Director of Music



Andrew Forbes

Director of Music


Andrew Forbes was appointed as the Director of Music of Glasgow Cathedral in 2014, where he directs the professional choir, and leads the Cathedral’s diverse program of music, including the artistic direction of the 2016 Festival of Music. Previous posts include the organ scholarships of Glasgow University and St. Mary’s Cathedral (Edinburgh). Andrew is reading for an MMus in Historically Informed Performance Practice, jointly at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Glasgow University, and is an Associate of the Royal College of Organists.

In demand throughout Europe, Andrew has given solo recitals at Westminster Abbey (London), Trinity College (Cambridge), Caird Hall (Dundee), Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum (Glasgow), St. Patrick’s Cathedral (Armagh), St Salvator’s Chapel (St Andrews), St Antoine Abbey (Isère) and De Krijtberg Kerke (Amsterdam). He is an active ensemble player, with recent work including James MacMillan’s Cantos Sagrados (SCO Chorus, Gregory Batsleer), Bach’s St Matthew Passion (Dunedin Consort, John Butt) and St John Passion (RCS, John Butt), and concerto solos for Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and Shostakovich’s 2nd Piano Concerto. Andrew has just returned from a residency in Tuscany with West End Baroque, performing 17th century works from Scotland, France and Italy.

Andrew won First Prize at the 2014 Northern Ireland International Organ Competition and, besides performing as an organist, harpsichordist and conductor, is a trustee of the Glasgow Society of Organists, lover of food and drink, and has a house rabbit called Lily. Future engagements include solo recitals in France and London, and recordings in St. Peter’s Cathedral (Belfast) and Glasgow Cathedral.

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