Organ stops at St John's, Greenock

Church organists could become endangered species after tax shake-up, clergy warn

Traditional church organists are becoming an endangered species in some areas after new tax rules heaped extra red tape on small rural parishes, clergy have warned. It follows a major shake-up in employment tax arrangements last year which vicars say has forced them to bring organists in tiny rural churches onto a formal payroll system. […]

Cathedral refuses widow's dying wish over her husband's music

Cathedral refuses widow’s dying wish over her husband’s music

A widow’s dying wish to have her clergyman husband’s music compositions played at her funeral by the musician who helped create the works has been rejected by Scotland’s most historic cathedral for legal reasons. Elsie Houston, a volunteer guide at Glasgow Cathedral for 30 years, had asked for her late husband Reverend Freddie Houston’s music […]

Pastor Jorge Ruiz

Psalm-singing Spanish pastor’s visit to Scotland

Pastor Jorge Ruiz, from Spain, is a minister of the Christian Presbyterian Church, writes Rev William B Scott. His congregation is in two parts, one part in Bilbao on the North Coast, and one part in Miranda de Ebro, some two hours drive inland. He is on a Trinitarian Bible Society committee with other language […]

MpFree: The Scottish rapper with a message for young prisoners

MpFree: The Scottish rapper with a message for young prisoners

Anyone who’s heard Scottish rapper MpFree‘s contribution to “Old Rugged Cross” on Chip Kendall’s ‘Holy Freaks’ album will know that the Glasgow-raised emcee is an exceptional talent, writes Tony Cumming. What they may not know yet though is that a lot of MpFree‘s growing fan base currently resides in prison. The recent release of MpFree‘s […]

Rev Alan Sorensen

Alan Sorensen: from musical troubadour to Church of Scotland minister

Back in 1982, Glasgow-based singer/songwriter Alan Sorensen released what appeared to be his one and only album – the self-effacingly titled ‘Alan Sorensen’s Greatest Hit’ – having built up a strong following with over 1,000 live appearances to his name. With a back catalogue of well-crafted and accessible songs that promoted the Christian faith, coupled […]


Online hymnology dictionary launched

A new web-based resource called “The Canterbury Dictionary of the Hymnology” has been launched, according to a news release from Canterbury Press. It is the first attempt to replace John Julian’s “A Dictionary of Hymnology” (first publishing in 1892) in more than a century. The dictionary is the result of the 12 years’ research by […]

James MacMillan

Composer James MacMillan to revive sacred church chants

One of Scotland’s leading composers is leading a new initiative to revive and promote chant-based worship in the Catholic church in Scotland. James MacMillan, who was commissioned to compose much of the music for the visit of Pope Benedict XVI to the UK in September 2010, has established a new body, Musica Sacra Scotland, which […]

Connected Arts Festival

Connected Arts Festival

There’s a new arts festival coming to East Central Scotland this summer. Connected will be running in Kirkliston Community Church near Edinburgh over two weekends from August 16th to Aug 24th. There will be live music, an Art Exhibition and a chance to engage with some visual artists’ work. The musical line up is packed […]

Solas: organic Scottish festival encourages global heroes

Solas: organic Scottish festival encourages global heroes

In the year that the Greenbelt Festival turns 40, Scotland’s home-grown equivalent emerged last weekend as a flamboyant four-year-old determined to celebrate its cultural, and quite possibly political, independence. A record crowd of about 1000 weekend campers, day-visitors, and contributors braved a typically Celtic mix of sunshine and showers to christen Solas Festival in its […]

Legacy Five

The Revival Festival Of Music: Legacy Five and many more at Scottish festival

Lins Honeyman writes: It has often been said that there is a surprising number of Southern gospel fans in Scotland given the genre’s obvious American roots and this was certainly something that was borne out as folks turned up at the start of May to Perth’s Revival Festival Of Music – a three day event […]

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