Andrew Forbes


Andrew ForbesWinner of the 2014 Northern Ireland International Organ Competition, Andrew Forbes was appointed as the Director of Music of Glasgow Cathedral in October 2014, where he directs the professional choir and leads the Cathedral’s diverse program of music. Andrew is reading for a Masters Degree in Naval Architecture and High Performance Marine Vehicles at the University of Strathclyde, with previous posts including the organ scholarships of Glasgow University and St. Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh.

In demand as a soloist and accompanist throughout the country, Andrew has given recitals at St. Patrick’s Cathedral (Armagh), Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, St. John’s Kirk (Perth), The Caird Hall, St Salvator's Chapel (St. Andrews), De Krijtberg Kerke (Amsterdam), and in 2012 Andrew made his Proms début to a full house, playing the grand organ of the Royal Albert Hall with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and NYOS for a performance of Respighi’s Pines of Rome, under the baton of Donald Runnicles. In 2013, Andrew won a bursary to study with Nigel Allcoat and Prof. Hans Fagius at the International Organ Conservatoire in St. Antoine l'Abbaye, France, where he focussed on French Classical repertoire and the Stylus Phantasticus. Andrew has toured Holland with Glasgow University Chapel Choir, and was organist for the world premier recording of Chris Hutchings' Requiem, to be released soon on the Amemptos Music label.

As a pianist, Andrew has worked with the Dunedin Consort, NYOS, NYOS Futures, and as concerto soloist for performances of Rhapsody in Blue and Shostakovich’s 2nd Piano Concerto. Andrew is also an active continuo player, working with many aspiring young professionals. Recent performances include a series of Bach Motets, Buxtehude's Membra Jesu Nostri and Händel's Acis and Galatea.

Future engagements include recitals at Westminster Abbey, Worcester Cathedral, Christchurch Cathedral (Dublin) and St. Anne’s Cathedral (Belfast).