St Margaret’s hosts memorial

A memorial concert will be held in St Margaret's
A memorial concert will be held in St Margaret's

A southside church is set to host a special evening of music in memory of their former director of music.

Nimmo Davidson is the reason that St Margaret’s Scottish Episcopal Church has become known for being a ‘musical’ church.

The large congregation feel that singing is an essential part of worship and regularly attend to enjoy church music and the organ playing of the current musical director, Michael Bawtree.

Born in Tayport in 1934, Nimmo was the organist in many different churches around Glasgow until he finally accepted the post of music director at St Margaret’s in 1976, where he remained for 30 years.

Nimmo sadly passed away in September 2015 but his legacy of music lives on.

Since his retiral in 2006, most of his young charges have grown up and moved on to other things, so the youth section of St Margaret’s choir has dwindled. His widow Mattie Davidson, is hoping to rectify that by sponsoring a recruitment drive.

From the current five children, it is hoped to grow a new treble section in the choir by offering a Thursday singing lesson from 6.30-7.30pm where youngsters can have free vocal training and lessons in reading music thanks to Mattie’s sponsorship .

The training is provided by Angela Watson, a professional musician and Kenneth Watson the choirs pianist.

The memorial concert takes place on Sunday, October 2 at 7pm featuring Paisley Philharmonic Choir and pupils of Hutcheson’s Grammar school. Tickets are priced£10 on the door, and proceeds will be donated to charity. All enquiries by phone to the church office 10am-1pm on 0141 636 1131.