The Scottish Federation of Organists




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 - on-line events planned, details below
Stirling & District Society of Organists - live events planned which may or may not take place, on-line log-in not offered, see below
Aberdeen & District Organists Association - live events planned which may or may not take place, on-line log-in not offered, see below
Lanarkshire Society of Organists - no events planned
Tayside Organists Society - no events planned
Borders Society of Organists and Church Musicians - no events planned

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Edinburgh Society of Organists - Tuesday 8th December 2020, 7.30 pm

An on-line Christmas recital from Edinburgh Old Saint Paul's Episcopal Church by John Kitchen and Calum Robertson.  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 - a date to be announced January 2021

An on-line event is in course of being arranged.  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 16th January 2021, 2.30 pm

A recital by Ulrike Wutscherm with accompanist Alastair Warwick in Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Strirling.

Planned as "live", this event may or may 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 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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Stirling & District Society of Organists - Saturday 20th February 2021

The S&DSO Annual Lunch in The Croft and Creel, Falkirk.

Planned as "live", this event may or may not take place depending on the COVID-19 situation.

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Edinburgh Society of Organists - available from mid-March 2021

Several ESO members and friends will present a 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 may or may 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 may or may 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 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.  The meeting will take place in Edinburgh Parish Church of Saint Cuthbert and will be live streamed whether or not the COVID-19 situation allows live attendance.  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 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 may or may 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 24th April 2021

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

Planned as "live", this event may or may 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 may or may 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 - 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.

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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Page updated 24th November 2020