The Scottish Federation of Organists

Organist Required by the Organisation, Adam Castle, artists

An organist is required for the performance of 3 original compositions at St Cecelia's Hall, Edinburgh for an artists' project 10minute musical performance with a singer and actor.

Performance: Evening of 2 May 2018.

Rehearsal dates (tbc): 28 April and 1 May 2018.

This is a small budget project and therefore payment would be suited to a student.

Please email with information about yourself, and to find out more.


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 - St Michael’s Parish Church, Linlithgow

We are looking for an experienced and appropriately qualified Organist and Co-ordinator of Music to play at our services, conduct our choir and work with our Ministry Team to develop the role of music in the life, worship and outreach of our congregation.

The church is equipped with a Willis organ (1912) with 2 manuals and pedals, and a grand piano.

You would be expected to direct our enthusiastic and loyal mixed voice choir, and to co-ordinate a variety of other musical groups within the church. We are looking for a person with good people skills, the ability to play a wide variety of music genres, and the vision to lead us forward in new and inspiring ways.  In return, we offer a warm and welcoming congregation, an enthusiastic choir and a large number of accomplished musicians of all ages keen to use their talents in the life of the church. Remuneration will be within band (C) of the recommended salary scales for Organists, as set by the Scottish Federation of Organists.

For job description and further information, please see St Michael’s Church website or contact

Closing date: Friday 13 April 2018

Scottish Charity No. SC016185


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


EDINBURGH SOCIETY OF ORGANISTS - Tuesday 13 March 2018, 7.30 pm

President's Meeting in the newly refurbished St Cecilia's Hall, Cowgate, Edinburgh


SFO Committee Meeting - Saturday 17 March 2018, 2.00 pm

Committee Meeting in Mission Room of St Matthew's Church, Perth


ABERDEEN & DISTRICT ORGANISTS' ASSOCIATION - Saturday 17 March 2018, 2.30 pm

Organ Recital by members of the ADOA in the Kirk of St Nicholas


EDINBURGH SOCIETY OF ORGANISTS - Date and time to be confirmed, April 2018

Visit to the Scottish Theatre Organ Preservation Society, Greenlaw


GLASGOW SOCIETY OF ORGANISTS - Saturday 14 April 2018, 2.30 pm



TAYSIDE ORGANISTS' SOCIETY - Tuesday 17 April 2018, 7.30 pm

Talk and mini-recital on A Profile of Nicholson & Co Organ Builders and some of their Recent Work by Andrew Caskie in St Mary Magdalene's Episcopal Church, Dundee.



Spring Outing to Carnoustie and Arbroath


LANARKSHIRE SOCIETY OF ORGANISTS - Saturday 21 April 2018, 2.30 pm

AGM and Members' Recital in Hamilton West Parish Church



Sweet Harmony in Clackmannan Parish Church


58th SFO Annual Conference - Friday and Saturday 4th and 5th May 2018

Hosted by the Tayside Organists' Society based in Central Dundee: St Mary Magdalene's Church, The Steeple Church and the Caird Hall.

Events will include:

Organ and Brass concert by Gordon Stewart and Alba Brass.

Talk on Alfred Hollins and the 'Dundee Job' by Dr James McKellican.

Concert by St Salvator's Chapel Choir directed by Tom Wilkinson.

Celebrity Organ Recital by Martin Baker in the Caird Hall.

Civic Reception in the City Chambers.

For full details and a booking form click the button on the left.



AGM in Craigiebuckler Church



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

Daily News & Notices

Please also refer to

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

A much expanded and completely revised list of organs in Scotland based on previous ESO publications by David Stewart.

Due for publication on 31st March 2018 - full details of price and availability will appear here as soon as they are available.

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

Further details may meantime be obtailed from:

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

Telephone: 01540 673238