Director of Music



Andrew Forbes

Director of Music

Andrew Forbes is a prize-winning young organist and harpsichordist. Andrew holds an MMus (Distinction) from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland & Glasgow University, and currently studies with Dame Gillian Weir, supported by an award from the Hope Scott Trust. Appointed as Director of Music at Glasgow Cathedral aged 21, Andrew is a First Prize winner of the Northern Ireland International Organ Competition, and was awarded the RCS Prize for Early Music. Andrew is an Associate of the Royal College of Organists, and the Organ Lecturer for RCS Junior Conservatoire.

Andrew’s growing international reputation has seen him perform throughout Europe, most recently in a solo recital of Messiaen and Arvo Pärt at the Philharmonie de Paris, as part of the Nuit Blanche festival. Previous 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 – in a rather different vein – David Bowie’s final album, Blackstar, in Saint-Denis Basilica (Paris) with Berlin-based contemporary chamber ensemble Stargaze.

Andrew is originally from Perth, has a BEng (Hons) in Naval Architecture, and previously held posts at St Mary’s Cathedral (Edinburgh), Glasgow University Chapel and St John’s Kirk (Perth). Alongside his busy performing career, Andrew dedicates time to promoting organ education, carrying out voluntary work as a trustee of Glasgow Society of Organists and as Organ Adviser to Scotland’s Churches Trust. In any remaining free time, Andrew is a keen cyclist, sailor, and lover of food and drink.

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