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Friends’ Newsletter

January 2018

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The Cathedral of the Isles and adjacent College of the Holy Spirit offer a wonderful resource for worship, music, retreats and events. Romantically sited on the Island of Cumbrae in the Firth of Clyde, the Cathedral is easily accessible from the mainland and the cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh. Please click the links to the right to read more. This unique heritage is in need of restoration and development and this is the work of the Friends.

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The Friends of the

Cathedral of the Isles


The Friends of the Cathedral of the Isles Appeal was launched by The Honourable The Countess of Glasgow on Easter Sunday 2017. Thanks are due to all those who contributed so generously to the Appeal, which enabled significant refurbishment work throughout the College and Cathedral.

Projects funded by the Appeal included:

Re-carpeting of Library, Common Room , bedrooms and  corridors

Repainting of bedrooms and South College stairwell

New hospitality trays with eco-friendly kettles; new bedside lamps with LED bulbs in all bedrooms

Framed photographs by Karen Brodie in bedrooms

Display boards and posters

Coffee machine for “Cloister Café”

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The Appeal is now formally closed, though contributions towards the work of Cathedral and College are of course always welcome: please contact the Treasurer or use the PayPal link below.

A fresh Appeal is to be launched  

for major restoration work: watch this space!



Cathedral of the Isles website: click here

2018 Friends  Leaflet for web.pdf

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Music at the Cathedral of the Isles

Summer Concert Series 2018

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1868: Three Scottish Master Musicians

A course given by Alastair Chisholm

Sunday 2 - Tuesday 4 September 2018

It is well known that Bach, Handel and Scarlatti were all born in the same year – 1685. But it is much less known that 1868 was likewise a bumper year for Scottish music, for in that year Hamish MacCunn, composer and conductor, Frederic Lamond, pianist and composer, and John B. McEwen, composer and academic, all first saw the light of day. This course, given by the Cathedral’s Director of Music, will tell the stories of these three Scottish master musicians and introduce their music, with the help of Feargus Hetherington, violin, Jonathan Cohen, piano and others.

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and booking