The Scottish Federation of Organists





In addition to our own events you would normally be referred to www.organrecitals.com.  Due to the Coronovirus (COVID-19) crisis that site was temporarily closed down at the start of the crisis.  It has now come to our attention that some previously arranged recitals are now appearing on the site but our strong advice to everyone is to check directly with the venue before attempting to attend any event and also to assess carefully their own safety aspects of attending any public event.

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The Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis caused all the meetings of the affiliated Scottish organists' societies to be cancelled until at least Autumn 2020.   It is actually unlikely that any face-to-face meetings will take place before 2021.  To date, the Glasgow and Edinburgh Societies have started to arrange on-line meetings - please see the details below.

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SFO Committee Meeting - due to be held September 2020

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation the SFO Committee will not meet in September.  The position will be kept under review and a meeting arranged when it is deemed possible and safe to do so.

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Glasgow Society of Organists - Saturday 3rd October 2020

An on-line virtual meeting  for members of the GSO only.

Kevin Duggan, Andrew Forbes, Steven McIntyre and Tiffany Vong will give a composite recital on a number of instruments including two cathedral organs.

Please contact secgso1@gmail.com for details

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Edinburgh Society of Organists - Tuesday 13 October 2020, 7.30 pm

The AGM deferred from May 2020 will be held on Zoom on Tuesday 13 October 2020 at 7.30 pm.  The Zoom link for this meeting will be sent out to those on the ESO email communication list a week before the meeting.  If you are not on the ESO mailing list but would like to attend the meeting then please email the secretary on secretary@eso1913.com and the Zoom link will be sent to you.  There will also be a facitity to telephone into this meeting.  If you would like to use this option then please phone the Secretary on 0131 346 8939 a week before the meeting for access details.

It is hoped to have some form of musical entertainment immediately following this meeting and the options for this are currently being explored.

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Edinburgh Society of Organists - November 2020

A talk or other event is planned to be held on Zoom or another on-line platform.  Invitations with a link will be sent to all members who have opted for email communications and also on the ESO website, this website, and by other appropriate means.

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Glasgow Society of Organists - Saturday 7th November 2020

An on-line virtual meeting for members of the GSO only.

Dr Peter Christie will be telling the story of the 3-manual J & A Mirrlees organ of 1870 in St John's Church, Greenock where he is Organist and Choirmaster.  Peter's research has revealed that the instument is of substantially more historic interest and importance than previously thought.

Please contact secgso1@gmail.com for details

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61st SFO Annual Conference - Friday & Saturday, 7th & 8th May 2021

This event was due to be hosted by the Lanarkshire Society of Organists but the present COVID-19 crisis has cast the whole annual conference timetable into doubt.  Once the situation becomes clearer details will be posted here.

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IAO Festival - Friday 23rd to Tuesday 27th July 2021 in Edinburgh
President - Dr John Kitchen MBE

The programme is planned to include the finals of the IAO/RCO organ competition feturing six young organists who all play to a professional standard, a concert by the Kellie Consort, visits to and recitals in Paisley Abbey and Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery, Glasgow, several events in churches and cathedrals in Edinburgh and a grand finale recital by Naji Hakim the Lebanese-French composer, organist and improviser.

Prices and booking details will be available later in 2020.

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Page updated 9th August 2020