Organ scholarships

Organ Scholarships
The Presbytery of Hamilton have agreed to fund two organ scholarships of £300 each. These scholarships will last for one year of three terms (starting date by agreement with the Tutor). Terms and Conditions apply for this scholarship and are detailed on the application form which is available from the Hamilton Presbytery office or from Jean Schofield (Jean is a member of the LSO please use the contact link above to contact her)

Presbytery of Hamilton Organ Scholarships

Two organ scholarships are available. Thirty half-hour lessons, or fifteen one-hour lessons. Candidates must have access to an organ with pedals. Candidates buy their own music. Application forms and further information is available from Jean Schofield 01357 520678. 

Closing date for 2015 applications is 12th May. Successful applicants will be invited for audition on piano. 

These scholarships are not solely for Church of Scotland members. Applications from all denominations are welcomed and encouraged. 

Leeds College of Music organ scholarship

From: Jacob Thompson-Bell 

Subject: Leeds COllege of Music organ scholarship

Message Body:
Dear Sir/Madam,

I wonder if you might be able to help send out some information on your mailing list about a scholarship we are offering at Leeds College of Music for an organist to study on our Masters programme, starting September 2015. The deadline for applications to our Masters programme is 31 August 2015.

The scholarship is offered in association with St Andrews United Reform Church, Roundhay, Leeds, where the candidate would work as church organist in addition to their studies.

Details of the award are available here:

I’m sure your network will be connected with people who would be interested in this opportunity. Do let me know if you’d like further information.

Thanks you in advance for any help.

Kind regards,

Jacob Thompson-Bell
Principal Lecturer, Postgraduate Studies
Leeds College of Music

This e-mail was sent from a contact form on The Incorporated Association of Organists (

Timetable for Feb 2013 training day

From the Secretary


TRAINING DAY – Our Lady of Good Aid Cathedral, Motherwell

Saturday, 16th February, 2013

Please see the two downloadable documents – a copy of the Registration Form, and a Time Table listing the programme for the day.

We encourage you to register, either by returning the form, or by contacting Mrs Mary Smith, by telephone (01355 226 718) or by e-mail:

The Training Day is free to members of the Lanarkshire Society of Organists, but for all others there will be a fee of £10.00

Margaret Filshie

Training Day 2013

Motherwell Diocese and the Lanarkshire Society of Organists


An invitation to all local organists, would-be organists, reluctant organists and keyboard players to join a Training Day on Saturday 16th February 2013 in Motherwell Cathedral, 51 Coursington Road, ML1 1PP.

The day will begin with Coffee and Registration in the Diocesan Centre at 10.30am. This will be followed by a choice of workshops in the Cathedral. We will cover hymn accompaniment, voluntaries (please bring some music you are working on), playing techniques, basic musical skills and easy choral pieces. A special feature will be accompanying the New Liturgy in the Roman Catholic Church. The day will close at 3.30pm

Please bring you own sandwiches for lunch but tea, coffee and soup will be provided.

The cost of the day will be £10. For further details see the website
Or phone 01355 226718.

Download the full flyer with tear-off reply if you wish to attend.

Full Flyer and tear of slip

Christmas Hymns for the Reluctant Organist

Brigitte Harris (Organist at St Andrew’s & St George’s West) and Andrew Carvel (Organ Scholar at St Andrew’s & St George’s West) have produced a a hymn booklet with favourite Christmas Hymns designed for the reluctant organist. They have arranged the hymns to fit well under the hands.

Hymns include:

  • Angel voices, richly blending
  • As with gladness men of old
  • Away in a manger
  • Child in the manger
  • Hark the herald angels sing
  • It came upon the midnight clear
  • Joy to the world
  • Love came down at Christmas
  • O come, all ye faithful
  • O little town of Bethlehem
  • Once in Royal David’s City
  • See! in yonder manger lo
  • Still the night
  • The race that long in darkness pined
  • While humble shepherds watched their flocks

The cost is a donation of £6 (+ postage) to St Andrew’s and St George’s West Church, ideally payable by cheque.

To order a copy contact Brigitte via the St Andrew’s and St George’s West Church website – available here

Please send cheques to Mrs Brigitte Harris, 8 Eyre Place Lane, Edinburgh, EH3 5EH

Different Voices March 2013

Click here to download the flyer

Click here to download the flyer

National Music Event 2013An event for everyone interested in using music to enhance the life of church and community.Friday 15th March 7:00pm – Saturday 16th March 18:00pmSt Cuthbert’s Church, Lothian Road, Edinburgh.

  • Noel Richards – International Worship Leader, and writer of ‘All Heaven Declares’ Enabling Contemporary Worship
  • John L. Bell – of the Wild Goose Resource Group and Iona Community Singing for Everyone
  • Paul Mealor – Reader in Composition at the University of Aberdeen and Composer of ‘Ubi Caritas’ for the Royal Wedding Ceremony. Composition in Worship and Outreach
  • Fischy Music – Peerless Pioneers of Children’s music for churches, schools and families. Singing with Children

We will also be joined by the National Youth Choir of Scotland, New Scottish Arts, John Kitchen, Origin Scotland, Givin’ it Laldae and other contributors. Workshops will include song writing, improvised music, developing musicality in toddlers, music with people with dementia, change management in church music, AV clinics, Scottish Rap, and how to play hymns meaningfully.

  • Lunch and refreshments are included in the ticket cost.
  • Early bird rate of £35 if booking before the 1st October. £40 per ticket thereafter. Group bookings of 9 tickets and get one free. Some financial support may be provided for those who need it. Email below for details.
  • To book online please go to or contact Mission and Discipleship Council on 0131 225 5722
  • Please note an additional ‘Fringe event’ open to all will take place on Saturday evening to explore opportunities to network with other church musicians from around the country. With music from Noel Richards and others. Entry £7.50. Includes refreshments.
  • For up to date information about the programme, workshops, venue, travel and accommodation please visit the Church of Scotland Website
  • To subscribe to the Different Voices Magazine please go to ‘resources’ section.