Organist – St Michael’s Parish Church, Linlithgow

St. Michael's Choir | St. Michael's Parish Church

We are looking for an experienced and appropriately qualified Organist to play at our services, support our choir and work in partnership with our Director of Music to enhance our worship through organ and piano music. The post may also suit a retired professional musician. The church sanctuary is equipped with a Willis organ (1912) with 2 manuals and pedals, and a grand piano.

You will be expected to play at weekly services, occasional seasonal services (such as Christmas, Easter, etc), and accompany the choir and other musical groups at rehearsals if requested and as directed by the Director of Music. You will also be expected to play for funerals and weddings, if required, for which a separate fee would be payable. In addition, you will monitor the condition of the organ and piano and arrange tuning or maintenance as required.

We are looking for a person with a high level of musical skill on both organ and piano, confidence in a range of musical styles, and the ability to work collaboratively with others. In return, we are a large and active Parish Church which offers a warm and welcoming congregation, an enthusiastic choir, and many accomplished musicians of all ages keen to use their talents in the life of the church.

The annual salary will be in the range £2,750-£3,000, depending on skill and experience. The organist post may also be suitable for an Organ Scholarship, aimed at the able student anxious to gain professional experience in a good musical environment, to be renewable each year subject to satisfactory performance of the duties required and general conduct. The annual salary will be in the range of £1,500-£2,000.

For the job description, please see St Michael’s Church website http://www.stmichaels-parish.org.uk.

To apply, please send a CV to John Reid, Session Clerk, at sessionclerk@stmichaels-parish.org.uk by the closing date of 23rd January 2022. Scottish Charity No. SC016185

A Christmas Organ Recital

Hello members and friends of the Lanarkshire Society of Organists

First of all we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Our friends at the Coventry & Warwickshire Organists’ Assoc hosted a virtual composite recital. They have shared their recital with us to enjoy since we too can’t meet in person.

Their website can be found here https://www.covwarksorgan.org.uk/home

With grateful thanks to Revd Tony Newnham for being our point of contact and arranging to share this wonderful music with us.

MERRY CHRISTMAS

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Organist required for Polmont Old Church

POLMONT OLD PARISH CHURCH

WE HERE AT OUR LOVELY OLD KIRK IN POLMONT (JUST OFF THE M9 MOTORWAY) LIKE SINGING SO WE ARE LOOKING FOR AN ENTHUSIASTIC ORGANIST (AGE UNIMPORTANT) TO LIFT AND LEAD OUR SUNDAY WORSHIP – THROUGH OUR GOOD PIPE ORGAN (INGRAM 2 MANUAL, PNEUMATIC), KEYBOARD AND PIANO, AND OUR KEEN SINGERS (SMALL CHOIR). ALTOGETHER IT’S AN ENJOYABLE POST !

PLEASE DO ASK US FOR ANY FURTHER INFORMATION, INCLUDING POSSIBLE OR PREFERRED (maybe shared) DUTIES, BY CONTACTING OUR MINISTER, REV DEBBIE VAN WELIE AT 01324 715995 OR minister@polmontold.org.uk FOR A FRIENDLY INFORMAL CHAT – SHE’LL BE FAIR DELIGHTED TO HEAR FROM YOU.

From Ian Gray, organist vacancy committee. 25/10/21

Newarthill & Carfin Parish Church

Are you a pianist or organist?

Would you like the opportunity to play our 2 manual pipe organ and/or our Kawai digital piano and help enhance our Sunday morning worship?

If you fit this description, why not get in touch with us for more information by contacting Rev. Elaine McKinnon on 01698 296850 or 07780 590575 or email to EMckinnon@churchofscotland.org.uk.

Special General Meeting Saturday 18th September 2021

ALL MEMBERS OF THE LSO

Everything is set for our Special General Meeting this Saturday the 18th September 2021 in CADZOW PARISH CHURCH, HAMILTON at 2pm. I hope as many of you as possible will be able to attend as this could turn out to be a very important meeting for the Lanarkshire Society of Organists. It needs all your support to be able to continue.

The reading material you will need for the meeting is available to be sent as an email. Just contact us through the contact page, as I won’t be bringing lots of spare copies with me as I usually do.  So could those who have computer and printer access, please print out your copies yourself and bring them along with you. Of course the computer literate and younger members will have them on their phone or laptop which is a great way of doing things!!!!

It would also help, if you receive this email, if you could read the minutes before you come, so that we don’t have to read them at the meeting. Because of Covid, and the huge rise in case numbers in Lanarkshire, it would be sensible to keep the meeting as short as possible.

I look forward to seeing you on Saturday and please remember to bring your masks and hand gel!

Best Wishes

Anne Maguire

07721 534233

Members online activities

Hi folks

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.

Lockdown activities

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.