The Scottish Federation of Organists

Vacancy - Balerno Parish Church, Edinburgh

Applications are invited for the position of Director of Music which is currently vacant following the retirement of our previous organist.  As the church organist, the Director would also lead the choir and have responsibility for the coordination of the contribution of other musical groups to worship.

Sunday worship is at 10am and is led by a (currently) balanced choir of approx 20 voices who sing an introit.  The choir have regularly rehearsed on Thursday evenings and have prepared special services of music for Christmas and Easter as well as contributing occasional anthems to worship.

The church also has a praise band – Jubilate - consisting of 12 musicians and singers overall.  It contributes regularly to worship, depending on availability and playing mostly contemporary music.  Young people from the church’s Sunday Club also sing at special services and there is scope to develop their involvement in worship further.  The congregation has always enjoyed a variety of music and there are members of the congregation who are able to play occasionally if circumstances require.

The church organ was replaced in 2015 and is a Viscount Physis Envoy 35-F with two manuals and pedalboard.

Salary would be negotiated on the basis of experience, consistent with the scales of the Scottish Federation of Organists.

Applications should be made by letter with a CV outlining musical experience and previous organist roles held. These should be accompanied by the names of two referees and sent to from whom further information is available.


Vacancy - St Mary’s Roman Catholic Cathedral, Edinburgh

St Mary’s Cathedral are seeking an experienced organist to support the Director of Music to enrich the musical worship of the Cathedral.

An annual fee of £8,000 is payable and covers attendance at the Saturday Vigil at 6pm, Sunday services at 9am and 12 pm, choir rehearsals and other key services during the year. Wedding and funeral fees would be paid in addition to this as undertaken.

Applications should be made by CV and covering letter outlining musical experience and previous organist roles held. These should be sent to

Further details are available at or a full role description can be requested by email.


Vacancy - Nairn Old Parish Church

Nairn Old Parish Church invites applications for the post of Organist and Choirmaster to play at our well attended Sunday morning services, direct our enthusiastic choir and work with our Minister, Rev Alison C Mehigan, to develop the role of music in the worship of our Congregation.

We are looking to appoint a suitably qualified and / or experienced person who has good people skills combined with an enthusiastic approach to leading and developing our musical praise.

Our Organist would be expected to play at other services throughout the year e.g. Holy Week, Christmas, 2 afternoon services of Communion and End of Term School Services.

Our well maintained pipe organ was originally built by Norman and Beard in 1903 and rebuilt by Hilsdon in 1964.

Availability to play at weddings and funerals is also desirable and would attract an appropriate fee.

Remuneration within guidelines of the Scottish Federation of Organists and dependent on skills and experience.

Further details are available on our website. Visit or contact Mrs Anne Harris, Church Secretary on 01667 452382, e-mail


Vacancy - Dunkeld Parish Church

The Parish of Dunkeld (Church of Scotland) is looking to appoint an organist.

Regular Sunday Worship is at 11am. (there is a small group of singers who contribute to the service. It is our desire to see this develop.)
There are other occasional Sunday services through the year which the organist would be expected to play at (Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Holy Week etc.)  From Easter Sunday until Remembrance Sunday we worship in the Medieval Dunkeld Cathedral and over the winter in Little Dunkeld Kirk.

The Cathedral has a fine two manual Bevington Organ, expertly reconditioned by Sandy Edmonstone.  Little Dunkeld has a small two-manual pipe organ which was out of commission for a number of years and was restored to working order about 15 years ago.

Music has a long-established part in the life of the congregation and wider community in Dunkeld. It could be an important aspect of outreach into the community too. The community of Dunkeld also has a very strong folk tradition which has grown in recent years.

We are looking for someone:

The salary will be based on the scale proposed by the Scottish Federation of Organists. Dunkeld Cathedral has a considerable number of weddings which can enhance the organist’s income. (Around 20-30 per year.)

For more information contact the minister, Fraser Penny on 01350 727249 or

Applications should be submitted to the Session Clerk, Mrs. Christine McNicoll -


Vacancy - Inverness Crown Church of Scotland

Inverness Crown Church of Scotland Inverness invites applications for the post of Organist and Choir Director. The role entails playing for our Sunday services, rehearsing and conducting the choir and working to develop the place of music in the life and worship of our congregation.

We seek a person with good people skills, sensitive to liturgy and at home with varied musical styles. We offer a warm and welcoming congregation, a small but enthusiastic and loyal choir and remuneration will be in accordance with Scottish Federation of Organists guidelines and dependent on skills, experience and qualification.

Our organ is a Makin 3 manual electronic and we have 4 good pianos available.

Availability to play at weddings and funerals is desirable but not essential.

A detailed job description and its terms and conditions may be obtained by telephoning David Crippin on 07749679435  and further information regarding the Crown Church may be had by visiting our website


Vacancy - St. Leonard's Parish Church, St. Andrews

This congregation seeks an organist to play the ‘Father’ Willis 3 manual pipe organ.  We would hope to foster a long term relationship here at St Leonard’s Parish Church of Scotland, St Andrews.

Sunday worship is at 11.15am with weekly contributions from our committed and enthusiastic choir.

An interest in expanding the role to include developing the choir, and initiating new musical opportunities with the community would be favourably regarded.

Salary in line with Scottish Federation of Organists recommendations.

Enquiries and further information from


Vacancy - Greenbank Parish Church, Edinburgh

Applications are invited for the position of Director of Music of Greenbank Parish Church, Edinburgh which will become vacant at the end of May 2018 on the retirement of the current incumbent.

The Director will be the lead organ player, will lead the choir, and will have responsibility for coordination of all musical groups (though some are led by others).

The church has a two-manual and pedal board pipe organ, an enthusiastic choir which sings introits and anthems at the main service every Sunday from October to the end of May and a congregation that enjoys singing.

Further information about this post is at this link or from:

Mrs Valerie Macniven
Session Clerk
Greenbank Parish Church
Braidburn Terrace
EH10 6ES

to whom applications for appointment, accompanied by a CV and the names of two referees, should be addressed.



Vacancy - Episcopal Church of St. Ninian, Comely Bank, Edinburgh; from mid-August 2018

The Episcopal Church of St. Ninian, Comely Bank, Edinburgh is looking for a new Director of Music/Organist to take up duties in mid-August 2018.

The organ is a 2 manual and pedals Copeman Hart and there is small, enthusiastic and loyal choir of mainly female voices which is seeking to develop itself.  A priority is to make joining the choir flexible and accessible and to include children in the spirit of a family church with "informally formal worship".

There is a weekly choir practice and one sung service every Sunday with additional sung services throughout the church year and this includes Choral Evensong.

The salary offered is in line with the R.S.C.M. recommended scales.

Information from the Rector: Very Rev Frances Burberry on 0131 315 0404 or



AGM at locations in Bo'ness


EDINBURGH SOCIETY OF ORGANISTS - Saturday 26 May 2018, 11.00

Annual General Meeting in Freemasons' Hall, George Street, Edinburgh followed by refreshments and a recital by Simin Niemiñski



AGM with guest speaker David McEldery on Organs in their Spaces


TAYSIDE ORGANISTS' SOCIETY - Tuesday 29 May 2018, 7.30 pm

Presentation on the work of the Royal School of Church Music in St James' Church Hall, Broughty Ferry
(Evening will include our AGM)



Overnight (Friday/Saturday) outing to Liverpool; Willis' workshop plus Willis organs.


EDINBURGH SOCIETY OF ORGANISTS - Saturday 2 June 2018, all day

Edinburgh Organ Crawl from east to west of the city; joint meeting with Glasgow Society of Organists



Summer Outing to Ayton Church


59th SFO Annual Conference - Friday and Saturday 3rd and 4th May 2019

Hosted by the Edinburgh Society of Organists and based in the Old Town of Edinburgh.

Locations are planned to include the High Kirk of Edinburgh (Saint Giles'), High Street, and Saint Cecilia's Hall, Cowgate.

Conference will end with a unique special Conference Evensong in Old Saint Paul's Scottish Episcopal Church which lies just between Jeffrey Street and the Royal Mile, under the direction of SFO twice past-president and four times celebrity recitalist Dr John R Kitchen.

All locations are within easy walking distance.

Daily News & Notices

Please also refer to

Organs in Scotland - A Revised List
by David Stewart and Alan Buchan

Published on 31st March 20018, this is a much expanded and completely revised list of organs in Scotland based on previous ESO publications by David Stewart.

364pp and including 119 photographs, both B&W and Colour.

Copies priced £8.50 post free are available now and will be dispatched immediately on receipt of your order.

Orders with a cheque payable to Alan Buchan for £8.50 per copy should please be sent to:

Donald Maclagan,
SFO Publications,
1 Victoria Court, 72 High Street,
PH21 1HZ

Telephone: 01540 662431


or to the author, from whom further information is also available:

Alan Buchan,
The Manse,
Fort William Road,
PH20 1DG.

Telephone: 01540 673238


If you prefer to order on-line then please go to Ebay and search for item number 192488546350 or Organs in Scotland where you can purchase copies at the same price and pay by PayPal.  Alternatively, please email Donald Maclagan at and he will accept your order and provide payment method details.

21st April 2018

This comprehensive work on the organs of Scotland by Alan Buchan, aided by countless others, is a vade mecum for any aspiring or established organist who has more than just an interest their own instrument i.e. most of us. The detailed research into the history of organs in Scotland is evident as an in depth study and reminds us that, despite an oft held idea that all organs were banned post 1560, the only ban was in the majority of Presbyterian places of worship.  Organs continued in other religious denominations as well as in private ownership.

Recently there has been more interest in pipe organs in private ownership and these too are listed in the alphabetical gazetteer.  From a quick glance one can immediately find date of origin, maker, number of manuals, speaking stops and work carried out on the instrument.  There is no need to do any timeous cross referencing.

This is a well presented publication and ought to be on every organist's Christmas list. definitely a '5 star' production.