Malcolm Archer special organ and choral concert 

St David’s Memorial Park Church are extremely pleased to announce that UK renouned composer, organist and conductor Malcolm Archer is taking part in a concert on Sundat 9th July at 7.30pm.  Full details on the poster.   All invited.  A warm welcome awaits.

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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 peter.livingstone@nhs.net

http://www.ulsterorganists.org/

 

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.

LSO MEMBERS TAKING PART ARE:

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.

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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.

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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 – http://www.organfest.net/ and the booking form is here – http://www.organfest.net/booking.html
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http://www.organfest.net

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

September Organ Crawl

Our new session is well under way in preparation, and we are excited to announce our September Organ Crawl to kick start our 54th Year!   Timings have still to be completely finalised but will be soon!

Our President, Tom White, has arranged the following interesting organs to visit on Saturday 10th September.  

  1. Linlithgow St Michael’s Kirk – One of the finest examples of a large medieval burgh church. Consecrated in 1242 on the site of an earlier church, most of the present building dates from the 15th century with some 19th- and 20th-century restoration. Situated beside Linlithgow Palace.  Willis organ installed by Matthew Copley 2001 from Queen Ethelburga’s College, Harrogate.
  2. Kirkliston Parish Church – Late 12th-century church with tower sited on a elevated position. Later alterations and additions in 1687, 1822 and 1883 – the last by Robert Rowand Anderson. Organ by Ingram of Edinburgh 1925.
  3. Winchburgh Parish Church – The church at Winchburgh is in the largest village in the parish, and sits on a mound next to the canal, set among trees. The interior has recently been refurbished: pews have been replaced by seats, and this allows us to change the seating arrangements. The most striking feature of the church is the window above the communion table, illustrating the Ascension.  The organ is by JW Walker and was previously located at St Mary’s Kirk, Haddington.

If you want to come along please let us know.  Simply complete the form below and we will add you to the list!