Friday 16th August – Pay what you can piano concert
Seven Stories of his Artistic Journey
John Cairney presents a new suite of seven paintings inspired by the life of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Each work tells the story of a specific period in Mackintosh’s colourful life; from his time as a schoolboy in 1883, through his career as a draughtsman, architect and artist right up to his untimely death in 1930.
Exhibition Runs: 3 June – 28 July 2019 at Mackintosh Queen’s Cross.
John Cairney’s association with Mackintosh began in 1974 when he was invited by R.W.Adams OBE, Managing Director of the A.H.McIntosh Furniture Company, Kircaldy, to prepare a Mackintosh Programme under their auspices. They had decided to promote a line of furniture based on Mackintosh designs and thought that a theatrical presentation of his life and work might prove a valuable marketing assist to this project. As a result, in 1975, Cairney was able to provide a programme entitled, Mackintosh the Man, at a seminar for architects held at Kirkcaldy in December 1975 as part of the International Year of Architecture. This presentation was further developed by Cairney over the following decade, with further performances at all the known Mackintosh sites in Scotland, at the Edinburgh Festival in 1978, at the Lyceum Studio Theatre in 1979 and culminating in a full-cast version for Scottish Television in 1980.
Mackintosh Queen’s Cross: Friday 21 June at 7.30pm
Please join us for an evening of piano music and song exploring various facets of love and loss. Soar to the heavens with Soprano Julia Daramy-Williams as she sings works by Berg, Granat, and Messiaen. Traverse the depths of emotion through pianist and composer Maciej Granat’s interpretation of works by Ravel, Fauré, Debussy. This recital of 20th Century and modern compositions takes advantage of the exquisite acoustics of the elegantly appointed Mackintosh Queen’s Cross.
Tickets can be purchased here.
Mackintosh Queen’s Cross – Friday 28 June 2019
Lids Open Day was born at Glasgow Music’s Festival of ‘ The Piano ‘, in the Grand Hall, City Halls, Candleriggs ~ November 2013. This event offers people the chance to play high quality acoustic pianos ( often in grand places ) irrespective of age or ability. The list of host venues is growing, with City Halls, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, the Mitchell Library & Mackintosh Queens Cross all opening their piano lids to us. Past venues include: St Margaret’s Episcopal Church, Pollok House and the Pearce Institute. So . . . if you know of a great piano out there somewhere in a venue that would be happy to join in ~ please get in touch here. Meantime, you can also listen to Anna Magnusson’s piece for Radio Scotland’s ‘Sunday Morning With . . .’ show, with Rikki Ross that aired on June 18th 2017. Anna joined Alan, Graeme, Grace and all the other players on the day and played a tune herself !
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Mackintosh Queen’s Cross: Sunday 30th June 2019 from 1pm – 4pm
With summer in full bloom, why not come and try your hand at a relaxing Mackintosh themed still life drawing session. Be inspired by the botanical watercolours of Mackintosh & his peers, drawing from a beautiful floral still life arrangement in a stunning Mackintosh venue.
All levels welcome. As the session is limited to 12 people max pre-booking is highly recommended. The cost is £15 per person for the 3 hours session.
Basic Materials* and Tea & Coffee Provided
Mackintosh Queen’s Cross – Saturday 29 June 2019
7.00 p.m. – 10.30 p.m.
Genial buffoonery and immaculate, testosterone drenched vocals define the Spooky Men’s Chorale, a ruthless bunch of larrikins based in the Blue Mountains of Australia. With a sound as warm and grainy as a slab of teak, the Spooky Men give equally loving attention to ancient Georgian table songs, tawdry anthems like Don’t Stand Between a Man and his Tool, and the odd ballad of terrifying beauty.
The repertoire is largely inspired by the pointless grandeur of everyday maleness, in the shower, in the shed and after breakfast. Stage presence is imposing, black and foolishly statuesque, with a cunning taste in hats. Their studied deadpan is no act: like most blokes, they’ve only got the faintest idea of what’s going on…
Here’s a link to the tickets page: https://tickets-scotland.com/spook
Join pianists Thomas Knight and Donal McHugh for an afternoon of solo piano music exploring composers who were based in or had connections with Vienna. Including works by Schubert, Berg and Brahms and set in the beautiful Mackintosh Queen’s Cross. This concert will be a real treat. Part of the West End Festival.
Monday 3 June 2019 at Mackintosh Queen’s Cross
13:00 – 14:00 BST
Mackintosh Queen’s Cross: Thursday 20 June at 6pm
‘A Place for the Work and the Human Being’ runs throughout 2019 and takes place in a range of venues, new and old, around Glasgow. The series explores the needs, expectations and possibilities of the space for art today and speakers include artists, architects, curators and others.
For the fifth event in the series, and as part of Architecture Fringe 2019, we are delighted to present leading architect Jamie Fobert.
Jamie Fobert is a London-based architect and designer, recently announced as winner of the BD Architect of the Year Gold Award 2019. Since establishing Jamie Fobert Architects in 1996, he has consistently produced innovative and inspiring architecture in projects ranging from individual houses to high quality retail and significant public buildings for the arts. During this time, the practice has won a number of major public commissions for cultural organisations including the new Tate St Ives, which opened to great public acclaim in October 2017, extensions to Kettle’s Yard Gallery and Charleston House, both of which opened to the public last year and most recently, The National Portrait Gallery.
Mackintosh Queens Cross is one of Glasgow’s hidden architectural gems. Built in 1898, it is the only church designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
Refreshments will be served after the event.
Tickets can be purchased here.
Hi & there’s more to come in this our anniversary year of the orb.
Mackintosh Queen’s Cross – Friday 26TH April 2019
7.00 p.m. – 10.30 p.m.
Rejoining the orb this summer we have the delightful MR . With deep visuals on films & projectors. Coming to a town near you !
We are going back to our roots & thanking everyone along the way ! Orb fest rocked & thank you for all the support around the globe … from Argentina to Aberdeen!
It’s been a gas ! 30 years !
Wow what a ride // still on the trans lunar injection burn
Happy to welcome Oxford-based pianist & composer Alexander Hawkins for a rare solo outing in the stunning Mackintosh Queen’s Cross.
The Guardian has written that Hawkins’ work sounds like ‘all the future jazz you might imagine without ever being about to conceive of the details’, representing a ‘fundamental reassertion of composition within improvised music’. Alongside his profile as a soloist and bandleader, he can be heard live and on record collaborating with a vast array of crucial figures of all generations, ranging from Evan Parker, John Surman, Wadada Leo Smith, Mulatu Astatke, and Han Bennink, to the likes of Rob Mazurek, Matana Roberts, and Shabaka Hutchings. Particularly notable is his decade-long relationship with the legendary South African drummer Louis Moholo-Moholo.
Saturday 6 April 2019
1:30 pm doors – 2:00 pm start – 3:00 pm finish
Entry £6 Tickets available at