Lunchtime Organ Recital given by Tim Lambourn……Paisley Abbey, Saturday 21 February at 12.30pm

The series of Abbey Saturday recitals continues with a varied programme of organ music from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, played by Timothy Lambourn.

Timothy Lambourn has been the Assistant organist at Paisley Abbey since October 2014. Tim was the Senior Organ Scholar at Jesus College Cambridge where he studied geography but prior to his time there, he held organ scholarships at St Mary the Virgin, Twickenham and All Saints, Kingston-upon-Thames alongside academic and music scholarships at Hampton School. More recently, he was organist at High Church Hilton, Aberdeen

In 2005 he was awarded the Hall & Manton Trophy at the Croydon Music Festival, and he gained Associateship of the Royal College of Organists in 2007.
Tim studied with David Briggs, David Sanger and Gordon Stewart while projects with choirs have included tours in the UK, to the European continent and to the USA, live radio broadcasts for the BBC, and a performance of Britten’s St Nicolas in collaboration with the Britten Sinfonia in December 2009.

His programme includes…………..

Sonata in A, Op 65 No. 3 Felix Mendelssohn (1809 – 1847)
i. (Con moto maestoso)
ii. (Andante tranquillo)

Master Tallis’s Testament Herbert Howells (1892 – 1983)

Choral Fantasia on ‘When I survey the wondrous cross’ Sir Charles Hubert Parry (1848 – 1918)

An Wasserflussen Babylon, BWV 653 Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750)
Tocatta & Fugue in D minor BWV 565
i. Tocatta
ii. Fugue

Tickets for the recital cost £5 and can be purchased at the door.

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Paisley Abbey recital series

Saturday 24th January – there will be no lunchtime recital.

Saturday 21st February (please note this is a change of date)
Tim Lambourn, Assistant Organist, Paisley Abbey

Saturday 28th March
Abbey Strings

Saturday 25th April
Peter Wilson (Tenor)

Saturday 23rd May
Marjorie Bruce (Organ)

Saturday 6th June at 2:30pm
David Gerrard (Organ)

Saturday 13th June
Stefan Grasse (Guitar)
Alastair Savage (Violin)
Eddie McGuire (Flute)

All recitals commence at 12:30pm, with the exception of the Glasgow Society of Organists Recital, to be given by David Gerrard on 6th June. This will be at 2:30pm.

Tickets £5 available at the door.

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Paisley Abbey Sunday 18th January

Concert given by Paisley Abbey Choristers in aid of the Abbey’s Choral Scholarship Fund……

Paisley Abbey, Sunday 18 January at 4.00pm

With Helen Thompson (Harp) and Tim Lambourn (Organ), conducted by Director of Music, George McPhee

The programme includes…………..

Mess Basse (Soloist Flora Ritchie) Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)

Organ: Toccata in F major BuxWV 157 Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707)

Ave Maria (Soloist Mhairi Sharkey) Simon Lindley (b 1948)

Rocking Czech Carol, arr. McPhee

Organ: Scherzetto (Op. 108 No.1) Joseph Jongen (1873-1953)

Ceremony of Carols for Treble Voices and Harp Op. 28 Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
(Soloists Emily Kyle, Flora Ritchie and Valerie Turnbull)

Tickets for the concert cost £10 and can be purchased at the door.

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Paisley Abbey events.

The final lunchtime recital of 2014 will be a Concert of Christmas Music by Abbey Brass, including John Wallace, trumpet.
Tickets, priced £5 available at the door.

Please see the Abbey website for details of services over Christmas, including Nine Lessons and Carols on Christmas Eve and Choral Communion on Christmas Day.

Future dates for 2015 include ::

Sunday 18th January Paisley Abbey Choristers singing Ceremony of Carols

Saturday 24th January Lunchtime recital

Saturday 28th February Lunchtime recital

Sunday 22nd March Bach’s St John Passion

Saturday 28th March Lunchtime recital

Saturday 25th April Lunchtime recital

Saturday 30th May Lunchtime recital

Paisley Abbey this weekend

There are a number of musical events occurring in the Abbey this weekend.

Friday 28th November at 7pm – Fiddlers Rally, please see poster embedded below for details.

Saturday 29th November: – The City of Glasgow Chorus with Orchestra of Scottish Opera at 7:30 p.m. Mozart’s Requiem Tickets £16.00 (students £8.00) available from the Abbey Shop

Sunday 30th November: – Advent Carol Service at 4pm. This is one of the most moving and evocative of the year as the darkened church gradually becomes fully lit by the advent and expectation of the coming of Christ.

Please support the Abbey.


Abbey Recital Saturday 8th November

Recital given by Gemma McGregor (Flute) and George McPhee

Paisley Abbey, Saturday 8 November at 12.30pm

The series of lunchtime recitals in Paisley Abbey continues on Saturday 8 November with an interesting programme for flute and organ given by Orkney based Gemma McGregor and Paisley Abbey Director of Music, George McPhee. 

The Programme of pieces, mainly for flute and organ includes

  • J.S. Bach – Prelude and Fugue in G major BWV 541
  • G.F. Handel – Sonata No. 6 in C major Opus 1 No.7 for Flute and Organ
  • Eddie McGuire – Dialogue for Flute and Organ
  • J.S. Bach – Sonata No. 4 in C major BWV 1033 for Flute and Organ

Gemma McGregor is a musician from Orkney and a doctorate composition student at Aberdeen University. She studied flute as an undergraduate at Darlington College of Arts, learning Baroque flute with Ann Kimber and contemporary flute with Kate Lucas. Her repertoire includes a wide range of styles that include playing Baroque music with Aberdeen’s Early Music Collective and traditional music with several Orkney groups. She researches and collects Orcadian folk music and is leader of the Orkney Heritage Fiddle Project. Gemma

has written chamber music for strings, clarinet and flute and plays flute on the CD of her music entitled, ‘From Nothing’, which was released by Watercolour Studios in 2011.

Tickets for the recital cost £5 and can be purchased at the door.

Handel’s messiah @ the Abbey

Dear All,

Please Come and Sing Handel’s Messiah on Sunday 28th September !
If you have no previous experience of such an event, don’t worry, as you will be well supported by your fellow singers.
The orchestra has been formed, and we need a choir to create an excellent performance for our audience.

All the details are on the attached form.
In summary, the registration starts at 2pm, followed by an afternoon rehearsal from 2:30pm
Performance will be at 7pm.

This event has been tremendously enjoyable and successful in the past, and Dr McPhee would be delighted to see you all in attendance again.

Please forward the form, printed or online, to anyone who may be interested.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Best wishes
Jan Norris

Please complete the attached registration form and return, by clicking this link


Come and Sing HANDEL’S MESSIAH with Orchestra
In Paisley Abbey on Sunday 28th September 2014
Directed by Dr George McPhee
Rehearsal 2.30pm with entry from 2.00pm

Performance 7.00pm

Ticket Prices
School pupils and students £5
Adult £15
Audience £10

All singer applications are welcomed, but places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, enabling the conductor to achieve as balanced a choir as possible.

On this occasion unfortunately scores cannot be provided.

You are welcome to make copies of this registration form for friends. Only applications returned with payment will ensure a place is reserved.

Cheques to be made payable to Paisley Abbey Music Society

Forms and payment to be returned to Miss P Routley, Paisley Abbey Choir,
c/o Paisley Abbey, Paisley PA1 1JG

Email enquiries to

There will be no formal dress code for singers. Please bring your own refreshments. The Abbey has limited secure storage, and singers are requested to bear this in mind.
All funds raised support the music of the Abbey

Please complete the attached registration form and return, by clicking this link