Concert Venue and Photography
With the church’s excellent acoustic and beautiful interior, St Bride’s is a popular venue for concerts, recitals and cultural events of various kinds, especially during Glasgow’s West End Festival in June of each year. As well as our magnificent 1865 Hill organ, we have a small chamber organ which sits by the south choir stalls, a Steinway Model D concert grand piano, and a Yamaha rehearsal upright piano in the choir vestry. Our large Crypt downstairs provides ample space for performers to prepare, rehearse, relax and gather before their performance; there is also a baby grand piano. We have a downstairs kitchen, and toilets on both levels (including a disabled toilet downstairs). There is full disabled access to the Crypt from street level, and a stair lift for disabled access to the main church from the side porch. See our Contact Us page for more details about location and access.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to book the church as a concert venue or to use for photography. Forthcoming (and previous) events can also be viewed on our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/stbridesglasgow
Saturday 22nd September 7.30pm
The Spinacino Consort
Annemarie Klein – Recorders; Claire Horacek – Viol
Elizabeth Unsworth Wilson – Mezzo-Soprano; Eric Thomas – Lutes, Director
An evening of 16th century Italian vocal and lute music
Tickets on the door: £10.00
Sunday September 23rd 1.00 – 3.00 pm
The Glasgow Viol Consort
A chance to hear our friends from the Glasgow Viol Consort and to ‘have a go’ as well.
More information to follow
Past Concerts 2017-2018
Thursday 2nd August, 7.30 pm
Organ Recital by Matthias Havinga (Amsterdam)
Music by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (original organ works and transcriptions).
Havinga is Liturgical Organist of the Oude Kerk, Amsterdam, Concert Organist of the Ronde Lutherse Kerk, Amsterdam, Professor of Organ at Amsterdam Conservatory, and an international concert and recording artist. A wonderful opportunity to hear one of Europe’s leading organists.
Admission £6, £5 concessions.
Tuesday 31st July, 7.30pm – Kellie Consort
The Kellie Consort is Scotland’s only pre-professional Baroque Ensemble, dedicated to bringing sumptuous music to audiences across the country.
Programme: J. S. Bach: Cantata 153 Schau, lieber Gott, wie meine Fiend;
H. Purcell: Air and Rondeau from The Fairy Queen;
J. S. Bach: Cantata 199Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut;
H. Purcell: Curtain tune from Timon of Athens;
J. S. Bach: Cantata Jesus nahm zu sich die Zwölfe BWV 22;
Tickets on the door; £10, £8 concessions, £5 Students and under 18’s
Sunday 8th July, 1.00 pm
Organ Recital by Alessandro Bianchi (Cantu, Italy)
World renowned Italian organist plays the restored Hill organ as part of his 2018 recital tour of the UK. The programme includes works by Bach and Guilmant.
Admission by donation.
Thursday 14th June, 7.30 pm – The Choirs of St Mary’s directed by
David Hamilton. Songs of the Sea and Songs of the Fleet
A choral concert by the Choirs of St Mary’s directed by David Hamilton and featuring Stanford’s Songs of the Sea and Songs of the Fleet. Admission £5
Sunday 10th June, 1.00 pm – Glasgow Viol Consort
The Renaissance Fantasia
Following the performance, audience members are invited to participate in or observe a ‘Try a Viol’ session. Tea/Coffee and home-baking will also be available at the interval to help raise additional funds to support Scotland’s first City-wide Youth Viol Summer school.
Adults: £5 and Under 18’s: £3
Friday 8th June, 7.30 pm
The Marian Chamber Players directed by David Hamilton.
A chamber concert given by the Marian Chamber players and featuring Mozart’s Piano String Quartet in G. (K 478) and Beethoven’s Piano & Wind Quintet in Eb (op16).
Directed by David Hamilton. Admission £5
Sunday 3rd June, 1.00 pm
Organ Recital by Mark Browne (St Bride’s)
Our Organist and Choirmaster plays a selection of music by J S Bach. Admission by donation.
Friday 1st June, 8.00 pm – Strathclyde University Chamber Choir
Saints and sinners
Palestrina’s mass ‘Tu es Petrus’ for six-part choir is showcased in Strathclyde Chamber Choir’s celebration of mediaeval and contemporary music inspired by and about saints. The concert also features works by Victoria, Hildegard von Bingen, and the contemporary English and Scottish composers Ivan Moody and Ken Johnston
INAUGURAL ORGAN RECITAL – HENRY FAIRS – SATURDAY APRIL 28TH – 7.30pm
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 henryfairs.com for more information.
The programme will include music by Bach/Dupré, Schumann, Franck, Whitlock, Bairstow, Rachmaninoff, Elgar and Mozart. All welcome!
SCOTTISH INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION WINNER
TO PLAY AT ST BRIDE’S – 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 3rd – Ivan 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 5th –
Prof 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.