At St Andrew's and St George's West, the
creative arts help us to express our faith, and enhance our
worship and our environment. Our church building tells its
own story of how the creative and the spiritual influence
each other. We draw on traditions handed down to us but are
not afraid of the modern.
We enjoy using our own creative talents
in singing and making music, in designing banners, displays
and exhibitions. We have also commissioned work from professional
sculptors, cabinetmakers and stained glass artists, embroiderers
We continue to encourage the use of our
church for arts of all kinds.
Music in our worship
is a strong element in our shared worship at St Andrew's and
St George's.West. We have regular meditations accompanied by music at George Street at 1pm each Wednesday. Brigitte Harris is our Director of Music. In
addition to playing our fine Wells-Kennedy organ, she encourages
a range of musical talent in the choir and the band.
At St Andrew’s and St George’s
we have a unique peal
of eight bells cast together in 1788 by William and Thomas
Mears at Whitechapel Bell Foundry. They are the oldest complete
ring in Scotland and were restored to full change ringing in 2006.
St Andrew’s and St George’s
West and the Edinburgh Festival
During the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in
August each year, St Andrew's and St George's West is also
a concert venue, recognised as one of the best venues for
chamber concerts. The programme of international and local
artistes for St
Andrew's and St George's West at Festival Time is planned,
arranged and managed by a team of volunteers from the congregation,
with profits going to church funds.
Special Events at St Andrew’s
and St George’s West
Concerts, exhibitions, and other special
events are held at St Andrew’s and St George’s
Church during the year.