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.

Lanarkshire Organ Crawl

The date, times, and locations are all now firmed up!

The Lanarkshire Organ Crawl will take place on Saturday 18th April.

We hope that as many of you as possible can join us for all or part of the day, please use the contact us page to let us know if you are coming along.

1) Beginning at 11am 

St Paul & St John the Evangelist, Monklands
Springwells Avenue
Airdrie ML6 6EA

Map here

2) Moving at 12:30 to (tea and coffee available here)

Flowerhill Parish Church
Church of Scotland
Graham Street

Map here

3) Moving for 2:00pm to

Cadzow Parish Church,
Woodside Walk,
Hamilton, South Lanarkshire

Map here

4) Finishing at around 3:30pm (for tea/coffee and a look at the Walker Organ in the Church)

Cambusnethan Old Parish Church,
171 Greenhead Road
Wishaw North Lanarkshire ML2 8LG

Map here

Lanarkshire Organ Crawl

When: Saturday 18th April 2015

Where: Airdrie, Hamilton and Cambusnethan

Organs: Brindley & Foster, Harrison & Harrison, Forster & Andrew, and JW Walker

If you are interested in joining the LSO and friends in this organ crawl and a day of socialising please get in touch for more details  – contact us

We look forward to welcoming you!

Paisley Abbey recital series

Saturday 24th January – there will be no lunchtime recital.

Saturday 21st February (please note this is a change of date)
Tim Lambourn, Assistant Organist, Paisley Abbey

Saturday 28th March
Abbey Strings

Saturday 25th April
Peter Wilson (Tenor)

Saturday 23rd May
Marjorie Bruce (Organ)

Saturday 6th June at 2:30pm
David Gerrard (Organ)

Saturday 13th June
Stefan Grasse (Guitar)
Alastair Savage (Violin)
Eddie McGuire (Flute)

All recitals commence at 12:30pm, with the exception of the Glasgow Society of Organists Recital, to be given by David Gerrard on 6th June. This will be at 2:30pm.

Tickets £5 available at the door.

Paisley Abbey (Church of Scotland) – Registered Charity No. SC007633