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.

A message from the SFO.

A message received 18/03/2020 from the SFO.

This morning the College of Bishops of the Scottish Episcopal Church instructed that all services should be cancelled with immediate effect. Early today the Church of Scotland cancelled this year’s General Assembly and in the afternoon the Church of Scotland instructed all congregations that services are to be cancelled from tomorrow until further notice.

Any SFO member who is caused difficulty by this or who has any queries should get in touch with me and I shall attempt to assist in any way I can.

Secretaries, please forward this message on to all your members without delay.

Contact Donald Maclagan, 01540 662431, 07974 935224, 1 Victoria Court, Kingussie, PH21 1HZ.

Best wishes and stay safe,

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 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!


Information for Calderbank organ Visit

Saturday 15th February 1pm

For those of you who are considering coming to Calderbank on Saturday:
The heating is booked and the urn will be on for teas and coffees! Calderbank Church is on the main street immediately opposite the Primary School. There is sufficient parking if you turn in the church gate to the wee car park and access to the building will be via the hall door up the ramp from the car park. Looking forward to seeing those who are able to come.

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