GLASGOW SOCIETY OF ORGANISTS - Saturday 7 October 2017, 3.00 pm
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.
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)
STIRLING AND DISTRICT SOCIETY OF ORGANISTS - Saturday 21 October 2017, 2.30 pm
Christmas Anthems with Morley Whitehead
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.
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.
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.
BORDERS GUILD OF ORGANISTS AND CHURCH MUSICIANS - Saturday 16 June 2018, 2.00 pm
Summer Outing to Ayton Church
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.
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.]
For more information contact Henry Jeffrey, Organist and Choirmaster Langholm, Westerkirk and Eskdalemuir Parish Churches at www.leew.org.uk
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.