St Giles Cathedral

St Giles Cathedral

About St Giles Cathedral

St Giles Cathedral High Street, Edinburgh Old Town EH1 1RE
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St Giles’ Cathedral is the historic City Church of Edinburgh. With its famed crown spire it stands on the Royal Mile between Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

Also known as the High Kirk of Edinburgh, it is the Mother Church of Presbyterianism and contains the Chapel of the Order of the Thistle (Scotland’s chivalric company of knights headed by the Queen).

There is record of a parish church in Edinburgh by the year 854, served by a vicar from a monastic house, probably in England. It is possible that the first church, a modest affair, was in use for several centuries before it was formally dedicated by the bishop of St Andrews on 6 October 1243. The parish church of Edinburgh was subsequently reconsecrated and named in honour of the patron saint of the town, St Giles, whose feast day is celebrated on 1 September.

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Upcoming Events at St Giles Cathedral

Lunchtime Concert - Pearl Singers

Lunchtime Concert - Pearl Singers

9th June 2022

Enjoy a free lunchtime concert in St Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh on 9th June by visiting high school choir from the USA, Pearl Singers!
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Sing a Merry Madrigal

Sing a Merry Madrigal

21st June 2022

On Tour and direct from California! Davis Madrigals, a chamber choir performing various music dating from the 15th century to the present, come to St Giles's Cathedral on 21st June!
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Vivaldi’s Four Seasons by Candlelight - 24th June

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons by Candlelight - 24th June

24th June 2022

The Piccadilly Sinfonietta perform an exquisite selection of works by candlelight in the beautiful setting of St Giles Cathedral!
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Vivaldi’s Four Seasons by Candlelight - 15th July

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons by Candlelight - 15th July

15th July 2022

On Friday 15th July, in the beautiful setting of St Giles Cathedral, the outstanding musicians of the Piccadilly Sinfonietta perform an exquisite selection of works by candlelight!
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This Old Cello Box

This Old Cello Box

20th August 2022

From Bach to The Beatles and beyond, renowned South Australian musician/songwriter William Jack presents a free (non-ticketed) multi-style cello recital in St Giles' Cathedral on 20th August!
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A Night At The Opera

A Night At The Opera

23rd September 2022

Presented by Candlelight with some of the country's greatest opera singers in the stunning setting of St Giles' Cathedral, this truly is an evening not to be missed!
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Vivaldi’s Four Seasons by Candlelight

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons by Candlelight

Selected dates between 30th September 2022 - 25th November 2022

Enjoy Vivaldi's timeless classic, The Four Seasons, and other magnificent works by Candlelight at St Giles' Cathedral, performed by the outstanding musicians of the Piccadilly Sinfonietta!
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