With its 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 new 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.
Concert Venue and Photography
Please contact Mrs Alison Gifford via 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
** SEE BELOW FOR RECENT AND UPCOMING EVENTS **
** CELEBRITY ORGAN RECITAL **
Saturday 24 June 2017 at 7.30 pm
Dr George McPhee MBE
(Director of Music, Paisley Abbey and Honorary Patron of the St Bride’s Organ Restoration Appeal)
Music by Wesley, Frescobaldi, Franck, Bach, Howells, Cameron, Maxwell Geddes and Smart.
Admission: £10 (under-16s free), incl. programme.
All proceeds go to Organ Restoration Fund.
WEST END FESTIVAL 2017 – EVENTS @ ST BRIDE’S
Friday 2 June, 8.00 pm – Strathclyde University Chamber Choir
Bach, balletti and Britten – Under their Music Director Alan Tavener, SUCC presents music inspired by the dance, including J.S. Bach’s Singet dem Herrn BWV 225, Benjamin Britten’s Choral Dances from Gloriana and the Scottish premiere of ‘Dancing Star’, composed by Toby Young (and commissioned on behalf of the choir). The programme will also feature a selection of lively Renaissance choral dances by Thomas Morley, Giovanni Castoldi and Hans Leo Hassler. Tickets £9/£6 Students and Unemployed.
Saturday 3 June, 7.30 pm – Clouds Harp Quartet
We welcome this exciting young ensemble to St Bride’s for the first time. Come and enjoy classical music that is accessibly contemporary in style, mixed with folk influences. Tickets £10/£8 at the door. Clouds Harp Quartet website
Sunday 4 June, 10.30 am – Choral Eucharist for the Feast of Pentecost
If you have not been to one of our services, we would love you to join us! Take time out from the rush of the Festival, enjoy the stillness, explore the spiritual life through hymns, prayers, readings and music. Coffee and chat afterwards. Today we reflect on the Holy Spirit. Free admission, collection during service. All welcome!
Sunday 4 June, 1.00 pm – Organ Recital by Mark Browne
Of Saints and places where they are known – St Bride’s Organist and Choirmaster Mark Browne will perform virtuosic pieces by Langlais, MacMillan, Bingham, J.S. Bach and Leighton. Our historic 1865 Hill organ will be restored this summer and autumn. See the Organ page of our website for full details of the project. Free admission, retiring collection in support of our Organ Restoration Fund.
Sunday 4 June, 4.00 pm – Glasgow Viol Consort
Music from the Time of Shakespeare – The programme will feature instrumental works from the Renaissance period performed by Scotland’s first amateur society of viol players. Clare Brady (mezzo-soprano) will also join the consort to perform pieces for voice and viols, including songs originally heard during Shakespeare’s plays. Audience members are invited to participate in or observe a “Try a Viol” session after the performance! Admission by donation.
Tuesday 6 June, 7.30 pm – Poetry Recital: A Shropshire Lad
A reading of A. E. Housman’s great work, given in its entirety by the Rector of St Bride’s, The Revd Dr Kevin Francis. Free admission, retiring collection for the St Bride’s Organ Restoration Fund.
Saturday 10 June, 7.30 pm – Piano Recital by Viktor Bijelović
Following previous sell-out performances at the West End Festival, internationally acclaimed pianist Viktor Bijelović makes a welcome return to Glasgow. Serbian-born, Viktor has lived in London since 1992 and has won competitions across Europe. Viktor’s engaging personality, poetic interpretation and piano artistry make his concerts a joy. Programme to include works by Debussy, Chopin, Granados and Schubert’s profoundly moving final sonata in B flat major, D960. Tickets £12/£8 available here (Eventbrite) or at the door. Viktor’s website is here.
Sunday 11 June, 10.30 am – Choral Eucharist for Trinity Sunday
Everyone is welcome at all of our services. Come and join us as we reflect on God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Refreshments and fellowship after the service. Free admission, collection during service.
Tuesday 13 June, 7.30 pm – The Choirs of St Mary’s, Hamilton
Cathedral Classics – Under their conductor David Hamilton, the combined choirs of St Mary’s Episcopal Church, Hamilton perform beautiful a cappella works from the Anglican Cathedral repertoire. As well as Stanford’s much loved Three Motets, the programme will include Tudor music, works by Bairstow and Wood, and Faire is the Heaven by William Harris. Tickets £5 at the door.
Thursday 15 June, 7.00 pm – Choral Eucharist for the Feast of Corpus Christi
At this visually striking evening service, we give thanks for the gift of Holy Communion (taking of bread and wine symbolising the Last Supper). The service includes the scattering of rose petals, beautiful music and clouds of incense. Free admission, collection during service. All welcome!
Saturday 17 June, 7.30 pm – Tennessee Youth Chorus
We are delighted to welcome Greeneville High School Choir & Tusculum College Community Chorus from Tennessee, USA. They will sing an a cappella programme of classical and contemporary choral works from both sides of the Atlantic, and from around the world. Featured pieces include madrigals, spirituals, folk songs, Scottish melodies and choral classics. Free admission, retiring collection in support of St Bride’s Church.
Sunday 18 June, 10.30 am – Choral Eucharist, First Sunday after Trinity
Today we give thanks for the gift of the arts and artistic expression. Come and join us for a morning of hymns, prayers, reflections and beautiful music. Coffee and chat afterwards. Free admission, collection during service. All welcome!
Sunday 18 June, 3.30 pm – Choral Evensong and Benediction
The choir of St Bride’s is joined by Glasgow University Chapel Choir for this much loved service of hymns, readings, Psalms, prayers and beautiful musical settings of Scripture. Free admission, all welcome.
Tuesday 20 June, 7.30 pm – Amarone Music
We welcome the professional ensemble Amarone Music, who will give this concert of classical, traditional and modern pieces for flute, violin, guitar and piano. Free admission, retiring collection for the St Bride’s Organ Restoration Fund.
Friday 23 June, 7.00 am – 9.00 pm: Midsummer at St Bride’s
St Bride’s will be open all day for prayer (7.00 am, 5.30 pm and throughout the day), the Eucharist (7.30 am, 1.00 pm, 6.00 pm), for the reading of the gospel of St John (KJV) (2.00 – 4.30 pm), and ending with Sung Compline at 8.30 pm. Open at other times in the day for visiting and for quiet prayer. Free admission, all welcome.
Saturday 24 June, 7.30 pm – CELEBRITY ORGAN RECITAL – Dr George McPhee MBE
The Director of Music of Paisley Abbey and Honorary Patron of the St Bride’s Organ Restoration Appeal gives this special recital in support of the Organ Fund. Our 1865 Hill organ will be removed very soon after this recital, for complete restoration. Music by S.S. Wesley, Frescobaldi, Franck, J.S. Bach, Howells, Cameron, Maxwell Geddes and Smart. Admission: £10 (under-16s free), includes programme. All proceeds go to the Organ Fund.
Sunday 25 June, 10.30 am – Choral Eucharist, Second Sunday after Trinity
This will be the last of our services at which our historic Hill organ will be played, before its removal for restoration over the summer and autumn. Join us as we give thanks and praise to God at the end of the West End Festival 2017. Free admission, collection during service. Everyone is welcome!
BOOK SALE – Saturday 18 March 2017, from 11 am – 2 pm in the Upper Crypt
We have a huge selection of second-hand books, CDs and DVDs – come and browse for that gem you know is always waiting to be discovered! Tea and coffee available. Enter by rear side door on left of church.
St Bride’s Lenten Study Group 2017 – Lectio Divina: The Seven Penitential Psalms
The Study Group meets on Wednesday evenings in Lent (7-8.30 pm) in the Upper Crypt (enter by rear side door down path to left of church) – ALL WELCOME! The seven penitential psalms have formed part of the discipline of the church since the sixth century. They express sorrow for sin and the desire to be made clean. They therefore offer a proper subject for reflection for our Lenten study group.
Wednesday 8 March: Psalms 6 & 32
Wednesday 15 March: Psalm 38
[Wednesday 22 March: Study Group – The Annunciation, led by The Revd Canon Audrey O’Brien Stewart]
Wednesday 29 March: Psalm 51
Wednesday 5 April: Psalm 102
Wednesday 12 April: Psalms 130 & 143
St Bride’s Christmas Bazaar – Saturday 19 November 2016, 2-4 pm in the Upper Crypt.
Come and have a browse, a cup of tea, some home baking and a chat. Various stalls with lots of books, CDs, DVDs and all sorts of items for sale. Tombola with prizes too! Tickets £2 available at the door (rear entrance down the path on left side of church). Proceeds go to church funds. Everyone is welcome!
Choral Concert by Glasgow Chamber Choir – Sunday 4 December 2016, 3 pm
Celebrating the Bard – settings of Shakespeare’s texts by Frank Martin, Cecilia McDowall and Jaakko Mäntyjärvi, alongside music from the Elizabethan era. Tickets £10 (£8 concessions) available at the door or online from http://www.glasgowchamberchoir.org.uk
Concert Series 2016-17 in aid of our Organ Restoration Appeal
Sundays (see dates below) at 1.00 pm in St Bride’s. Programme details to follow. Admission is free, with a retiring collection for the Organ Restoration Fund. Gift Aid envelopes available. CDs, home-made food and craft goods for sale. Light refreshments served (feel free to bring your own lunch), all welcome. All proceeds go to the Organ Restoration Fund.
2 October 2016 – Christopher Nickol (from New Kilpatrick Church, Bearsden), organ
Music by D. Buck, S. Wesley, Franck, J.S. Bach, Rheinberger and Mendelssohn.
30 October 2016 – Dr Stuart Campbell (St Bride’s), organ
Kyrie and Gloria preludes from Part III of J.S. Bach’s Clavier-Übung, using the Hill organ and the Johnson chamber organ.
6 November 2016 – Scottish Clarinet Quartet with Annini Tsiouti, piano
Music by Mendelssohn, Graham Hair (UK premiere), Matt Rogers and William Byrd.
4 December 2016 – Alasdair Young, piano
Music by Schubert and Liszt.
11 December 2016 – Jessica Eccleston, mezzo soprano
Music by Handel, R. Strauss, Fauré, Massenet, J.S. Bach, Mozart and Rossini.
5 February 2017 – David Hamilton (from St Mary’s Episcopal Church, Hamilton, Organist to the University of Strathclyde and Professor of Organ at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland), organ
Music by Mendelssohn, J.S. Bach and Stanford.
26 February 2017 – Rebecca & Alan Tavener, soprano/organ
Chorale Preludes by J.S. Bach interleaved with works for solo soprano by Hildegard von Bingen, Gavin Bryars, Sheena Phillips, Naji Hakim and James MacMillan.
5 March 2017 – Kevin Duggan (Director of Music, Dunblane Cathedral), organ
Music by Jeppesen, Sæverud, Madsen, Langgaard, Larsen, Duggan and Holst.
12 March 2017 – Sarah Harrington & Stephen Adam (Orchestra of Scottish Opera), cello/piano. Rachmaninoff’s sonata for cello and piano.
26 March 2017 – Tiffany Vong (Organ Scholar, University of Glasgow), organ
Music by J.S. Bach, Howells and Schumann.
2 April 2017 – Duncan Baddon & Mark Browne (St Bride’s), baritone/organ
Stanford’s Six Bible Songs and Fantasia & Toccata in D minor.
7 May 2017 – Christopher Bragg (University of St Andrews), organ
Music by Clara Schumann, Franck, J.S. Bach and Brahms.
4 June 2017 – Mark Browne (St Bride’s), organ
“Of Saints and places where they are known” Music by Langlais, MacMillan, Bingham, J.S. Bach and Alain.
** CELEBRITY ORGAN RECITAL **
Saturday 24 June 2017 at 7.30 pm
Dr George McPhee MBE (Director of Music, Paisley Abbey and Honorary Patron of the St Bride’s Organ Restoration Appeal)
Music by Wesley, Frescobaldi, Franck, Bach, Howells, Cameron, Ireland and Smart.
Admission: £10 (under-16s free), includes glass of wine. All proceeds go to Organ Fund.
St Bride’s Study Group 2016-17: The ‘other’ Feasts of the Church
The Study Group meets on the evening of the fourth Wednesday of the month, from 7.00 to 8.00 pm in the Upper Crypt of St Bride’s. The evening concludes with Sung Compline (Plainsong setting) sung from the choir stalls in church.
28 September 2016 – Michael and All Angels: Dr John Davies
26 October 2016 – All Souls: The Rector
23 November 2016 – Christ the King: Lee Johnston
28 December 2016 – no meeting
25 January 2017 – Candlemas: Bishop Gregor
22 February 2017 – Patron Saints: Dr Alan Macquarrie
22 March 2017 – The Annunciation: Revd Canon Audrey O’Brien Stewart
26 April 2017 – The Ascension: Revd Kenneth Roach
24 May 2017 – Corpus Christi: Dr John Davies
The Calendar and Lectionary of the Scottish Episcopal Church (based on the Revised Common Lectionary) follows practice across much of the Anglican Communion in identifying feasts which are not always seen as central to the life of the church. We thought it would be helpful to look at some of these feasts and explore questions of history and liturgy, theology and discipleship. Do join us! Everyone is welcome.
Saturday 23 July 2016, 7.30 pm – Dido and Aeneas by Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
Kellie Consort, Scotland’s Pre-Professional Baroque Ensemble directed by Tom Wilkinson, will give a concert performance of Purcell’s much-loved operatic masterpiece. The programme will also include Purcell’s Pavane and Chaconne in G minor, and Pelham Humfrey’s Symphonies from ‘O Lord, my God’. Tickets at the door: £12 / £10 concessions / £5 students and under-18s.
West End Festival 2016 – events @ St Bride’s
Friday 3 June, 8 pm – Choral Concert
Sounds of Shakespeare – Strathclyde University Chamber Choir in settings of the Bard. Music by Vaughan Williams, McCunn, Rutter, Tavener, Tallis, Byrd, Philips and Weelkes. Tickets £9/£5 at the door.
Sunday 5 June, 1 pm – Organ Concert
Our Organist & Choirmaster Mark Browne gives the final organ recital in the current series to raise funds for our Organ Restoration Project. Music by J.S. Bach, Buxtehude, Messiaen, Maxwell Davies and Duruflé. Free admission, retiring collection for the Organ Fund.
Tuesday 14 June, 7.30 pm – Choral Concert
English Choral Treasures – the Choirs of St Mary the Virgin Episcopal Church, Hamilton give a centenary performance of Holst’s Six Folksongs, and a rare performance of some of Peter Warlock’s choral arrangements (with baritone Jonathan Kennedy). A selection of Tudor anthems will complete the programme. Tickets £5 at the door. Click HERE to view a YouTube clip of the Warlock pieces, and HERE for a clip of the Holst pieces. Reproduced with permission.
Sunday 19 June, 3.30 pm – Joint Choral Evensong & Benediction
The choir of St Bride’s is joined by the choir of St James’s Church, Paisley for a combined service of readings, Psalms, prayers, reflection and sublime music by Rose, Blair and Bairstow. Free, all welcome.
Sunday 19 June, 7 pm – Piano and violin recital by Tom Poster and Elena Urioste
Tom Poster won the 2007 Scottish International Piano Competition, and returns to Glasgow to perform a duo recital for SIPC Patrons and Friends. Elena was recently selected as a BBC New Generation Artist, having completed her violin studies at The Julliard School. Programme to include music by Schubert, Prokofiev, Fauré and various song transcriptions. Tickets: SIPC Patrons & Friends £8, others £12, school age children free. Tickets available from email@example.com or 0141 339 8052, or at the door on the night. Light refreshments available from 6.30 pm. This concert is not an official West End Festival event.
Friday 24 June, 7.30 am to 9 pm – Midsummer Day of Prayer and Worship
St Bride’s will be open all day, to welcome everyone to join us for some simple, quiet time of prayer, readings, reflection and worship. The day will end with a sung service of Compline. Free, all welcome.
Saturday 25 June, 7.30 pm – Choral Concert
Cunninghame Choir presents Bob Chilcott’s ‘A Little Jazz Mass’, along with music by the Beach Boys and Dave Brubeck. Tickets £8/£6 at the door.
Study Group: Music in the Liturgy
Wednesday 27 April 2016 at 7.00 pm in the Upper Crypt
‘The role and place of the Propers in our Liturgy’
Dr John Davies will make the next contribution to this fascinating and greatly enjoyable series. The Propers, taken from the English Gradual, are the beautiful texts from Scripture sung to ancient plainsong at St Bride’s every Sunday morning (see image below for an example). Do come along to find out more about this much loved part of the musical life of our church. Everyone is welcome!
DAFFODIL TEA in the Crypt – Saturday 19 March 2016, 2.00 to 4.00 pm
Everyone is welcome at this annual event, where there will be stalls selling second-hand books, quality bric-a-brac, jewellery, artwork and home baking. There will also be a tombola with great prizes to be won! Tickets (£2, including refreshments) are available in advance from Mary Sillitto in church, or at the door. Come along and say hello to the St Briders as we enter spring, and have a lovely afternoon out. All proceeds go towards church funds.
NEXT MONTHLY STUDY GROUP
Wednesday 24 February 2016, 7-8.30pm in the Crypt
An introduction to the music of Russian Orthodoxy with recorded illustrations – Dr Stuart Campbell
Our Assistant Organist and Choirmaster, Dr Stuart Campbell, will continue our series of reflections on Music and Liturgy by sharing his extensive knowledge and experience in the field of Russian music. Stuart studied Russian and Music at Edinburgh University, and has gone on to become a specialist writer, musician, teacher and academic, combining these two passions. He is also co-musical director of the Glasgow-based chamber choir Russkaya Cappella, one of very few UK choirs specialising in Russian music. Everyone is welcome at what will no doubt be a fascinating evening.
ORGAN RECITALS 2015-16 to raise funds for our Organ Restoration Project
(click on images below to enlarge)
First Sunday of every month at 1 pm
4 October 2015: Mark Browne (St Bride’s)
César Franck – Trois Pieces
1 November 2015: Adam Wilson (University of Glasgow)
Works by Leighton, Buxtehude, Widor, JS Bach, Kinloch, Barber & Tournemire
6 December 2015: Peter Christie (Glasgow)
Works by JS Bach, Howells, Buxtehude, Demessieux & Karg-Elert
3 January 2016: Mark Browne (St Bride’s)
Works by Dubois, Buxtehude, JS Bach & Messiaen
7 February 2016: Andrew Forbes (Glasgow Cathedral)
Works by Clérambault, Dupré & JS Bach
6 March 2016: Mark Browne (St Bride’s)
Music inspired by Psalm 130 (“Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord”)
3 April 2016: David Spottiswoode (St Ninian’s, Pollokshields)
Works by JS Bach, Gibbons, Langlais, Hurford & Vierne
1 May 2016: Christopher Bragg (University of St Andrews)
Works by JS Bach, Gabriel Fauré & Niels Gade
5 June 2016: Mark Browne (St Bride’s)
Works by JS Bach, Buxtehude, Maxwell Davies, Messiaen & Duruflé
PIANO RECITAL in aid of St Bride’s Organ Restoration Fund
Saturday 23 January 2016 at 7.30 pm
The renowned Glasgow-based concert pianist Gusztav Fenyo has very kindly offered to give a recital to help raise money for our Organ Restoration Fund. This will take place at the home of Sylvia and Henry Russell from St Bride’s congregation. The programme will include works by Beethoven, Bartok, Debussy and Chopin, and refreshments will be provided by Sylvia and Henry. The intimate setting for the recital means that places are limited, so if you wish to attend, do put your name on the list at the back of the church as soon as possible. Suggested minimum donation of £20/25. All proceeds will go to the Organ Fund, and Gift Aid envelopes will be available.
Postscript: The recital was a resounding success, and £1246.25 (incl. Gift Aid) was raised for the Organ Fund. Many thanks to Sylvia, Henry, Gusztav and everyone who supported the event for this tremendous contribution to the organ restoration.
MONTHLY STUDY GROUP
Wednesday 27 January 2016, 7-8.30 pm in the Upper Crypt meeting room
Music and Liturgy: Duncan Baddon on Evensong
Since music plays an integral part in our liturgy, we will be exploring some aspects of music and liturgy over the next few months. At the first study group, one of our Choral Scholars, Duncan Baddon, will be offering his thoughts on music and Evensong – Choral Evensong being one of the great glories of the Anglican Communion. Duncan is in training to teach music, so is ideally placed to begin our reflections. Do come along to what should prove to be a fascinating and enjoyable evening! As ever, all are welcome.
Postscript: Duncan gave an extremely interesting talk, using music extracts to demonstrate the various developing compositional styles through the ages, explaining how and why they changed. Lively discussion followed, and the evening concluded with a short, simple service of Compline.