Organ Recital and AGM

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Improvisation Masterclass and Recital

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


January Organ Crawl

Hi folks,

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.

New Monkland recital – 10th October 

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.  

The Programme…

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 Edwards…

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.

Saturday 18th April Organ Crawl

Only one week until our Lanarkshire Organ Crawl!!!

Please use the form below if you are coming – WE LOOK FORWARD TO WELCOMING YOU!!

Saturday 18th April 2015, starting at 11am in St Pauls and St Johns Church, Springwells Ave, Airdrie.  Here they have a lovely instrument well suited to the Church.   Parking on Springwells Ave is available.

We move to be at Flowerhill Parish Church in Airdrie for 12:30pm.  Marjory, the Organist/Worship Leader at Flowerhill has very kindly provided some easy and useful directions from St Pauls/Johns Church to Flowerhill and these are available by clicking here. We will probably all leave together but I will give instructions on the day itself.   The organ here is a well proportioned 2 manual H&H instrument.   TEA AND COFFEE AVAILABLE.

At 2pm we are scheduled to be at Cadzow Parish Church in Hamilton.  There is a small church car park in the grounds, and parking on the streets surrounding.  Please note: parking charges may apply.   The organ in Cadzow is a versatile Forster and Andrews with additions.  John Pitcathley is the organist and may be on hand to demonstrate the instrument.

Finally we finish the day at Cambusnethan Old and Morningside Church in Wishaw, where we will have tea and coffee and a chance to see the Walker Organ in the church, which was originally in Golders Green, London. We will leave Cazdow at around 3:30pm and head to Wishaw.  Ample parking in Greenhead Rd is available.