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 !
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.
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…
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.
‘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.
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.
In this video Q&A and the third of our Volunteer Spotlight Interviews, we had the opportunity to catch up with one of our Visitor Assistant Volunteers Mark. He tells us all about his role at Mackintosh at the Willow and Mackintosh Queen’s Cross and why he decided to get involved as a volunteer this year.
Glasgow’s annual folk, roots and world music festival, Celtic Connections celebrates Celtic music and its connections to cultures across the globe. From 17 January – 3 February 2019, 2,100 musicians from around the world will descend on Glasgow and bring the city to life for 18 days of concerts, ceilidhs, talks, art exhibitions, workshops, and free events.
To view what’s on at Mackintosh Queen’s Cross then please click on the link below.