A feast of music to celebrate the refurbished organ at Bearsden Cross Church

JBL photo organ recital story
JBL photo organ recital story

MUSIC fans are in for a real treat when the inaugural concert featuring the newly refurbished organ at Bearsden Cross Church takes place later this month.

The organ recital will be performed by James Lancelot, who has been Master of Choristers at Durham Cathedral since 1985.

Mr Lancelot was firstly a chorister in St Paul’s Cathedral, London, and subsequently he was an organ scholar in Kings’ College Cambridge, before he became sub-organist in Winchester Cathedral.

In addition to his current duties in Durham he has a busy programme of recitals at home and abroad.

The organ in Bearsden Cross Church was built in 1906 by T.C. Lewis and Co for Eglinton St UF Church. At that time it represented the best that money could buy.

It became redundant in that location and was installed in the former Bearsden South Church, now Bearsden Cross Church, in 1955, when the church was re-opened following its destruction in the dark days of the blitz of 1941.

Work carried out in 1982 to renovate the organ was, although well intentioned, inadequate and it became clear in the last few years that more drastic work was needed if to give this valuable instrument the stewardship it deserved.

This view was supported by CARTA (the Church of Scotland’s Committee for Art and Architecture) and by independent organ assessors James MacKenzie and Matthew Hynes.

The work was finally carried out by Harrison and Harrison of Durham.

The programme of music on October 27 will include works by JS Bach, Mendlessohn, Sigfird Karg-Elert, Cesar Franck, Louis Verne, CHH Parry, CV Stanford and Max Reger.

Tickets for the recital on Saturday, October 27, at 11am, cost £10. Accompanied children get in for free.

Tickets are available from the church office (open Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 9.30am).

Organist James Lancelot

(Photo courtesy of

Phoenix Photography)