Our friends from the Glasgow Society, invite us to any of their events detailed below.  

All meetings commence at 2.30 pm in 72 Berkeley Street, Glasgow unless otherwise stated
3 Oct Oakshaw Trinity Parish Church, Paisley Recital – John Turner

7 Nov Merrylea Parish Church “The truth about electronics”

PLEASE NOTE there is NO December 2015 meeting

9 Jan “Musick Fyne: Treasures of early Scottish sacred music”
Alan Tavener, Director of Music, Jordanhill Parish Church

6 Feb Presbytery talk

5 Mar Peter Backhouse (St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh)
Houston & Killellan Kirk, Houston

9 Apr AGM

6 and 7 May SFO Conference Aberdeen

6 Jun TBA

Merrylea recital 

Merrylea Parish Church(Holy Trinity)

Organ Recital

Sunday 27th September 2015 at 2.30pm

Peter Christie & John Burnett


(will proceed unannounced)

John Burnett:​March : Dam Busters​(arr Burnett)​E Coates
Prelude & Fugue in F minor BWV 543​ J S Bach
Prelude on ‘O Waly Waly’ ​D Wood
Fanfare (from Four Extemporisations)​P W Whitlock
Elegy (from Downland Suite)​ J Ireland
Piano & Organ Duet:​Grand Aria for Piano & Organ​ C Demarest
Peter Christie:​Voluntary No V in D major ​J Stanley 
Adagio in E major​ ​F Bridge
Postlude in G minor ​C V Stanford 
Andantino in D flat ​E H Lemare
Tuba Tune ​C S Lang
Piano & Organ Duet:​Rhapsody ​C Demarest

Next Organ Recital on 18th October 2015 at 2.30pm by Peter Christie



Admission is free but retiring offering in aid of “The Prince and Princess of Wales ‘Brick by Brick’ Appeal”



“Scottish Charity Registration No. SC004016”

Paisley abbey recital 

Lunchtime Recital given by Chris Bragg (organ)……Paisley Abbey, Saturday 26 September at 12.30pm 

The series of Abbey winter recitals starts on Saturday when Chris Bragg gives an exciting recital on the Abbey’s Cavaille Coll organ.


Chris Bragg was born in Stirling in 1980. Following a period as organ scholar of Dunblane Cathedral under the tutelage of Matthew Beetschen, he studied at the former RSAMD graduating in 2002 as a pupil of George McPhee and Michael Harris. Between 2002 and 2009 he lived in the Netherlands where he completed his Master’s organ study in the class of Pieter van Dijk at the Conservatory of Amsterdam as well as studying clavichord with Menno van Delft. In addition, he undertook private organ study with Pier Damiano Peretti in Hanover and a church music diploma at the Conservatory of Utrecht.

Chris Bragg has performed solo recitals in six European countries and broadcast on both British and Dutch radio. He is Concerts Administrator at the University of St Andrews, organist of St Salvador’s Episcopal Church in Dundee and is further active as a freelance organist, teacher, translator and writer, contributing regularly to the Rhinegold publication ‘Choir and Organ’.


The programme includes…………


Toccata septima (Apparatus musico-organisticus, 1690) Georg Muffat (1653-1704)


 Cantabile (Trois Pièces, 1878) César Franck (1822-1890)


Variaties op een Oud-Nederlandsch lied (1934) Jacob Bijster (1902-1958)
 Vater Unser in Himmelreich – koraal en vier variaties Toon Hagen (1959)                                                                                                                                               


Méditation pour orgue Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986)


Choral varie sur le theme du ‘Veni Creator’ Maurice Durufle


Tickets for the recital cost £5 and can be purchased at the door. 

Organ Crawl Itinerary And Directions

Organ Crawl Sept 2015


10am; Barrhead Bourock Church – 1985 Johnson 2 manual/pedal

11.30; Neilston Parish Church – Peter Connacher 2 manual/pedal
2.30pm; Paisley (St James, Underwood Rd) 2 Manual Willis

Notes: Bourock and Neilston are approx 2 miles apart, and Charles has offered Tea/coffee and soup for us Neilson to Paisley St James is approx 6 miles journey


(1) M74 Bothwell United Kingdom (30mins approx)
Follow M74 and M77 to Nitshill Rd in Glasgow. Take exit 3 from M77 – 15 min (12.8 mi)
Take B773 to Main St/A736 in Barrhead – 9 min (2.8 mi)
Bourock Parish Church, Barrhead, East Renfrewshire, United Kingdom

(2) From Bourock Parish Church (6mins approx)
Head east on Main St/A736 – 138 ft
Make a U-turn
Continue to follow A736
Go through 1 roundabout – 0.5 mi
Slight left onto Neilston Rd – 1.1 mi
Neilston Parish Church,
Located at the corner of Broadlie Road and High Street, Neilston, East Renfrewshire, United
The church is on your right, opposite Neilston Library

(3) From Neilston Parish Church (approx 25mins)
Take Neilston Rd, B771 and Grahamston Rd to Hurlet Rd/A726 in Paisley – 10 min (3.6 mi)
FollowA726 to Underwood Rd/B775 – 9 min (2.5 mi)
Continue straight onto Underwood Rd/B775
Destination will be on the right
St James Church Of Scotland
Underwood Road, Paisley, Renfrews

Syllabus For 2015-16

SATURDAY, 19th SEPTEMBER, 2015 from 10.00am


Barrhead Bourock Parish Church, (10am), Neilston Parish Church (11.30am) with tea/coffee and soup, and Paisley Saint James Church of Scotland, Underwood Road (2.30pm).

An opportunity is given to listen and to play so please bring your music and organ shoes.

SATURDAY, 10th OCT, 2015 at 2.30pm


New Monkland Parish Church, GLENMAVIS

Recital given by MATT EDWARDS, Director of Music at Thomas Coats Memorial Church, Paisley. Followed by a meal at the Tudor Hotel, AIRDRIE.

SATURDAY 7th NOV, 2015 at 2.30pm


Hamilton Old Parish Church of Scotland

FEARGUS EGAN with Helen Simpson

This is the Annual Joint Meeting of the Lanarkshire and the Stirling and District Societies of Organists. We extend a warm welcome to members of both societies.

SUNDAY 24th JAN, 2016 at 6.30pm


NewWellwynd Parish Church, AIRDRIE

Resident Organist DAVID STEWART

Our “almost” Annual Songs of Praise in the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Please do come along for a good old sing with some great organ accompaniment. Refreshments available in the Church Hall afterwards.

SATURDAY, 20TH FEB, 2016 AT 1.30pm


Bellshill Central Parish Church, 346 Main St, BELLSHILL

JOHN RILEY will present a Masterclass from 1:30pm – 3.15pm, then at 3:30pm give a short recital which is open to the Public. The masterclass will allow for demonstration and practical playing, so come along and don’t be shy. This is an opportunity to hear the recently refurbished Hilsdon two-manual organ.

SATURDAY, 12th MARCH, 2016 AT 12.30pm AND 3.30pm


Motherwell Cathedral, 31 Coursington Rd, MOTHERWELL

Choirs, organists and interested singers are invited to join in a ‘Come and Sing’ performance of Stainer’s Crucifixion in Motherwell Cathedral. The afternoon rehearsal will start promptly at 12.30pm. Following a refreshment break, choir, soloists and organist will present Stainer’s Crucifixion at 3.30pm. All are welcome.

SATURDAY, 23rd APRIL, 2016 AT 2.30pm


Lesmahagow Old Parish Church, LESMAHAGOW

Hear the recently refurbished Brindley and Foster three-manual organ played by members of our own society. Members of our society are invited to attend the AGM which will follow the recital. Please do come along – the Council needs your support and suggestions.


SATURDAY, 6th AND 7th May 2016


The Aberdeenshire Society of Organists will present the 56th SFO Conference. More information to follow