Special General Meeting Saturday 18th September 2021


Everything is set for our Special General Meeting this Saturday the 18th September 2021 in CADZOW PARISH CHURCH, HAMILTON at 2pm. I hope as many of you as possible will be able to attend as this could turn out to be a very important meeting for the Lanarkshire Society of Organists. It needs all your support to be able to continue.

The reading material you will need for the meeting is available to be sent as an email. Just contact us through the contact page, as I won’t be bringing lots of spare copies with me as I usually do.  So could those who have computer and printer access, please print out your copies yourself and bring them along with you. Of course the computer literate and younger members will have them on their phone or laptop which is a great way of doing things!!!!

It would also help, if you receive this email, if you could read the minutes before you come, so that we don’t have to read them at the meeting. Because of Covid, and the huge rise in case numbers in Lanarkshire, it would be sensible to keep the meeting as short as possible.

I look forward to seeing you on Saturday and please remember to bring your masks and hand gel!

Best Wishes

Anne Maguire

07721 534233

Members online activities

Hi folks

We hope that you are all keeping safe and well during this time

We thought it’d be nice to share some of the activities three of our members have been doing during lockdown and the continuing restrictions us Organists find ourselves in.

Alan, our treasurer, has been entertaining the folks connected with Bellshill Central Parish Church and episode 23 premieres tomorrow!

Our vice president, Derek, has been enjoying exploring the wonderful sounds from Salisbury Cathedral via his new Hauptwerk organ. His videos are proving extremely popular

Duncan Mackay, organist at the West Parish Church also in Bellshill. Duncan’s videos showcase his skills in using his wizardry on his keyboards to show some hymns and song with a different colour.

Lockdown activities

Hello there fellow members, friends and hangers-on of the Lanarkshire Society of Organists

Its been more than three months since we were last able to meet. It was a very interesting day back in March with the help of John Kitchen that we visited Old St Paul’s, Canongate, St Giles and St Stephens.

Our April Come and Sing had to be cancelled due to COVID19 and this was obviously disappointing. We will look to reinstate this much loved and well supported event for 2021, all being well.

Some of our members have kept themselves busy during the passed months, over Lockdown and the various restrictions

Our vice president has enjoyed recording some videos on his new Hauptwerk software and this is sounding particularly good Derek!

Our treasurer and web master has been producing his Organist Entertains series of videos, recorded from the console of Bellshill Central Parish Church’s splendid 1930 Hilsdon Organ.

Our member, Duncan Mackay has been producing hymns and songs from home, and these are shared via the Bellshill West Church Facebook page

Long standing member, David Hamilton, has been playing hymns requested from the members of St Mary’s Episcopalian Church, Hamilton and these are available from the church Facebook page.

Some of our member and friends have been unable, due to varying circumstances, to play the organ – perhaps due to being furloughed, shielding or buildimg being made unavailable.

We do want to stress that during these unprecedented times we arw thinking of each and everyone of you. We’d normally be planning our September activities but this can’t happen at present.

We will be contacting you all more formally in the coming weeks, either our thoughts for what should be the 2020/21 session and our plans for hosting a Scottish Federation of Organists Conference in the future

We’d be delighted to hear from you all, with activities you are taking part in, and what you are doing if able to keep playing the organ.

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 https://www.ekopc.org.uk/ 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!


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