The Edinburgh Society of Organists
The Edinburgh Society of Organists

Meetings and Events



Saturday 2 October 2021 2.30 p.m. The Parish Church of St Cuthbert, Lothian Road
The Elgar Society and ESO Joint Meeting focusing on Elgar’s Organ Sonata in G Op. 28. Dr Martin Firth will talk about the sonata before Dr John Kitchen performs it in The Parish Church of St Cuthbert, Edinburgh. 
Contact: John Kitchen;
Saturday 30 October 2021 11am: St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, Palmerston Place
'Meet and greet'. The cathedral's new Assistant Master of the Music, Imogen Morgan, will give a recital on the recently restored cathedral organ followed by an open console session and a chance to meet her and everyone else. Refreshments will be provided.
Tuesday 16 November 2021 7.30pm:  Palmerston Place Church
Andrew Caskie, managing director of Nicholson & Co. organ builders, will take us on a tour of the inside of an organ, explaining how organs work, typical forms of mechanism, and how designs have evolved over centuries.
Contact: David Turner;
POSTPONED*: Astoria Centre, Corstorphine
Visit to see the Ingram cinema organ, including a brief talk.  Coffee and tea will be provided and with an opportunity for some wine. 
* It is hoped to run this event in June
Contact: Malcolm MacRae; 
Friday 18 February:  ESO recital and dinner
6pm recital in St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral,  to be given by Daniel Cook,   Master of the Choristers and Organist at Durham Cathedral
7.30pm  drinks at the Scottish Arts Club. 8pm  dinner,  followed by after-dinner speech by Daniel Cook.
Please note that there is now NOT evensong prior to the event on this day.
Contact: John Kitchen;
Saturday 26 March 2.30pm Visit to the Astoria Centre, Corstorphine
Event postponed from January.
Demonstation of the organ and talk by Kevin Grunill.
Saturday 23 April: Newcastle organ tour
8.00 train from Edinburgh (8.30 also possible).  Organs will include St Nicholas Anglican Cathedral (Nicholson organ); St Dominic’s Priory (‘Father’ Willis organ); King’s Hall, Newcastle University (Aubertin organ); St George’s Jesmond  (Lewis organ).
Saturday  21 May at 2pm in St Cecilia’s Hall,  Cowgate
AGM,  followed by harpsichord/organ recital by David Gerrard.
Contact: John Kitchen; 
Virtual Organ Crawl: As we were unable to make any visits  in the syllabus year 2020-21 the Council decided to create a ‘Virtual Organ Crawl’ instead with a series of videos introducing and performing on a number of instruments, particularly those that have not featured in visits by the ESO in recent years. These feature Colinton Parish Church, (Norman & Beard, R&D, FPO, II/25); Merchiston Castle School (Ingram/R&D, III/38); Wellington Church, Glasgow (F&A, R&D, Nicholson, III/44), Marchmont House (III/29), and St Stephen’s Parish Church, Comely Bank, (Binns, II/23).  These videos may be viewed on the Society's YouTube channel.
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