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Scottish cathedral's weekly broadcast reach global audience

Choral evensong from Glasgow Cathedral is being streamed weekly online reaching up to 25,000 people worldwide everywhere from China and Australia to the Middle East ...

Glasgow’s magnificent 13th century Cathedral is on the itinerary of every visitor to the city, writes Andrew Ralston. Events such as last year’s broadcast of the service to mark the start of World War I receive worldwide attention and during 2014 the Cathedral website attracted well over three million visits.

Yet the Cathedral is not only a venue for civic events. It is a worshipping community which is part of the Church of Scotland and the congregation is using its online presence as a method of outreach by streaming a weekly service of Choral Evensong.

This represents a novel way of employing the latest technology to allow the timeless beauty of the words and music of Choral Evensong to be experienced by anyone who has access to a computer.

This most musical of all services is sung by the Cathedral choir which now consists of 14 choral scholars and choristers under the dynamic leadership of a new Director of Music, 22-year-old Andrew Forbes. A notable feature of the service is that almost all of the words are drawn directly from Scripture.

Each Sunday at 4pm Choral Evensong goes out live and remains accessible throughout the following week – a venture which been made possible thanks to expertise from within the congregation, as Elders Jane and Glen Collie of Collie Productions offer their services and equipment free of charge.  

Glen sees the broadcasting of Choral Evensong as a means of carrying out the Great Commission of Jesus in Matthew 28 to “go … and make disciples of all nations”.  

“Now in its second year of operation, the broadcast has reached 17,000 hits,” he says. “As many people will be watching along with others, this could represent something like 25,000 people who effectively make up a worldwide online congregation.” 

Analysis reveals that the service is reaching countries as far afield as China, India, Denmark, South Africa, Australia and the United Arab Emirates.

Join with this worldwide online congregation by visiting www.glasgowcathedral.org.uk

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