Special musical events

If you are holding a musical event linked to the cathedral and would like us to feature it here, please use the contact page and choose To help publicise a musical event from the drop-down menu.

To enquire about hosting a musical event in keeping with our church mission and historic cathedral setting, please use the contact page and choose To host an event in the Cathedral. Commercial enquiries for events outwith the church mission should be directed to Historic Environment Scotland’s events team.


Echo — vocal ensemble open rehearsal

2:30–4:30pm, Monday 22nd April 2024
free entry

Experience an open rehearsal by professional choir Echo, described as “sublime, spirited… completely assured” (The Arts Desk). Discover one of the UK’s most exciting new groups and the ways they approach text, tuning, blend and meaning, in an intimate rehearsal setting. Free entry, unticketed—drop in as you wish.


Ayr Choral Union on tour

2:30pm, Saturday 27th April 2024
free entry

Ayr Choral Union take a selection of choral favourites on their annual tour to Glasgow Cathedral. Conducted by Andy McTaggart & Eden Devaney, and joined by Andrew Forbes on organ, the choir perform some of their best-loved pieces in this free concert.


Glasgow Bach Cantatas Project

7:00pm, Sunday 28th April 2024
free entry

Glasgow Bach Cantata Project aims to bring the glory of J.S. Bach’s 200+ cantatas to Glasgow under the musical direction of Frikki Walker and Michael Bawtree. Our 12th concert is our first in the mighty Glasgow Cathedral, featuring visiting singers from Eystanljóð choir (Faroe Islands). The conductor is Michael Bawtree, and the opening organ concerto within BWV 146 will be played by cathedral Director of Music, Andrew Forbes. There will be a retiring collection in aid of Glasgow City Mission.

BWV 146  Wir müssen durch viel Trübsal in das Reich Gottes eingehen
BWV 561  Fantasia and Fugue in A minor
BWV 104  Du Hirte Israel, höre

Download the programme here


Gustavsberg Chamber Choir

7:00pm, Friday 10th May 2024
free entry

Swedish songs, sacred and secular, often celebrate nature and in particular spring arriving after a long hard winter; the special light that makes people open up and believe again in a new beginning. This free concert offers a sample of this tradition along with some more traditional sacred pieces.


Justine Watts Celebration

7:00pm, Sunday 12th May 2024
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Join us for a heartfelt celebration concert honouring the legacy of Justine Watts, a renowned orchestral leader and violinist who touched countless lives with her music. As we remember Justine’s remarkable talent and unwavering passion for the arts, we invite you to join us in commemorating her life through an evening of music.

Throughout the concert, talented friends and colleagues will pay homage to Justine’s enduring influence on the classical music community, performing some of her favourite pieces alongside works which she recorded and performed regularly.

As we come together to celebrate Justine’s life, we also aim to make a meaningful impact in the fight against cancer by gathering donations for the Beatson Cancer Unit in Glasgow.


Westminster College Choir

7:00pm, Thursday 16th May 2024
free entry

Directed by Mr. Ryan Keeling, the Westminster Chamber Singers is a 24-member mixed voice choir from Westminster College in Pennsylvania, USA. This elite vocal ensemble is composed of young adult students committed to achieving a professional caliber of choral performance.


Sul Ross University Concert Choir

7:00pm, Sunday 19th May 2024
free entry

The Concert Choir of Sul Ross State University (Texas, USA) tour Scotland, presenting a concert of music from Texas, Mexico and Americana folk music. Student solos will also be a feature of the programme. The choir is under the direction of Dr. Andrew Alegria, director of choral activities and vocal studies at SRSU.


Kali Malone | Glasgow International

9:00pm, Friday 21st June 2024
FULLY BOOKED

this is a free event, and further spaces may become available.
Please join the waitlist for updates.

Developed by Glasgow-based curatorial project Cento, this site-specific performance by composer and sound artist Kali Malone takes place in Glasgow’s 12th century cathedral. Kali will play selected compositions from her acclaimed albums All Life Long, 2024 and The Sacrificial Code, 2019, adapted for the cathedral’s organ, built by Henry Willis in 1879. The performance includes additional accompaniment by musician Stephen O’Malley on several four-handed organ pieces.

Kali composes with clarity and focus, utilising evolving harmonic cycles to draw out latent emotional resonances, generating spaces for contemplation. Her experimental reinterpretations of centuries-old polyphonic compositional methods and historical tuning systems become portals to new ways of perceiving sound and time. Kali’s work animates the body of the church and creates a moment of reflection on the city’s sonic, architectural, and social history.


Minnesota Centre Chorale

1:00pm, Friday 28th June 2024
free entry

Visiting from Minnesota, USA, the Minnesota Center Chorale perform classical, sacred and traditional favourites for mixed choir.
Director: Nicole Mattfeld


An evening with Anna Lapwood

7:30pm, Friday 5th July 2024
SOLD OUT

returned/refunded tickets may become available,
please check the box office for updates

Hailed as “the dream ambassador for classical music” by Gramophone, organist Anna Lapwood is bringing a mix of her favourite traditional classical and contemporary music arranged for organ together in one sublime concert, performing music from composers including:

HANS ZIMMER Interstellar, The Da Vinci Code, Inception

PHILIP GLASS Mad Rush

MENKEN Hunchback of Notre Dame

DEBUSSY Clair de lune

HANIA RANI Glass

OLIVIA BELLI Limina Luminis

Anna is an organist, broadcaster and Director of Music at Pembroke College, Cambridge. A terrific protagonist for her instrument, she is a natural communicator and reaches a huge audience through her concerts and via social media with over 1 million followers across all platforms.


Jonathan Lee: organ concert

1:00pm, Saturday 3rd August 2024
free entry

Following his prizewinning performance at the Northern Ireland International Organ Competition, we are delighted to host Jonathan Lee in an afternoon performance. Jonathan is currently the Senior Organ Scholar at Trinity College Cambridge, and was previously Organ Scholar at Hereford Cathedral. A prize-winner at NIIOC 2023 (3rd prize) and the Brian Runnett Prize Competition 2022 (1st prize), he also holds awards from the Royal College of Organists (Coventry Cathedral Recital Award, Turpin and Durrant Prizes) and the Australian Music Foundation (Nora Goodridge Young Artist Award 2022, Guy Parsons Award, 2023). He was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists in 2022.

The cathedral organ (built in 1879) contains over 3,000 pipes—this free concert is the perfect chance to hear all it can do, with a programme featuring music by Bach, Nadia Boulanger, and Dutch minimalist composer Ad Wammes.

Glasgow Cathedral, St Mungo’s or High
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