Our April event is a members recital at Hamilton West Parish Church on Saturday 21 April at 2.30pm. All are invited to this OPEN recital.
Hamilton West Church is located conveniently next to Hamilton West train station. There is ample parking in the car parks nearby.
John Burnett – member of the Lanarkshire Society of Organists – is giving a recital in Calderbank Parish Church on Sunday 25th March at 2.30pm
All are welcome to come along
Our December event. We’re looking forward to visiting Crosshill Church and enjoying John’s presentation on his recent trip to Denmark.
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.
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 Marjory.firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
We had an excellent day visiting churches and organs in Coatbridge.
Thanks to those who managed for some or all of the day. It was great to see you!
We visited Calder Church, St Patrick’s Church and St Augustine’s RC Church.
Here’s some pictures taken throughout the day. Thank you to the officials of each church for allowing us access.
St. John’s and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Airdrie
Would anyone able to provide organ cover here for Peter Livingstone on September 10, 17 and 24th please contact Geoff Sage on 01236 756550. (Church Officer). Please let us know here too when cover is arranged. Thanks.
PS service is at 11am Organ is a delightful restored small Brindley and Foster.
The LSO are please to host a masterclass on Improvisation to which all organists are invited which will be lead by John Riley, who is an Edinburgh based freelance musician and noted as a performer and teacher of organ improvisation. More information is available from John’s own website – click here
One of our younger members is organising an Organ Crawl to three local organs, on Saturday 16th January.
Proposed timings are:
Bargeddie Parish Church – 11:00-12:30
St Joseph’s Blantyre 13:00-14:00 (Possible tea and coffee)
St Mary’s Episcopal Hamilton – 15:00-16:30
Please let us know if you are coming along, we can maybe arrange to car share etc. Links above are provided to each organ’s specification on NPOR.
Saturday 10th October at 2:30pm at New Monkland Parish Church, the LSO invite you to our October event! We welcome Matt Edwards as our guest recitalist.
1. Toccata pour Grand Orgue – G. Bélier
2. Suite in D – J. Stanley
3. Trumpet Tune in D – D. Johnson
4. Ciacona in Em – Buxtehude
5. Sonata No. 2 in C – F. Mendelssohn
6. Cantilène Pastorale – A. Guilmant
7. Fantasie für das Pedal – J. Krebs
8. Blaze Away! – A. Holzmann
9. Toccata and Fugue in Dm BWV 565 – J. S. Bach
Matt, born in Hampshire, first studied the organ with Robin Walker at St. Michael’s Parish Church in Aldershot, where he was
also a chorister. He later moved on to King Alfred’s University College in Winchester, receiving organ tuition from Christopher Monks at Winchester Cathedral. He was then appointed Organ Scholar at Peterborough Cathedral, spending time as both Acting Assistant and Acting Master of the Music. In 1998 he was appointed Organist and Master of the Choristers at The Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Dundee, at just 21 becoming the youngest Cathedral director of music in Britain. In May 2008 he was appointed to his most recent post, Director of Music at Thomas Coats Memorial Church in Paisley, the “Baptist Cathedral of Europe”. Matt left Paisley in September 2015 due to ill health, and is now enjoying the life of a freelance organist.
Matt is a perpetual student, and recently gained his fourth degree from The Open University. He plans to start study for a Master of Arts degree in October 2016. He also holds several diplomas, including a distinction in his LTCL examination. He recently acted as one of two consultants for the design and installation of a large four manual digital Copeman Hart organ in Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall.
Recent recitals have taken him around the country, and include performances at the Cathedrals of Blackburn, Brecon, Chester, Dunblane, Hereford, Oban, Perth and Winchester. Matt is also a regular recitalist at Glasgow’s famous Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum. In a few weeks time Matt will release a solo CD of the historic Hill organ of Thomas Coats Memorial Church.