Important news – Come and Sing


This post will not come as much of a surprise.
After discussion with our Church hosts and with the Lanarkshire Organists committee surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic we have taken the decision to cancel the Come and Sing scheduled for Saturday 4th April, at Bellshill Central Parish Church of Scotland.

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The organist entertains…

“The Organist Entertains” …..EK Old Parish has recently installed a new Allan organ and Allan Hawthorne, a renowned young organist, will give an evening performance on Friday 1 May to entertain and to demonstrate the capabilities of this wonderful instrument. Aaron has promised that “you’ll hear things you’ve probably never heard on a church organ!” Tickets £5 available soon. See for more…

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!


Information for Calderbank organ Visit

Saturday 15th February 1pm

For those of you who are considering coming to Calderbank on Saturday:
The heating is booked and the urn will be on for teas and coffees! Calderbank Church is on the main street immediately opposite the Primary School. There is sufficient parking if you turn in the church gate to the wee car park and access to the building will be via the hall door up the ramp from the car park. Looking forward to seeing those who are able to come.

February organ visits….

Our next syllabus event takes place on Saturday 15th February

We’ll visit two different churches only a few miles apart with two totally contrasting organs.

11.00am – St Francis Xavier Church is located at Taylor Avenue, Carfin ML1 5AL

1pm – Calderbank Church is located at 14 Main Street, Calderbank, ML6 9SG

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.

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