Organist Recognized by Scottish Parliament for 60 Years of Service

A Fife Christian organist has been recognized in the Scottish Parliament for his 60 years of playing service in the church.

Cross-party MSPs praised Ian Ogilvie of Linktown in Kirkcaldy and thanked him for his years of serving the church through musical contributions.

After a decade of playing the piano, Mr. Ogilvie, a former accountant began studying the organ at Dunfermline Abbey in 1963 when he was 17 years old.

Mr. Ogilvie served at four other churches as an organist and choirmaster before taking up his present position at Linktown Church.

In addition to playing the organ during worship services, weddings, and funerals, his musical accomplishments have also included playing the organ at the Blackpool Tower Ballroom and appearing on BBC radio.

Stewart Milne, the session clerk at Linktown Church, told the Church of Scotland that the congregation is very proud of their music maestro and his Scottish Parliament recognition is “well deserved”.

“I have known Ian for a long time and music has been his life even though it was not his profession,” he added.

“He just loves music and is an extremely pleasant guy who is very popular. He will fall into anything we want and do whatever he can to help out.

“Even though Ian enjoys playing the organ so much, it is quite a commitment to be involved in the church every Sunday morning on top of all the other things he does.”

Speaking to the church of his recognition, the retired accountant said he is “very honored to receive this recognition.” “I enjoy playing the organ and leading the singing and other musical activities in the church,” he added.

In addition to playing the organ, Mr. Ogilvie also runs the Linktown Church webpage. He has been married for 52 years and he and his wife have two daughters, two sons-in-law, and two grandsons.
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