With effect from 15th July 2020, the Scottish Government has sanctioned the resumption of comunal services of prayer and contemplation limited to 50 people, with social distancing, no singing or chanting (singing produces droplets of infection), a mandatory COVID-19 risk assessment, and strict health and safety precautions.
The following is not official guidance, but national opinion is that more normal weekly public worship may be allowed to resume on Sunday 29th November 2020 - the First Sunday of Advent. However, this is by no means certain.
The Organ Advice Committee suggests that all organists should examine their instruments regularly. The best form of maintenance for pipe organs is use, especially when the action is pneumatic, or electro-pneumatic, or when there is abnormally low or high humidity. The need to use organs, even for a few minutes a week, extends also to the older type of electronic or digital organs which still retain open electrical contacts which can accumulate dust. The dust is often displaced when the notes are used.
Difficulties and restrictions may continue for many months yet; do be assured that the office-bearers of the Scottish Federation of Organists will continue to do what we can to advise and assist you.
The latest updated version of our booklet Church Organs may be viewed by clicking the button above.
A printed copy of the leaflet may be obtained on application to Donald Maclagan, Scottish Federation of Organists, 1 Victoria Court, 72 High Street, Kingussie, PH21 1HZ. Tel: 01540 662431; email: email@example.com at a cost of £2.50 for 2nd Class UK postage.
In addition to offering independent advice on the care and maintenence of organs, the advisers also have knowledge of current redundant organs (often in now unused churches that still have good organs in them). If you are in a position to give a used organ a home please get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Organ Advice Committee
Approaches to organ advisers can be made through the office of the Committee on Church Art and Architecture which can be reached by telephone on 0131 225 5722 extension: 316 or on e-mail address: email@example.com
In these exceptional times please also feel free to contact Organ Advisers direct - details below: