Cathedral Festival 2017

For fourteen days this October, the Cathedral plays host to a multi-art festival incorporating performances, talks and tours over the course of twenty-five events, many of which are free to attend. Performers are among the very best Scotland has to offer, including Liz Lochhead, Scottish Ensemble and Dunedin Consort – whilst the centerpiece of the festival is the first major retrospective into the work of Malcolm Lochhead; world-renowned textile artist and designer. The fifty works on display include banners created for Bothwell Collegiate Church and six chairs from a set for the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in the Assembly Halls, Edinburgh.

Organised by the Society of Friends of Glasgow Cathedral, this year’s festival showcases rising stars and emerging talent with lunchtime performances by chamber groups from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and a performance of Rossini’s L’occasione fa il ladro by exciting young opera company Raucous Rossini. Bach expert David Watkin brings the festival to a close conducting a selection of Bach Cantatas performed by RCS Chamber Orchestra and Glasgow Cathedral Choir. Other events include a screening of Carl Dreyer’s striking ‘The Passion of Joan of Arc’ with original score by Irish composer Irene Buckley performed live, and former National Poet of Scotland Liz Lochhead performing poems and monologues accompanied by the soulful saxophone playing of Steve Kettley at Drygate Brewery.

View more info below in our brochure, and book tickets by clicking the button. Students go free to all events.


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