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.

Come and Sing Stainer’s Crucifixion April 2020

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!


Ecumenical Songs of Praise January 2020

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.

The 1930 Hilsdon Organ at Bellshill Central Church

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

Glasgow University Memorial Chapel

Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 1.10-1.50pm

Organ Recital

Barry Jordan

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

Thomas Trotter

            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

Thomas Trotter

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

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:

Thank you!

October 2019 East End organ crawl

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.

Come and Sing Fauré Requiem

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


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
4pm performance.

Admission free, collection plate available.