Director of Music


Andrew Forbes, Director of Music at Glasgow Cathedral, is an innovative Scottish organist whose dynamic style of playing creates ‘a symbiosis between artist and instrument’ (The Montrealer). Appointed at Glasgow Cathedral aged 21, he is a First Prize winner of the Northern Ireland International Organ Competition, a shortlisted finalist at St Albans International Organ Competition, an Associate of the Royal College of Organists, and winner of the RCS Prize for Early Music.

A versatile artist, Andrew was hailed by The Scotsman for his ability to transform the organ into ‘the most sublime of musical conduits’. Whilst his programmes often celebrate well-known masterpieces, his insight and imagination also allow him to explore new possibilities for the instrument—particularly in his frequent collaborations with experimental composers, including Edwin Hillier and Jonathan Cole. A growing international reputation sees Andrew performing throughout Europe, with solo appearances at the Philharmonie de Paris, Šv Matu International Organ Festival (Lithuania), St Paul’s Cathedral (London) and Westminster Abbey.

Andrew teaches organ and historical keyboards for Glasgow University and RCS Junior Conservatoire, and is a regular faculty member at St Andrews Organ Week. He is a trustee of the Glasgow Society of Organists and Organ Adviser to Scotland’s Churches Trust.

Originally from Perth, Andrew studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Glasgow University, and now learns with Dame Gillian Weir, supported by awards from the Hope Scott Trust and the McGlashan Charitable Trust. He enjoys spending any free time outdoors, and is a great lover of food and drink.

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