Mackintosh Queen's Cross

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Celebrate Mackintosh with the latest news and events from Mackintosh Queen's Cross.

Visit to 78 Derngate, Northampton

Mackintosh Society London and South East Members visit to 78 Derngate, Northampton.

Saturday 21 October 2023 at 11 am

78 Derngate was re-modelled by Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1916 for his client, Northampton model maker, W. J. Bassett-Lowke.  It is many years since the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society has visited Derngate and a guided tour in October is proposed which can be combined with a visit to the recently refurbished and extended Northampton Museum and Art Gallery which is only 5 minutes’ walk.

We will meet at 11 am at 82 Derngate for coffee and then we will be taken on a guided tour of the house in groups of 12.  If there are more than 12 people, then some of us may be asked to visit the museum and art gallery first.

Trains to Northampton take around an hour from London Euston and Derngate is approximately 15 minutes’ walk from the railway station.  A day trip is possible, but some people may also decide to make a weekend of it.

Tickets cost £11.00 plus booking fee (includes coffee on arrival) and are available from Eventbrite


Members can choose to make their own arrangements or join in a group booking at the Museum and Art Gallery cafe.  If you wish to join the group booking for lunch, please contact by Friday 6 October, to give us time to make arrangements.  Payment for lunch will be made on the day direct to the Museum Café.

Artisan with Hannah Rarity – album launch

Founded in 2009, Artisan as a piano trio, with Aisling O’Dea – violin, Clea Friend – cello, and Simon Smith – piano. The trio performed regularly in their home city of Edinburgh and around Scotland, delivering exciting performances of core piano trio repertoire alongside commissions of new works from Scottish and UK composers. The group has been actively engaged in musical education activities and in developing improved musical access to all areas of the community.

This year Artisan has reincarnated itself as a duo, violin and cello, allowing for more versatility in range of venues, collaborations and combinations of sound and media.

Artisan are launching ‘Almost Unseen’ an exciting new album of music by composer Suzanne Parry.

Mackintosh Queen’s Cross – Saturday 23 September at 19:00 – Tickets £8.00 + booking fee 

Blicher Hemmer Gadd

Mackintosh Queen’s Cross – Friday 1st September at 19:30 & Saturday 2nd September at 19.30

Blicher Hemmer Gadd 2023 Release tour: Award winning saxophonist Michael Blicher, Hammond wizard Dan Hemmer and legendary drummer Steve Gadd joined forces in 2014 to celebrate their shared love for Hammond-organ soul/jazz. The band has now played more than 50 shows throughout the world and released 2 live albums. This band is a unique opportunity to experience the worlds most innovative drummer unfold his talent, playing a kind of music that he is most passionate about. “This is honest Music. No one plays like this anymore.”

Tenille Townes

Mackintosh Queen’s Cross – Saturday 26 August 2023 at 19:00

Canadian-born Townes has the lyrical fortitude of Griffin or Lori McKenna, the soulful nature of Chris Stapleton or even Adele, but Townes is paving ground all her own. Working on her debut LP with Jay Joyce, Townes started her journey to becoming one of Country’s most promising new artists back in rural Canada, in the backseat of a car. Once settled in Nashville, Townes spent her days songwriting and her nights at guitar pulls or at the Bluebird Cafe, studying everything she could. Eventually, she scored a publishing deal with Big Yellow Dog and headed into the studio with Joyce. Together, they tapped into her organic nature and her sheer ability to tell a story and emote it through the visceral range of her vocals – tender, bluesy, wise and full of wonder but never naive.

Troppos – Classical Concert

Friday 30 June 2023 at Mackintosh Queen’s Cross at 7pm Tickets cost £12.00

Troppos is a unique ensemble that approaches traditional latin american and classical music in a different and exciting way. The ensemble is made up of Eddy Betancourt (Violin) Sergio Vega (Oboe) Kerry Lynch (Flute) and Francisco Martinez (Tuba)

In this concert we will bring a variety of pieces originally thought to be danced to, taking you from a Tchaikovsky waltz to a Piazolla tango, all of this especially arranged for this original formation, you can’t miss this!

Zero Waste Scotland – The Gaia Way

The Gaia way – how Glasgow communities are working together to reduce consumption.

Come along to find out how Glasgow is tackling to climate crisis from the grassroots, making reuse, sharing, repairing and sustainable textiles accessible for all, locally.

Panel session hosted by Samantha Moir, Community Support manager, Zero Waste Scotland with:

• Bevan O’Daly, The Fair Fashion Collective

• Emma Erwin, The share and repair network

• Lynne Dent, Merry-go-round Glasgow

• Neil Lovelock, Glasgow EcoTrust

Monday 19 June at 6.00pm – Mackintosh Queen’s Cross – Tickets Free at Eventbrite

Lids Open under Gaia

The next Lids Open Day of 2023 will be a special Lids Open Night at Mackintosh Queens Cross on Wednesday 21st June ~ from 4.30pm till 9pm. This is part of our 50th anniversary programme under ‘Gaia‘ .

We aim to give everyone around 12 minutes playing time, at least, with friends and family always welcome to come and listen too. Please register to attend – including a contact number and a rough time you will arrive, by emailing:

The Burrell – adopting a fabric first approach

The Burrell – adopting a fabric first approach by Graeme DeBrincat. Graeme is an Associate at Arup in Glasgow, specialising in façade design and delivered the Burrell Collection recently. He will talk about how they managed to return more than 16 tonnes of existing glass to remanufacture into new glass, a first for a public building.

Tuesday 20 June at 6.00pm – Mackintosh Queen’s Cross – Tickets Free at Eventbrite

The Burrell Collection comprises a vast array of precious art from around the world. First opened to the public in 1983, the museum in Pollok Country Park, Glasgow, is one of Scotland’s few Category-A listed post-war buildings. Unfortunately, a steady deterioration of the building fabric over recent years and declining visitor numbers meant that essential intervention would be required to bring it up to contemporary museum standards and guarantee its future.

When tasked with refurbishing this iconic structure, Arup adopted a fabric first approach centred on reusing and recycling the original materials from the museum’s façade. To do this, a new network was established across the glass industry, spearheaded by Arup, from manufacturers to research institutions and recycling facilities. Over 80 tonnes of usable material were recovered, and all the glass was recycled. They returned 16 tonnes directly to architectural glass production- a rare achievement for this kind of project whilst the rest was used in other construction products.

The end result has improved the building’s energy performance, as well as delivering significant carbon savings. 

Siobhan Wilson

We are delighted to have Siobhan return to Queens Cross for this special concert under Gaia on Thursday 15 June.

Singer, composer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist Siobhan Wilson grew up in Elgin, Scotland. A trained cellist, singer, composer and pianist from St Mary’s Music School of Edinburgh, Siobhan has 15 years of international studio production experience including in New York, Paris, Budapest and Scotland. After a 5 year stay in Paris, France, she returned to the UK where she has become one of Scotland’s most exciting artists.

Siobhan Wilson will release a new double album on 31 May 2023. Themes of solitude, self-discovery and reflection merge with rural serenity. The self-produced work only serves to underline Siobhan’s growing status as an independent auteur and inspirational force on the DIY scene.

The first half of the album is titled “Recording Of Myself In A Room Of My Own”: a collection of new acoustic folk music and features a number of collaborations, namely with French composer Clementine March (tracks “Quand La Vie Fait Mal” and “Un Ange Passe”) and Mercury Prize nominee Kathryn Williams (tracks “Sleeping Dogs” and “Good Company”).

Her recent single “Quand La Vie Fait Mal” has been played on BBC6 radio, and was performed live at
Celtic Connections in January 2023 with CLR Theory. This co-write features Clementine March, Lost Map. Siobhan appeared on BBC Radio Scotland, live in session in March 2023. Her brand new release, Unst Boat Song, is arrangement of the traditional sea prayer sung in Norn and Shetlandic dialect, featured on God Is In The TV Zine, Fresh On The Net, and The List.

Her 2017 album ‘There Are No Saints’ was shortlisted for the Scottish Album of the Year and drew attention from the likes of Rolling Stone and BBC6 Radio Lauren Laverne who listed it as her ‘album of the day. Wilson is a regular live performer at BBC Scotland and BBC6 radio stations and was also shortlisted for “Best Musician” in The Sunday Herald Culture Awards in the same year.

Siobhan will be supported by trailblazing cello soloist, Juliette Lemoine.

‘Juliette is exploring and redefining the cello’s role within Scottish Traditional Music. She recently burst onto the Scottish music scene with her debut album ‘Soaring’, supported by the Beatrice Huntington Award for cellists, launching the album with a sold-out headline performance at Celtic Connections 2023. Her emotive compositions weave through Scottish Traditional, Western Classical, and Jazz genres to create a highly personal new voice. Leading an all-star band of some of Scotland’s most exciting young musicians in the unique line-up of cello, fiddle, piano, and tenor saxophone, the album is a euphoric celebration of the theme of freedom. Juliette is fascinated by the cello’s potential to take on a lead melodic role in a traditional music context, in the way a fiddle typically would, and finding ways to retain the sense of fluidity, bowing style, ornaments and authenticity. Her playing has taken her across the UK performing at festivals such as Celtic Connections, Aberdeen Jazz Festival, Edinburgh Tradfest, Blas Festival and HebCelt.’

Tickets cost £16.50 plus booking fee Get Tickets

Also available from Eventbrite

Glasgow Science Festival under Gaia

The Glasgow Science Festival is set to return to the city in June with a bigger programme of free events than ever under the theme of ‘Glasgow’s Looking Forward’!

Gaia and her Renewable Energy Miracles: For All, Forever:

This event on Saturday 3 June from 4pm to 5pm at Mackintosh Queen’s Cross looks forward to how Scotland will help the world achieve net-zero. Visitors can use ‘energy goggles’ to see the planet’s energy for themselves, hitch a ride on a sunbeam and take a once in a lifetime tour of Gaia’s energy system. A ticket to the show will also offer free access to ‘Gaia’, a stunning high-resolution six-metre-wide floating Earth created by artist Luke Jerram. Gaia will be on display at the Mackintosh Queen’s Cross from 13 May until 24 June.

“We are star dust harvesting sunlight” wrote the great cosmologist Carl Sagan. We live in a flux of solar energy that powers (almost) everything we know and are. The numbers can be boggling, but in this entertaining talk we’ll put on a pair of “energy goggles”, hitch a ride on a sunbeam and take a once in a lifetime tour of Gaia’s energy system. We will look forward to how Scotland and Glasgow will help achieve our 100% renewable, peaceful, energy futures.

Before we get too carried away with the awesome maths and physics, we’ve totally lost the plot when it comes to our relationship with energy. We’ve become immune to its magical powers of sublime transformation and ignorant of its true value. We waste it with zeal, and then complain its expensive, or we haven’t got enough. It is time to reconnect, to re-imagine and to fire up some new ideas to shape our future societies. We’ve about a decade left to quit fossil fuels to limit global heating to 2oC. Half the world’s 8 billion people don’t consume enough energy to live well. The other half consume too much. How then, will 11 billion of us from 2050 enjoy the high energy lifestyles we have become used to and at the same time avert dangerous climate change? Where will we get our energy from? How will energy change the way we live?

The talk by staff at the Open University will include some demonstrations, graphics and performance elements interspersed with some boring facts.

This event is free, but booking is required.