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.
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!
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.
Fugues on BACH (2 & 3) Robert
Concert pour orgue, Op. 56, No. 2 Feliks Nowowiejski (1877-1946)
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.
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.
1 organ concerts
celebrity concert with Thomas Trotter on
November 8 at 6pm
Friday, November 8, 6pm, Celebrity Recital
Fantasia and Fugue in G minor, BWV 542 J S Bach
Prélude et fugue sur le nom d’Alain Maurice
Walking Song Kevin Volans
Sonata in G major Edward
November 13 Kevin Bowyer
Festival of North American Organ Music, 2
Introduction, Adagio and Fugue (2009) Ralph
Peace, Be Still (2011) Paul
Lombardi (b. 1973)
November 20 William Hutcheson (Glasgow)
Grand Chorus in March Form Alexandre
Fantasia in G major, BWV 572 J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
Rondo in G Andre
Kneval (b. 1950)
Pastorale (Psalm 23:1) Percy W. Whitlock (1903-1946)
In Party Mood Jack
Postlude alla Marcia Ernest Halsey (1876-1939)
November 27 Samuel Prouse (Glasgow)
Overture to St Paul Mendelssohn
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
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
(1944-64), bequeathed his estate to the University, with the
instruction that the money should be used to foster the social side of
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.