Concerts in St Bride’s 2017-2018

September saw the start of another series of Sunday Lunchtime Concerts in St. Bride’s Church. As before, these will be held at 1.00 pm. on the first Sunday of each month.
Tea, Coffee and biscuits will be available, and the church is open from 12.30 pm.

These concerts were begun to raise funds for the restoration of our historic Hill organ, and we are pleased to be able to say that at this stage, we are quietly confident we will reach our target of the £150,000 needed to complete the work.

Fund-raising for the project continues, of course, until we reach our target. Thereafter the concerts will continue as a feature of the musical life of St. Bride’s, and to help maintain the organ and support the work of the church financially.

Following our organ recital last June by Dr. George McPhee, Patron of the Restoration Appeal, the organ was taken to Harrison & Harrison in Durham.  Following extensive re-furbishment the organ has been returned to St Bride’s and re-installation is now complete.  To celebrate this, we are thrilled to welcome international recitalist Henry Fairs, to play for the inaugural recital on Saturday April 28th.




The culmination of many years of planning, fundraising and hard work, this will be a great evening to celebrate the return of our wonderful 1865 Hill organ, following complete restoration by Harrison & Harrison Ltd. There will be an informal wine reception following the concert, all welcome. Admission FREE, with donations to the St Bride’s Organ Restoration Fund gratefully received.

St Bride’s is very excited to welcome Henry Fairs, international recitalist and Associate Head of Organ Studies at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire to give the opening recital. Henry is also Organist to the University of Birmingham and Visiting Professor of Organ at St Andrews University. He has won ten prizes in international organ competitions, including the Prix Maurice Duruflé, Chartres, Concerto Gold Medal, Paris and First Prize & Special Prize, Odense. Henry has appeared in festivals throughout Europe, and in North America, Canada, Russia and Japan, performing solo recitals, broadcasts and concertos on both historic and modern instruments. He is regularly invited to serve as a competition jury member, examiner, guest tutor and speaker. See for more information.

The programme will include music by Bach/Dupré, Schumann, Franck, Whitlock, Bairstow, Rachmaninoff, Elgar and Mozart. All welcome!

Sunday 3rd June, 1.00 pm – Organ Recital by Mark Browne (St Bride’s)
Our Organist and Choirmaster plays a joyful selection of music by Bach, Pachelbel, Haydn, Hollins and Widor on the restored Hill organ. Admission by donation.

Sunday 10th June, 1.00 pm – Glasgow Viol Consort
The programme will feature instrumental works performed by Scotland’s first amateur society of viol players. Audience members are invited to participate in or observe a “Try a Viol” session after the performance! Admission by donation.

Sunday 8th July, 1.00 pm – Organ Recital by Alessandro Bianchi (Cantu, Italy)
World renowned Italian organist Alessandro Bianchi plays the restored Hill organ as part of his 2018 recital tour of the UK.  Admission by donation.

Past Concerts 2017-2018

SATURDAY 17th MARCH 5.00pm – 6.00pm

Can Çakmur, the winner of last year’s Scottish International Piano Competition, is returning to Glasgow after his London Recitals to meet us once again. He and his parents found Glasgow warm and welcoming. He has generously offered to play for us with a recital on  Saturday 17 March from 5.00 p.m. until 6.00 p.m. in St Bride’s
This recital is free and all are welcome.
Do tell all your friends and bring them along to hear him.

### February 11th – Australian pianist Daniel Herscovitch ###

Bach’s ‘The Art of Fugue’. A rare opportunity to hear a complete performance of Bach’s contrapuntal masterpiece, in the beautiful acoustic of St Bride’s. Daniel Herscovitch is Associate Professor of Piano at The University of Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Australia, where he has also lectured for many years in chamber music and piano pedagogy. Daniel has appeared at several festivals in the USA, Europe, Australia and Asia, and made numerous recordings of repertoire from the 17th to the 21st century. His current tour is taking him to Hong Kong, the UK, Norway and Germany.

Admission FREE, donations to the St Bride’s Organ Restoration Fund warmly welcomed. Light refreshments served. All welcome!

January – No Concert

December 3rdIvan Penev – Piano recital
Bulgarian pianist Ivan Penev gives a concert at St Bride’s in support of our Organ Restoration Fund, in a programme devoted to the legendary Hungarian pianist and composer Franz Liszt. We are very grateful to Ivan for giving his time and talents for this cause, and we look forward to what promises to be a fabulous hour of Romantic music at its finest. Admission FREE, retiring collection for the St Bride’s Organ Restoration Fund (Gift Aid envelopes available). Light refreshments will be served.

November 5thProf Graham Hair with ‘Scottish Voices’ – more details to follow

It is with great regret that we have had to cancel this concert due to unforeseen circumstances.

October 1st – Scottish Clarinet Quartet with Scott Lygate (contrabass clarinet) and Beth Taylor (mezzo-soprano). Harmony Clarinet 2. In this second of an occasional series of concerts featuring unusual members of the clarinet family, the Scottish Clarinet Quartet is joined by Scott Lygate on the Contrabass clarinet (a seriously impressive instrument at nearly nine feet long) to perform music by Glasgow-based composer Graham Hair. Guest mezzo-soprano Beth Taylor is accompanied by a trio of clarinets (ranging in size from sopranino to bass) to sing rarely-performed songs by Stravinsky and Dallapiccola, and the programme is rounded out with the group’s transcriptions of JS Bach’s Nun Komm der Heiden Heiland and sections from William Byrd’s Mass for Five Voices. A great opportunity to enjoy some remarkable chamber music in the beautiful acoustic of St Bride’s Episcopal Church.

September 3rd – The Rhona MacKay Trio presents a concert of gems from the traditional folk and romantic classical repertoire in aid of the Organ Fund. Rhona was principal harpist with RSNO and her Highland background informs her approach to Scottish music. Cellist Laura Durrant has toured extensively with Celtic Thunder and is an RCS graduate. Flautist Eddie McGuire is well known as a composer and has arranged many of the pieces for the trio. They have played together on several National Trust for Scotland cruises.