Director of Music



Andrew Forbes

Director of Music


Andrew Forbes grew up in Perth, won First Prize at the Northern Ireland International Organ Competition, and has an MMus (Distinction) from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland/Glasgow University. Andrew is an Associate of the Royal College of Organists and was awarded the RCS Prize for Early Music. He was appointed Director of Music at Glasgow Cathedral in 2014, and is Artistic Director of the annual Glasgow Cathedral Festival, a new multi-arts festival which has engaged with over 12,000 visitors in its first three years. Andrew is also the Organ Lecturer for RCS Junior Conservatoire and Assistant Course Director for the St Andrews Organ Week.

In October, Andrew will give a solo recital of Messiaen and Arvo Pärt at the Philharmonie de Paris, as part of the Nuit Blanche festival, along with duet performances (including Holst’s The Planets) with James McVinnie. Previous recital venues include Westminster Abbey (London), St Afra Kirche (Berlin), Trinity College (Cambridge), Caird Hall (Dundee), St Antoine Abbey (Isère), De Krijtberg Kerke (Amsterdam), The Swiss Church (London), King’s College Chapel (Aberdeen) and Szegedi Dóm (Hungary). Recent ensemble performances include the UK premiere of Per Nørgård’s 3rd Symphony (BBC SSO, Thomas Dausgaard) at the BBC Proms, Bach St Matthew Passion (Dunedin Consort, John Butt), and David Bowie’s final album, Blackstar, in Saint-Denis Basilica (Paris) with Berlin-based contemporary chamber ensemble ‘stargaze’. 

Teachers have included John Butt (musicology) and Jan Waterfield (harpsichord), and Andrew has learned organ with Eoin Bennet, Chris Bragg, Hans Fagius and William Whitehead. Andrew also holds a BEng (Hons) in Naval Architecture, with previous organ posts including St Mary’s Cathedral (Edinburgh), Glasgow University Chapel and St John’s Kirk (Perth). Besides performing and teaching, Andrew is a trustee of the Glasgow Society of Organists, Organ Adviser to Scotland’s Churches Trust, and a dedicated lover of food and drink. 

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