Concert at KH: Linarol Consort of Viols with Héloïse Bernard – Saturday 14th May, 7.15pm

Epitaph for a Green Lover: music from the song books of Marguerite of Austria.

Performance by The Linarol Consort of Viols (Alison Kinder, Claire Horacek, Timothy Lin and David Hatcher), with Heloise Bernard, soprano.

Tickets (£12, students £6) from www.ticketsource.co.uk/linarolconsort or on the door.

Soprano Héloïse Bernard joins the Linarol Consort of Viols in a programme of sublime music from the manuscripts of one of the greatest female patrons of the arts: Marguerite of Austria (1480-1530).

The title comes from the remarkable chanson Soubz ce tumbel, with its tragic text by Marguerite’s court poet, Jean Lemaire, taken from his Epitaphe de l’Amant Vert, in which the Green Lover refers to Marguerite’s beloved green parrot.

The programme comprises songs and instrumental music, played on copies of viols of the time, from Marguerite’s own collection, which included three books of chansons and an exquisitely decorated book of basse dances.

Folk Music Concert in Aid of Ukraine @ Kelvinside Hillhead: Saturday 5th March, 8pm

We are hosting a folk music concert in the church this Saturday at 8pm in aid of the people of Ukraine.

The concert has been organised by Donald Macleod, former Chair of the Gaelic arts body, An Lochran. The lineup consists of ten different performers including a number of finalists (and two winners) from the Young Traditional Musician of the Year and a BBC Folk Musician of the Year, so it’s sure to be a great night.

Entry is by donation. Maximum capacity 250, on a first come first served basis.
(Masks must be worn)

Christian Aid: The Gathering – Tuesday 22nd February, 11am-12pm

Christian Aid Scotland’s flagship supporter event takes place on Tuesday 22 February (10am-12pm). For the second year in a row ‘The Gathering’ will be an online event open to supporters across the length and breadth of Scotland

Guest speakers this year include two members of Christian Aid’s South Sudan team: Yitna Tekaligne and Mbaraka Fazal.

South Sudan is a country hit hard by climate change, conflict and Covid-19. Extreme flooding has resulted in crops and livestock being destroyed. Seven million people do not have enough to eat. 

The Gathering will look ahead to Christian Aid Week 2022 (15-21 May) which focuses on our partners’ work in Zimbabwe. You’ll hear plenty of inspiring fundraising ideas and have a chance to ask questions. We’ll also bring you an update on the work we’re doing in Afghanistan.

To register to take part in The Gathering please email: edinburgh@christian-aid.org

Changes to Christmas Services 2021 at KH

Sadly, due to the current Covid situation,  we have taken the decision to cancel our Christmas Eve Watchnight Service on 24th December.

In addition, the Sunday morning worship services on 26th December (Boxing Day) and 02 January will now be on Zoom, hosted and led by Steven Owens. Joining details will be circulated nearer the time.

These decisions are in line with the recommendations coming from the Scottish Government and the Church of Scotland.

In the meantime we wish everyone a safe and happy Christmas.

Christmas services and events at Kelvinside Hillhead 2021

UPDATE: 21/12/21 – sadly, in line with recommendations from the Scottish Government and the Church of Scotland, we have had to make the hard decision to cancel our Christmas Eve Watchnight Service. Subsequent services will be held online until otherwise communicated.

Saturday 18th December, 4pm – Cathures Christmas Concert
A short concert of unaccompanied choral music. Works from the 16th to the 21st century including The Coventry Carol, Bethlehem Down (Warlock), A Spotless Rose (Gjeilo), and of course We Wish You a Merry Christmas. Entry by donation at the door.

Sunday 19th December, 11am – A service of Lessons, Carols and Gifts
Once again our gifts are in support of the mothers and children helped by Glasgow Women’s Aid. Suitable gifts for children would be new toys, pyjamas, arts and crafts, sweets. For mums – pyjamas, slippers, gift sets, jewelry, chocolates. Financial gifts are also welcome. Service led by Steven Owens.

Friday 24th December, from 11.30pm – Christmas Eve Watchnight Service [UPDATE 21/12/21 – CANCELLED]
Gather for carols from 11.30pm. Service led by Steven Owens.

Sunday 26th December, 11am – Boxing Day Service
Sunday morning service led by Steven Owens. [UPDATE 21/12/21 – this service will now take place online via Zoom]

Sunday 2nd January, 11am – Sunday morning service
The first service of 2022, led by Steven Owens. [UPDATE 21/12/21 – this service will now take place online via Zoom]

Lucia Ensemble – Sankta Lucia, 10th December 2021 at 7.30pm

Lucia Ensemble warmly invite you to their upcoming concert celebrating the Swedish tradition of Sankta Lucia on the 10th of December, at 19:30 here at Kelvinside Hillhead. Tickets to the concert are free and can be obtained here.

Sankta Lucia is an integral part of Scandinavian Christmas tradition. With the light of candles, Scandinavians celebrate love, compassion and warmth in the cold and harsh winter months. This is traditionally done with a singing procession and a concert of beautiful Scandinavian choral works.

The international ensemble performing on this evening is formed of the talented students of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland directed by Nils Benedikt Meier. Along with the young and lively ‘Lucia Ensemble’ choir, enjoy an interesting mix of musicians from different backgrounds, creating a lovely musical fusion of cultures.

Lucia Ensemble – Awake my heart, 15th November 2021 at 7.30pm

Lucia Ensemble warmly invite you to their upcoming concert Awake, my Heart! on the 15th of November, at 19:30 at the Renfield Centre on Bath Street. Tickets to the concert are free and can be obtained here.

Lucia Ensemble is a young, versatile and student-led chamber choir at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. With singers from 10 different countries, they are looking to develop a flexible repertoire of engaging and international choral music.

With Awake, my Heart!, they will be presenting an exciting mix of compositions from all around the world, featuring Indian poetry, American traditional church hymns and Estonian melodies. The highlights of the evening are the cantata Dein Edles Herz by Dietrich Buxtehude, and Jehan Alain’s Messe Modale en Septour, which feature soloists from their choir and instrumentalists from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Service of Grieving and Gratitude, 31st October St John’s-Renfield Church

All are invited to gather together at St John’s-Renfield Church this Sunday 31st October at 7pm, for the annual Parish Grouping service of Grieving and Gratitude.

The service will be co-led by Rev Catriona Gorton, Minister of Hillhead Baptist Church, and Rev Dr Stewart Gillan of St John’s-Renfield. It will include the opportunity to light candles in memory of loved ones who have died.

Covid-19 safety precautions will be in place.

Open Church, Saturday afternoons 3pm-4pm

Please note the change in time for Open Church on Saturday afternoons now that the nights are drawing in.

We are open for quiet prayer and reflection, with music on the organ, from 3pm until 4pm.

Our Tuesday lunchtime open church sessions have now finished for the winter.

You are sure to find a warm welcome on Saturday afternoons, and at our regular 11am Sunday morning worship – hope to see you soon.