SFO Annual Conference – booking form

The SFO Conference for 2015 take place on 15th and 16th May and is organised this year by the Stirling and District Society of Organists.

An interesting programme of events are taking place in Stenhouse and Carron Parish Church.

Please download the booking form and send back to:
Miss Margaret Simpson, 18 Craigton Crescent, Alva, Clackmannanshire,  FK12 5DS

or email to register mwsmoonbeam@googlemail.com

SFO BOOKING FORM 2015 (word)


SFO annual conference

The Lanarkshire Society of Organists is proud to host the 2014 Annual Conference for the Scottish Federations of Organists

The Conference take place on Saturday 10th May, 2014 and is based at New St Andrew’s Church, Coatbridge

Download our information brochure and contact Helen Simpson to secure your place for what will be an exciting and informative day

We are extremely fortunate to have secured as guest speaker and recitalist Professor Ian Tracey, organist of Liverpool Anglican Cathedral

Click here to download the brochure

SFO Edinburgh Conference

Dear Organist Association Member,

For the first and possibly only time, Olivier Latry (Notre Dame, Paris)  and Thierry Escaich (Saint-Étienne-du-Mont) will be playing in duet, at St Mary’s Metropolitan Cathedral in Edinburgh, on Friday 17th May at 7.30pm.

This event arose as Olivier Latry performed one of the inaugural recitals  on our new organ in March 2008. I had seen a video online of him and  Philippe Lefebvre improvising in duet (this can still be seen, here:  http://youtu.be/cACyenYVhIY) and I suggested to him that it would be  wonderful if this could happen here. He said that he would most like to try  doing this with Thierry Escaich, and so we have made it happen!

This will be the programme:

Gustav MERKEL (1827 – 1885) : 1st Mouvement of the Sonata in D minor  (Thierry Escaich and Olivier Latry)
Nicolas de GRIGNY (1672 – 1703) : Récit de Tierce en taille (Thierry
Olivier LATRY : Improvised Suite Française in the French classical style
Thierry ESCAICH and Olivier LATRY : Duet Improvisation in the style of a  baroque concerto
César FRANCK (1822 – 1890) : Cantabile (Olivier Latry)
Thierry ESCAICH : Improvised Fantaisie and fugue in the romantic style
Louis VIERNE (1870 – 1937) : Final from Symphony n. 4 (Thierry Escaich)
Olivier LATRY : Improvisation (on the name of Vierne)
Olivier MESSIAEN (1908 – 1992) : Verset pour la fête de la Dédicace
Thierry ESCAICH : Improvisation
Thierry ESCAICH and Olivier LATRY : Theme and variations

The movable console will be used at this concert, so the performers will be  visible to the audience, similar to that in the Youtube video link above.

Tickets are available from the Queen’s Hall Box Office: online at
http://www.thequeenshall.net/elsewhere/shows/olivier-latry-thierry-escaichor or by telephoning  0131-668-2019.

If you would please be able to share this information with your colleagues, I  would be most grateful. The probably unique nature of this event could well  be worth the trip to Edinburgh!

With sincere thanks and good wishes,


Simon Niemiński,
St Mary’s Metropolitan Cathedral,
Cathedral House,
61, York Place,


Cathedral Office: (0131)556-1798
Direct line: (0131)523-0106

St Mary’s Cathedral is a Parish of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St  Andrews and Edinburgh, a Charity registered in Scotland – Number SC008540.

Concerts at St Mary’s:

CD of the new Cathedral organ:
(CD label’s page: www.tinyurl.com/organcd)

The Cathedral organ on Youtube:

St Mary’s Metropolitan Cathedral Concerts Facebook page:

SFO Conference 2013

Hosted by the Edinburgh Society of Organists

Please click the image below to download the full conference booking form which includes the full itinerary of the weekend.

Friday 17 and Saturday 18 May
SFO Conference

7.30 pm: Celebrity French Organists’ duo recital at St Mary’s Metropolitan Cathedral, followed by SFO reception

10 am: AGM, followed by
11 am: Recital by John Kitchen, St Cuthbert’s Lothian Road
1.15pm: ‘Edinburgh 100 years ago’: a talk to mark the centenary of the ESO
2pm: Visits to the Murals in St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral Song School
2.30pm: Open rehearsal in the Cathedral
3.30pm: Conference Evensong, concluding with specially commissioned organ voluntary by Cecilia McDowall

SFO Conf 013

Click this image to download the booking form.