Special musical events

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The Bruce
by Rakhat-Bi Abdyssagin

A brand-new ‘cathedral opera’ about Robert the Bruce, featuring singers, narrators and conductors from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

7pm, Saturday 17th Feb 2024
free entry (book here)

Welcome to the world premiere performance of Rakhat-Bi Abdyssagin’s The Bruce, an epic cathedral opera about freedom, independence, nobleness, courage and virtue. The libretto is based on eponymous medieval poem (c.1375) by John Barbour in Early Scots. The performance features soloists, chorus and conductors from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, alongside narration and the cathedral’s 1879 pipe organ played by Rakhat-Bi Abdyssagin (the composer).

No need to book—this is a free event, with donations welcomed on the night.

Andrew Bruce (Earl of Elgin & Kincardine KT, 37th Chief of the Name of Bruce) has provided a foreword:

My forbear, the Good King Robert, while a warrior leader, was also a man of learning and culture. We know this because Barbour tells us so. He describes the King as “de bon air” and tells the reader how on the flight west after the battle of Methven, the King calmed his followers by reading them extracts from the Romance of Fierabras, as they waited to be rowed to safety across Loch Lomond.

I am sure that you will enjoy this opera, as it brings alive the great stories told about King Robert. This year marks the 750th anniversary of his birth, and the 100th anniversary of mine. A double reason to celebrate, with music, stories, and good company.

You can reserve your seat on Eventbrite here, and any updates will be posted on Facebook. If you wish to assist with publicity, please download the event poster here.

Russell Watson & Nancy May
with Glasgow Cathedral Choir

7:30pm, Thursday 14th March 2024
book now

Russell Watson’s unique voice has captivated audiences around the world, earning him numerous awards and accolades including four Classical Brit awards. The world-renowned tenor will be performing a special show with classic songs old and new, together with a selection of his most loved hits from his illustrious career. He will be accompanied by his arranger and pianist Mike Moran.

Since being described by the New York Times as a performer “who sings like Pavarotti and entertains the audience like Sinatra” he subsequently released ten studio albums, each one receiving more critical acclaim than the last.

“It has been an honour to perform in some of the UK’s most beautiful cathedrals in 2023” said Russell Watson. “These venues have a special place in the hearts of so many people, and I am honoured to be able to perform in them. I can’t wait to carry on sharing my music with fans old and new in these incredible locations.”

Glasgow Cathedral, St Mungo’s or High
Scottish Charity Number: SC013966