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Andrew Forbes is the Director of Music of Glasgow Cathedral, and winner of the 2014 Northern Ireland International Organ Competition.

Andrew Forbes was brought up in Perth, won First Prize at the 2014 Northern Ireland International Organ Competition, and is an Associate of the Royal College of Organists. Andrew has an MMus (with Distinction) in Historically Informed Performance Practice from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Glasgow University, during which he won the Conservatoire’s Prize for Early Music. Tutors included Prof. John Butt (musicology) and Jan Waterfield (harpsichord), and he 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). Andrew is the Organ Lecturer for RCS Junior Conservatoire, was Assistant Course Director for the 2018 St Andrews Organ Week, and has been invited to give a recital and masterclass in 2019 at Aberdeen University on the renowned 2004 Aubertin organ of King’s College Chapel. In demand as a soloist throughout Europe, Andrew has given recitals at 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) and Szegedi Dóm (Hungary). Recent ensemble performances include James MacMillan Cantos Sagrados (SCO Chorus, Gregory Batsleer), 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 a performance of David Bowie’s final album, Blackstar, in Saint-Denis Basilica (Paris) with Berlin-based contemporary chamber ensemble  s t a r g a z e.  Andrew 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 attracted over 6,000 visitors in its first two years. 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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Classical, Early music, Baroque, Contemporary classical, Christmas, Traditional church music, Electronic, Avant garde, Experimental
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Organ, Harpsichord, Piano, Chamber Organ, Conductor
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