The Edinburgh Society of Organists
The Edinburgh Society of Organists

Meetings and Events



The list of meetings for the new session will be published here in the summer, once it has been confirmed.



Saturday 16 September, 10.30am–12.30pm, St Cecilia's Hall, 

50 Niddry Street: The collection of early keyboard instruments—harpsichords, spinets, virginals, clavichords and organs—at St Cecilia’s  Hall and Museum is the second-most comprehensive early  keyboard collection in the world. John Kitchen will discuss and demonstrate a few of these priceless instruments.  John has recorded most of the instruments, and knows them very well. The historic hall, which dates from 1763, was fully restored in 2015-17 and now attracts many visitors and concert-goers.

Contact: John Kitchen


Saturday 21 October at 2pm in Old Saint Paul’s Church,  Jeffrey Street:

Music from the Polish 'Golden Age’; An Illustrated Tour

presented by Dr Paul Newton-Jackson, scholar-in-residence at Old Saint Paul’s Church. Paul will explore some of the little-known but extremely fine polyphonic liturgical music from 17th- and 18th-century Poland, with illustrations provided by members of the Old Saint Paul’s Choir.

Contact: John Kitchen


Saturday 18 November at 2.30pm, Church of the Sacred Heart, Lauriston Street: ‘Organ improvisation — revealing the art’ by John Riley;  a presentation using the Harrison organ (1971): Contact: John Riley

Saturday 20 January  2024 at 2.30pm, Morningside United Church, Chamberlain Road, EH10 4DH: President’s Meeting; A demonstration of the recently restored 1955 Rushworth and Dreaper organ followed by a recital of music for organ duet by Michael and Brigitte Harris. 

Contact: Michael Harris


Friday, 23 February 2024, St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral,  6.30pm: ESO recital by Philip Rushforth, Director of Music at Chester Cathedral, followed at 8pm by annual dinner at the Scottish Arts Club.

Contact: Martyn Strachan


Saturday 16 March 2024 at 10.30am, Canongate Kirk: Masterclass with Tom Bell. Tom Bell, one of Britain’s most exciting recitalists, has a vibrant career as a performer, teacher and animateur.  This session is open to all, and those who wish to take part as an active participant should contact Michael Harris


Saturday 20 April 2024: Trip to Cumbria:  Kendal Parish Church, (two organs); St George’s Parish Church, Kendal; St Peter’s Church, Heversham. 
Contact: John Riley

Tuesday 14 May 2024 at 7pm (access from 6.30pm): AGM at Cathedral House, 61 York Place, 

followed by a recital by Tom Wilkinson in St Mary’s Metropolitan Cathedral.


Preston - Alleluias

F Couperin - movements from Messe pour Les couvents 

Messiaen - L'Ascension


Contact: Caroline Cradock


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