Come and Sing event 

​Come and Sing with the Lanarkshire and Glasgow Socities of Organists 

Please contact if you want to come along and sing 




Rehearsal – Start time: 2.00pm

Performance – Start Time 4.15pm

Cathcart Old Parish Church,
119 Carmunnock Rd, Cathcart,
Glasgow G44 5UW

Conductors: Peter Christie & Tiffany Vong

Organists: Andrew Forbes & Tom White


Evening Hymn (Balfour Gardiner)

Gloria (Vivaldi)

Old 100th (setting by Vaughan Williams)

Blessed be the God and Father (S S Wesley)

This is a joint meeting with the Glasgow Society.  Music will be supplied on the day and it is open to non-members (so invite your choir!).

Tea and coffee will be served from 3.45 – 4.15pm.

So that we can provide music scores and refreshments please contact either Euan McKay, GSO  or Tom White, LSO on  to advise how many will be attending from your church, with their names, and whether they sing Soprano, Alto , Tenor or Bass.  Please contact Tom or Euan ASAP.

Cathcart Old is a fascinating and beautiful building.   It is the second building of the congregation,  to an original design 1923 by Clifford & Lunan, but completed 1928 by Watson, Salmon & Gray. The size is enhanced by the low porch and range of vestries. South transept contains a display of the church’s history over 800 years; the north transept was converted in 1962 to the McKellar Memorial Chapel. Tapestry of The Last Supper by Charles Marshall, stained glass by James Crombie. Organ by John R Miller 1890, restored and converted to electro-mechanical action 1994.




Organ Recital 21st October 2017


We are really looking forward to our next event taking place on 21st October at Airdrie: Cairnlea Parish Church of Scotland.   This is a recital with Steven McIntyre, who is Assistant Organist of St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral in Glasgow (the large church on Great Western Rd) working with Frikki Walker who has come along to the LSO before for a lovely come and sing at Hamilton.

Steven has chosen a programme already which will show of the wonderful organ at Airdrie: Cairnlea, where Marjory Macdonald is organist.

The recital is at the normal time of 2.30pm and tea/coffee etc. will be available afterwards.

Please do encourage folks to come along to the autumn recital in our syllabus.  Cairnlea itself is an interesting building in an Italianate style with campanile to the SW corner.

The organ itself is interesting, being of a high quality for your Parish Church.

Cairnlea is located central in Airdrie, but due to road layouts we have given some directions and best suggestions for parking.

  • The postal address for the church is 84 Johnston St, Airdrie ML6 6AZ.  However, this the only road that the “front door” looks on to.
  • It is much better to aim for Hallcraig Street which has three car parks right next to Cairnlea Church.
  • The map below shows Cairnlea in relation to Hallcraig Street and the car parks, as you can see Johnston Street really isn’t suitable.
  • The front and side doors to the building will be open so please enter from which ever door is best suited.


cairnlea map

After the recital we are going to Guidi’s at Coatdyke for tea.   We’ve been here before and a good time has been enjoyed in previous years so we hope as many as possible can come along.  Please get in touch with Marjory MacDonald to put your name down so we can let the restaurant know for seating.  Marjory’s email is and her phone number is 01236 762669.   Please let Marjory know ASAP if you can come for tea.   If you are coming and want to bring a +1 along that would be wonderful, and we would warmly welcome any newcomers.

Joint trip to Paris May 2018

usoclogo2The Ulster Society of Organists and Choirmasters (USOC) are organising an organ trip to Paris, France next year to celebrate their centenary. A wide range of organs will be visited and members are encouraged to play them. This is taking place from 4th – 7th May. Two of our LSO members are attending. They are Peter Livingstone & Ronan McQuade.

If anyone would be interested in attending please contact


Summer Outing to Kilmun

summer outingMembers and friends of the LSO are travelling “doon the water” on Saturday 3rd June to Kilmun to visit the historic St Munn’s Church and play the famous water organ.  There will be a recital at 3.30pm featuring some members and the resident Kilmun organist, Frank Barclay.   We are travelling via ferry from Gourock over to Dunoon.   If you wish to come along for a lovely day out please do come along.   We are aiming to be at the church by 11am.


Ronan McQuade – Ronan has just finished his High School education in Blantyre.  He is organist of St Joseph’s RC Church in Blantyre, South Lanarkshire.  David Hamilton, Keyboard & Collaborative Piano Lecture of Strathclyde University, gives Ronan Lessons.  Ronan has just passed his driving test!  Ronan is the youngest member of the Lanarkshire Society of Organists. Ronan is an exceptionally gifted young man, who has an great ability to extemporise and improvise – we are hugely jealous!


Tom White – Tom is the Lanarkshire Society of Organist’s president.  He is organist of the magnificent Cathcart Old Parish Church in Glasgow, home to a fabulous sounding Miller Pipe Organ.  Tom has been organist in Wishaw, and various churches in Lothian for many years.  Outside music Tom trained as a Mental Health Nurse and then worked in the Pharmaceutical and Medical Supply industries. Became a Reiki Master Teacher in 2003 and graduated from Edinburgh Napier University in 2009 Diploma in Human Givens Psychotherapy and studying to complete the HG Practitioner certificate.


Alan Mathew – Alan has been resident organist of Bellshill Central Parish Church for three years, previously serving two large churches in the South Side of Glasgow.   Alan also studied (albeit briefly) with David Hamilton.   He considered a full time career in music, but decided he didn’t like music that much! So, he works for the DWP and looks forward to quality music time usually at the console in church or with the choir.  Alan is the treasurer and web-master of the LSO.


Anne Maguire –  Anne is our wonderful secretary.   It was her idea that initially drew us here for our Summer outing!  Anne was organist and choir leader at the Old Parish Church in Lesmahagow for many years.  Before fully withdrawing from that role she was part of a rota of organists for Lesmahagow and Coalburn Churches.  Anne was a primary teacher before retiring.   She spends her time organising her husband (and the LSO) and spending time with her children and grandchildren.


Mary Smith – our longest serving member of the LSO on this trip today, is a very faithful and reliable deputy for many churches across Glasgow and Lanarkshire.  Mary is a retired Minister’s wife and former teacher.   Mary and her husband Stewart retired to East Kilbride, where they both play an active part in the Old Parish Church.  Mary is a successful student of the Scottish Church Organist Training Scheme (SCOTS for short).  Mary has served as President in previous sessions and has been for a number of years our Press Secretary, making sure our events are well advertised in the local newspapers, and represented us at the Scottish Federation of Organists.

Organ Crawl to Lanark

We are looking forward to an organ crawl to Lanark on Saturday 28 January, visiting the organs in St Mary’s, Christ Church and St Nicholas Churches.


Details of each organ can be found in this pamphlet, put together for your information – click here to download

Please let us know if you are coming along just so we have an idea of numbers.  Use the contact us page above, or register via Facebook.


OrganFest comes to Edinburgh 

In October the OrganFest is coming to Edinburgh; an event organised by BIOS, The IAO and The RCO. This year the ESO will be providing sponsorship. The weekend includes: recital at St Giles with Professor Ullrich Böhme, a visit to see the Father Willis of the St Stephen’s Stockbridge, a concert with the Kellie Consort featuring John Kitchen, Choral Evensong at Old St Paul’s and Choral Eucharist at St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral followed by a demonstration of the Willis/Harrison organ. There will also be the chance to hear more about the work of BIOS, The IAO and RCO. Further details can be obtained from the website – and the booking form is here –

OrganFest 2016 in Edinburgh: a weekend to celebrate the organ organised jointly by BIOS, IAO and RCO