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We hope that you are all keeping safe and well during this time
We thought it’d be nice to share some of the activities three of our members have been doing during lockdown and the continuing restrictions us Organists find ourselves in.
Alan, our treasurer, has been entertaining the folks connected with Bellshill Central Parish Church and episode 23 premieres tomorrow!
Our vice president, Derek, has been enjoying exploring the wonderful sounds from Salisbury Cathedral via his new Hauptwerk organ. His videos are proving extremely popular
Duncan Mackay, organist at the West Parish Church also in Bellshill. Duncan’s videos showcase his skills in using his wizardry on his keyboards to show some hymns and song with a different colour.
Hello there fellow members, friends and hangers-on of the Lanarkshire Society of Organists
Its been more than three months since we were last able to meet. It was a very interesting day back in March with the help of John Kitchen that we visited Old St Paul’s, Canongate, St Giles and St Stephens.
Our April Come and Sing had to be cancelled due to COVID19 and this was obviously disappointing. We will look to reinstate this much loved and well supported event for 2021, all being well.
Some of our members have kept themselves busy during the passed months, over Lockdown and the various restrictions
Our vice president has enjoyed recording some videos on his new Hauptwerk software and this is sounding particularly good Derek!
Our treasurer and web master has been producing his Organist Entertains series of videos, recorded from the console of Bellshill Central Parish Church’s splendid 1930 Hilsdon Organ.
Our member, Duncan Mackay has been producing hymns and songs from home, and these are shared via the Bellshill West Church Facebook page
Long standing member, David Hamilton, has been playing hymns requested from the members of St Mary’s Episcopalian Church, Hamilton and these are available from the church Facebook page.
Some of our member and friends have been unable, due to varying circumstances, to play the organ – perhaps due to being furloughed, shielding or buildimg being made unavailable.
We do want to stress that during these unprecedented times we arw thinking of each and everyone of you. We’d normally be planning our September activities but this can’t happen at present.
We will be contacting you all more formally in the coming weeks, either our thoughts for what should be the 2020/21 session and our plans for hosting a Scottish Federation of Organists Conference in the future
We’d be delighted to hear from you all, with activities you are taking part in, and what you are doing if able to keep playing the organ.
Glasgow conference on the 15th and 16th May is cancelled due to COVID-19
We just love a good Come and Sing, and look to hold at least one each session.
Details of our April 2020 come and sing are noted below and if you would like to register on line please use the online form below. Your details will be securely transferred to our secretary, Anne Maguire, and she will be in touch to confirm.
Rehearsal is at 12noon.
There will be ample opportunity to have breaks and you are encouraged to bring along a light snack. Tea/Coffee and Juice will be available.
Invite your friends along for the 4pm performance!
ONLINE REGISTRATION HERE
The Borders Guild of Organists host this much sought after event on 22nd February in the splendid surroundings of The Old Parish Church of Peebles. We would urge to to book to be part of this wonderful event, and even think about your children, grand-children, nieces and nephews!
This January the Lanarkshire Society of Organists are hosting a service at the end of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in Bellshill Central Parish Church.
The Evening will feature lots of Songs of Praise, led by the mighty Hilsdon Organ of Bellshill Central Church, with it’s organist Alan Mathew as Director of Music.
On Friday’s 17th and 24th January at 7.15pm there will be choir practices for those wishing to be part of an Ecumenical Choir to help lead our praise. If you are interested in this please contact Alan via the form below.
Glasgow University Memorial Chapel
Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 1.10-1.50pm
Praise Song Barry Jordan (b. 1957)
Two Fugues on BACH (2 & 3) Robert Schumann (1810-56)
Concert pour orgue, Op. 56, No. 2 Feliks Nowowiejski (1877-1946)
Barry Jordan was born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, in 1957. He studied at the University of Cape Town from 1976 to 1979 and again from 1985 – 1986, then in Vienna and in Lübeck, where he completed his Konzertexamen in the class of Prof. Martin Haselböck at the beginning of 1988, followed by the “B” and “A” church music diplomas in 1992 and 1994.
Almost immediately thereafter he was appointed as Organist and choral director of Magdeburg Cathedral, and took up his post there in August 1994. He has a busy schedule as recitalist in Germany and abroad, and is also active as a composer. From 2003 until 2006 he was also lecturer in organ at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Leipzig. In November 2004 he received the honorary title of Kirchenmusikdirektor.
Semester 1 organ concerts
Wednesdays at 1.10-1.50
Except the celebrity concert with Thomas Trotter on
Friday, November 8 at 6pm
Friday, November 8, 6pm, Celebrity Recital
Fantasia and Fugue in G minor, BWV 542 J S Bach
Méditation Maurice Duruflé
Prélude et fugue sur le nom d’Alain Maurice Duruflé
Walking Song Kevin Volans
Sonata in G major Edward Elgar
November 13 Kevin Bowyer
Festival of North American Organ Music, 2
Introduction, Adagio and Fugue (2009) Ralph Fisher (1948)
Peace, Be Still (2011) Paul Lombardi (b. 1973)
Organ Toccata (1971) Dean Drummond (1949-2013)
November 20 William Hutcheson (Glasgow)
Grand Chorus in March Form Alexandre Guilmant (1837-1911)
Fantasia in G major, BWV 572 J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
Communion L.J.A. Lefébure-Wély (1817-1869)
Rondo in G Andre Kneval (b. 1950)
Pastorale (Psalm 23:1) Percy W. Whitlock (1903-1946)
In Party Mood Jack Strachey (1894-1972)
Postlude alla Marcia Ernest Halsey (1876-1939)
November 27 Samuel Prouse (Glasgow)
Overture to St Paul Mendelssohn arr. Best
Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645 J S Bach
Nun komm der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659 J S Bach
Les Enfants de Dieu ‘La Nativité du Seigneur’ Olivier Messiaen
Choral 3 in A minor Cesar Franck
Glasgow University Memorial Chapel
Celebrity Organ Recital
Music by J S Bach, Maurice Duruflé, Kevin Volans and Sir Edward Elgar
“Thomas Trotter is rightly regarded as one of the most brilliant concert organists currently on the world stage. …. A virtuoso’s virtuoso, he harnesses his immaculate technique and musicianship to serve every aspect of the music.”
The American Organist
Friday November 8th at 6pm Admission Free
Funding by the Ferguson Bequest.
Professor Thomas Ferguson (1900-1977), Henry Mechan Chair of Public Health
(1944-64), bequeathed his estate to the University, with the instruction that the money should be used to foster the social side of University life.
For future concerts, see organrecitals.com
If you would like to be included in advance email publicity for our organ concert series please drop me a line and let me know:
We had a wonderful day on 12th October 2019 visiting St Mary’s Church Abercrombey Street and Dennistoun New Parish Church in the East End of Glasgow.
St Mary’s has an excellent Hill Norman Beard two manual organ high up in the gallery, overlooking the magnificent Church. Dennistoun New Parish Church has a Willis 3manual instrument which sounds superb in the acoustics and setting of the church.
Our grateful thanks to both churches for allowing us access to these fine instruments in beautiful buildings.
Register online – here
G L A S G O W S O C I E T Y O F O R G A N I S T S
jointly with the
L A N A R K S H I R E S O C I E T Y OF O R G A N I S T S
“Come & Sing”
Saturday 2 November 2019
Choral Director – Dr Katy Cooper
Director of Chapel Music at the University of Glasgow
Accompanist – Andrew Forbes
Director of Music,Glasgow Cathedral
BAILLIESTON MURE CHURCH
GLASGOW G69 6LS
Participants – 12.15 for 12.30pm rehearsal;
bring your own packed lunch (tea/coffee provided by church)
Scores available to borrow, or bring your own.
Audience – refreshments available from 3.30 pm
Admission free, collection plate available.