Although there has certainly been music in some form on the site of Glasgow Cathedral since the days of St Mungo in the 7th Century as people have worshipped on this site for well over a thousand years, Glasgow Cathedral in its current form was completed in the 12th century. As the political and religious landscape has changed over the years, so has the music. Beginning with the early Catholic monastic chants and through early polyphony, at the reformation and the birth of the Church of Scotland music followed the liturgy away from Latin texts and into the vernacular.
Glasgow Cathedral Choir is currently a professional 14 voice ensemble singing the regular service at the Cathedral. In addition to this they perform at many special services including weddings, funerals and other special events. The most recent of these were the visit of HM Queen Elizabeth II on her Diamond Jubilee, the Commonwealth Games service and the service to commemorate the beginning of the First World War, broadcast live by BBC Television.
Of course the focus of the year is always on the Church’s calendar, which begins with the annual service for Advent. This is traditionally one of the most evocative services in the year, as it begins our liturgical journey for the year.
The first of the choir’s commercial recordings, ‘Christmas from Glasgow Cathedral’ is available through the website.