Greyfriars at 12 started as a follow on from the Greyfriars Spark Festival of 2015, which was curated by our then student probationer, Martin Ritchie. Originally imagined as a one-off series of events, the Spark Festival proved so popular that a regular lunchtime concert series was created. When Martin finished his probation in early 2016, Alsion Gregson was asked to take over the lunchtime concerts; and at that time, a decision was made to rename them Greyfriars at 12. A logo was chosen, and the rest, as the saying goes, is history!
Our concerts regularly host final years music students, and recent graduates, from Edinburgh University and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. We have also hosted the Argyll String Quartet, pianist Richard Beauchamp and organist Paul Stubbings, the director of Music at the prestigious St Mary’s Music School.
Performers are not paid a fee and every concert is free to attend – donations are welcome, but only if you can afford to give.
For dates of our upcoming 2018 concerts, see our Events page.