Glasgow isn’t short of concerts, but some are going to need quite the venue to match the ferry impressive Glenlee down at the riverside. The splendid ship is playing host to some truly mesmerising floating candlelight concerts this autumn, with classical music and movie scores streaming merrily from the bow to the stern and beyond. There are very few things in life more romantic than candlelight, but candlelight plus an evening full of live music on the calming shores of the Clyde is definitely one of them.
Kicking off the upcoming floating Candlelights is the best of Joe Hisaishi. If you’re into film and animation this one could be of interest to you. The name Joe Hisaishi might not mean much to you, but you will know his compositions if you’re even slightly a fan of Japanese cinema and anime. Hisaishi is the mastermind behind the soundtracks of several of Studio Ghibli‘s most iconic films. Be prepared for music from Howl’s Moving Castle, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away and many more of Hisaishi and anime’s most iconic pieces of music. You can experience this first on September 16, then again on October 14, which you can book your seats for here.
The show continues on September 24, as this magical setting is filled with the sounds of magical movie scores – a match made in heaven, hey. For an hour, you can kickback and reminisce on your favourite film scenes as soundtracks composed by the John Williams, Hans Zimmer and others are performed by a string quartet illuminated by candlelight. Recognisable melodies from ET, Harry Potter and Schindler’s List will all be performed. Tickets are available here.
To conclude the upcoming autumn shows, we’ll float again on October 8. Now “four seasons in one day” is just British weather all over, right? Well, at this candlelight concert, settle down and listen to four seasons in just over an hour – Vivaldi’s Four Seasons concerto that is. Far less stressful. Vivaldi’s Four Seasons Floating Candlelight will bring talented classical musicians to, the exquisite tall ship Glenlee. Lit beautifully by an array of candles, the first performance will begin at 6pm with the second following at 8.30pm. You’ll want to grab those tickets fast.
The Glenlee first took to the water as a bulk cargo carrier in 1896 and has circumnavigated the globe four times. Knot too shabby, eh? One of only five Clyde-built ships still afloat in the world today, the Glenlee is a brilliant spot for maritime themed events and activities. But the magnificent space becomes something else entirely when lit by the soft glow of candlelight, and filled with the sound of live performers. Find out for yourself by booking your ticket to one of this autumn’s shows.