Society - Wednesday 3 October 2018, 7.30 pm

Choral Concert by The Strathmore Singers directed by Roger Clegg in Kirriemuir Old Church

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Aberdeen & District Organists' Association - Saturday 6 October 2018, 10.00 am

Autumn Outing to West Mearns Parish Church of Scotland, Fettercairn Church, Glenbervie Church and Auchenblae Church

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Glasgow Society of Organists - Saturday 6 or Sunday 7 October 2018, 2.00 pm
[date dependant on local football fixture date]

Organ recital by John Butt in Govan Old Parish Church, G51 3UU.

For further details please consult the GSO syllabus page by clicking here.

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ORGAN GALA 2018 - St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, Palmerston Place, Edinburgh - Friday 12 October 2018, 7.00 pm

A celebration of the magnificent 1879 'Father' Willis organ in advance of is restoration by Harrison & Harrison Ltd of Durham in 2019.  The concert will feature performances by distinguished Edinburgh organists in a varied programme of popular original organ works, orchestral transcriptions and chanber music with other instruments and singers.  The organ console (and players!) will be projected onto a large screen so that all present will be able to see the performers, (Projection Adviser: Graham Maclagan, Director of Music, Parish Church of Saint Cuthbert, Edinburgh.)

Admission Free

More details from office@cathedral.net or 0131 225 6293

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Borders Guild of Organists and Church Musicians - Saturday 13 October 2018, 11.00 am to 2.30 pm.

A Year as a Practical Organist - a seminar in The Steading, Blainslie, TD1 2PR.

Discover a new seasonal repertoire and share your favourites.

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Stirling and District Society of Organists - Saturday 20 October 2018, 2.30 pm

Organ recital by Tony Baldwin at Larbert Old Parish Church

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Lanarkshire Society of Organists - Saturday 27 October 2018, 2.30 pm to 3.30 pm

AGM in St Johnís Church of Scotland, 14 Duke Street, Hamilton

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Glasgow Society of Organists - Saturday 3 November 2018, 2.00 pm

The Work of the RCO by Andrew McIntosh in St Mungo's Museum of Religious Life and Art, Castle Street, Glasgow, G4 0RH (basement room)

For further details please consult the GSO syllabus page by clicking here.

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Tayside Organists Society - Tuesday 6 November 2018, 7.30 pm

President's Night, Sally and Strings in Invergowrie Parish Church

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Edinburgh Society of Organists - Friday 9 November 2018, evening

Music of Parry 100 years after his death - Professor Jeremy Dibble, University of Durham, will discus Parry's choral and organ works in St Vincent's Chapel, adjacent to St Stephen's, Howe Street.

Contact John Kitchen on j.p.kitchen@btinternet.com

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Edinburgh Society of Organists - Saturday 10 November 2018, morning

Music of Parry 100 years after his death - Professor Jeremy Dibble, University of Durham, will continue to discus Parry's choral and organ works in St Stephen's, Howe Street; this will include performances on the Father Willis organ.

Contact John Kitchen on j.p.kitchen@btinternet.com

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Aberdeen & District Organists' Association - Friday 16 November 2018, 7.30 pm

Celebrity Organ Recital by Mark Duthie in St Andrew's Cathedral, Aberdeen

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Glasgow Society of Organists - Saturday 17 November 2018, 2.00 pm
[Note the correct date is 17 November not 24 Novenmber as previously listed]

Celebrity Organ Recital by Martin Baker, Westminster Cathedral in Church of Christ the King, KIngspark, Glasgow, G44 5AP.
(rescheduled from March 2018)

For further details please consult the GSO syllabus page by clicking here.

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Stirling and District Society of Organists - Saturday 17 November 2018, 2.30 pm

Talk on Baroque with Alex Christie at Craigmailen Church, Bo'ness

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Borders Guild of Organists and Church Musicians - Saturday 24 November 2018, 2.00 pm

A  celebration for St Andrew's Day with psalms and Gaelic music followed by traditional refreshments of shortbread, scones, oatcakes and cheese in St Peter's Church, Peebles.

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Edinburgh Society of Organists - Tuesday 27 November 2018, 7.30 pm

President's Evening - At Home with John Kitchen.  Members are invited to Dr Kitchen's home for a musical evening featuring his Lammermuir organ, two harpsichords and square piano.  Refreshments, including wine, will follow the music.

[In case of this evening being overbooked a second eveing will be held on the evening before or evening after.]

Contact John Kitchen on j.p.kitchen@btinternet.com

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Lanarkshire Society of Organists - date in December to be confirmed

Organ Crawl with Christmas Lunch

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Glasgow Society of Organists - Saturday 12 January 2019, 2.00 pm

Scottish Historical Organ Trust (SHOT) - Organs in Stately Homes with Chris Bragg and Matthew Hynes in St Mungo's Museum of Religious Life and Art, Castle Street, Glasgow, G4 0RH.

For further details please consult the GSO syllabus page by clicking here.

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Borders Guild of Organists and Church Musicians - Saturday 12 January 2019, 7.00 pm

A concert for Epiphany by the choir of St Andrew's and St George's West Parish Church, Edinburgh, directed by Brigitte Harris in Peebles Old Parish Church

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Aberdeen and District Organists' Association - Friday 18 January 2019, 7.30 pm

Annual Dinner in the Copthorne Hotel, Huntly Street, Aberdeen

Speaker: Donald T Maclagan, The Hymns and Hymn Tunes of William D Maclagan

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Stirling and District Society of Organists - Saturday 19 January 2019, 2.30 pm

Organ Registration with Kevin Duggan at Holy Trinity, Stirling

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Tayside Organists Society - Tuesday 29 January 2019, 7.30 pm

Talk & Demonstration on Lutheran Chorales by Tom Wilkinson in St Andrew's Parish Church, King Street, Dundee

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Glasgow Society of Organists - Tuesday 5 February 2019, 6.00 pm

Part of the Choral Contemplations series dedicated to Andrew Graham Service in Glasgow University Chapel, G12 8QQ.

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Stirling and District Society of Organists - Saturday 16 February 2019

Annual Lunch

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Aberdeen and District Organists' Association - Saturday 23 February 2019, 2.00 pm

Desert Island Voluntaries by ADOA Members in St Mary's Episcopal Church, Carden Place, Aberdeen

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Glasgow Society of Organists - Saturday 2 March 2019, 2.00 pm

Organ Recital by Chris Nickol in Shettleston Old Parish Church, Glasgow, G32 9AH.

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Tayside Organists Society - Tuesday 5 March 2019, 7.30 pm
(event rescheduled from 2018)

A musical prgramme presented by Robin Bell and pupils of St Leonard's School, St Andrews in Dundee West Church, Perth Road, Dundee

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Borders Guild of Organists and Church Musicians - Saturday 9 March 2019, 10.30 am for 11.00 am

Choir Repertoire - a guide to a singig repetoire in Lauder Kirk

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SFO Committee Meeting - Saturday 16 March 2019, 2.00 pm

Half-yearly SFO committee meeting within a location in Perth still to be confirmed.  The meeting starts at 2.00 pm promply and the aim is to finish by 4.00 pm thus allowing committee members to avail themselves of public transport home  if required.

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Stirling and District Society of Organists - Saturday 16 March 2019, 2.30 pm

Dunblane Handbell Ringers at Dunblane Cathedral Halls

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Edinburgh Society of Organists - Tuesday 19 March 2019, 7.30 pm

Our Hymnody - an illustrated talk exploring our hymn tradition by Michael Harris in St Giles' Cathedral.

Contact Michael Harris on musicstgiles@gmail.com

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Tayside Organists Society - Wednesday 20 March 2019, 7.00 pm

Combined meeting with Fife Electronic Organ Society

Steve Hubble plays his superb Yamaha set-up in St Columba's Parish Church, Glenrothes KY6 1BN

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Aberdeen and District Organists' Association - Saturday 23 March 2019, 2.00 pm

Organ Recital by Members of the ADOA in St Mary's Chapel, Blairs, Aberdeen

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Glasgow Society of Organists - Saturday 6 April 2019, 2.00 pm

AGM followed by
Scottish Churches Organist Training Scheme (SCOTS) with Andrew McIntosh and Douglas McBay in St Mungo's Museum of Religious Life and Art, Castle Street, Glasgow, G4 0RH, (basement room).

Refreshments to follow

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Stirling and District Society of Organists - Saturday 20 April 2019, 2.30 pm

Samba and Extras venue to be confirmed

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Aberdeen and District Organists' Association - Saturday 27 April 2019

Spring Outing to St Sylvester's, Elgin, Holy Trinity, Elgin and St Peter's, Buckie

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Edinburgh Society of Organists - Saturday 27 April 2019

Visit to organ in Fife - details will be be advised later.

Contact Sheila Chisholm on sheilachis28@gmail.com

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59th SFO Annual Conference - Friday and Saturday 3rd and 4th May 2019

Hosted by the Edinburgh Society of Organists and based in the Old Town of Edinburgh.

On Friday evening Come and Sing Messiah in the High Kirk of Edinburgh (Saint Giles'), High Street, with Les Shankland and The Chapter House Singers.  On Saturday morning at 9.30 am come to Saint Cecilia's Hall, Cowgate, for the AGM and an opportunity to view the historic instument collection there and enjoy a talk and demonstration by Dr John R Kitchen, Edinburgh City Organist, Edinburgh University Organist and Director of Music at Old Saint Paul's Scottish Episcopal Church.

Lunch will follow and then Conference will end with a unique special Conference Evensong in Old Saint Paul's Scottish Episcopal Church which lies just between Jeffrey Street and the Royal Mile, under the direction of SFO twice past-president and four times celebrity recitalist Dr John R Kitchen.

All locations are within easy walking distance.

Contact Nicola MacRae on secretary@eso1913.com

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Aberdeen and District Organists' Association - Monday 13 May 2019, 7.30 pm

Annual General Meeting in Craigiebuckler Church, Aberdeen

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Stirling and District Society of Organists - Saturday 18 May 2019, 10.30 am

AGM at St Andrew's West Church Falkirk followed by event in Christ Church Episcopal Church, Falkirk

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Tayside Organists Society - Tuesday 28 May 2019, 7.30 pm

Annual General Meeting of the Society in St James's Church Hall, Broughty Ferry.

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Edinburgh Society of Organists - Tuesday 28 May 2019, 7.30 pm
(NOT Saturday as published in the Syllabus)

AGM in Palmerston Place Church of Scotland with recital by Jordan English, Assistant Organist, St Giles' Cathedral.

Contact Nicola MacRae on secretary@eso1913.com

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Borders Guild of Organists and Church Musicians - Saturday 1 June 2019, 2.00 pm

AGM and organ concert by Henry Jeffrey in Langholm Parish Church

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Edinburgh Society of Organists - Saturday 8 June 2019

Barge Trip on the Union Canal

Contact Iain Mackinnon on 0131 312 8027

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Borders Guild of Organists and Church Musicians - date towards the end of June 2019 to be confirmed

Summer Outing - The BGO members go east!

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60th SFO Annual Conference - Friday and Saturday 15th and 16th May 2020

Hosted by the Glasgow Society of Organists.

Details are to follow but planned participants are John Butt and Kevin Bowyer and the main recital is planned to be on the Hill organ of St Bride's Episcopal Church, Kelvinside.

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