Sun. May 19th, 2024

Find out why you can’t pass up a chance to catch a Candlelight concert in Glasgow this season. Explore the full list of upcoming Candlelight concerts here.

Attending a Candlelight concert is an immersive journey into the timeless beauty of classical music. Witnessing skilled musicians pouring their passion into each note, as they are surrounded by a sea of flickering candles, is an experience that resonates within.

These charming concerts have been illuminating some of the most stunning venues in Glasgow for a while now, and yet again, there are people that still have to discover these sensational tributes to some of the greatest artists of all time. If you’re one of them and need some convincing, read on to uncover seven reasons why you need to attend Candlelight in Glasgow this season.

1. The musicians are classically trained

A string quartet performing amid a sea of candles.

One of the main reasons why you shouldn’t miss a Candlelight concert is without a doubt the group of musicians that are the conduits through which the magic of music flows. Their dedication, skill and emotional investment

 bring compositions to life, infusing them with personality, depth and interpretation. From solo pianists to string quartets and orchestras, their expertise, honed through years of practice allows them to convey emotions, stories and nuances embedded within the music.

2. The atmosphere is electrifying

A wide shot of a string quartet playing amid a sea of candles.

The captivating Candlelight concert series typically takes place in spaces of great cultural significance, including old churches, theatres, event venues, and even old British cargo ships! These venues alone make for an impressive backdrop to moving classical tributes. Add to that the captivating glow of thousands of candles that flicker and dance to each note, giving off an ethereal feel and transporting us to other worlds!

3. Candlelight makes classical music more accessible

Two ballet dancers performing on a stage illuminated by candles with a string quartet in the background.

Candlelight concerts bring classical music to new audiences and make the genre more approachable. While they can always be enjoyed by classical music aficionados, they also offer an inviting gateway to the genre for amateurs and general music lovers. From Vivaldi and Bach to Tchaikovsky and Mozart, Candlelight preserves classical works while also adding a unique flair and interpretation, making each performance a fresh and vibrant experience.

4. Contemporary artists are featured in the programmes

A close up of a musician playing the saxophone with candles in the background.

Another reason why guests keep coming back to Candlelight is definitely the diverse musical repertoire. It’s not just classical music artists that receive a shout out; a huge part of the Candlelight programme is its celebration of contemporary artists that classic film scores. From jazz and soul to reggaeton, pop and rock, there is something to suit every music taste.

Candlelight: A Tribute to Leonard Cohen
December 9, 2023 6:00 PM
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Candlelight: Festive Christmas Films
December 14, 2023 6:00 PM
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Candlelight: A Jazzy Holiday
December 16, 2023 6:00 PM
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Floating Candlelight: Movie Soundtracks
December 22, 2023 6:00 PM
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Candlelight: A Tribute to Leonard Cohen
January 18, 2024 6:30 PM
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Candlelight: A Tribute to Pink Floyd
January 18, 2024 8:30 PM
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Candlelight: The Best of Hans Zimmer
January 26, 2024 6:00 PM
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Candlelight: A Tribute to Coldplay on Strings
January 27, 2024 6:00 PM (+1 more date)
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5. You’ll gain fresh insights into the songs

A pianist performing on a raised stage that is covered in candles

What makes these live music performances extra special for guests is the fact that they uncover intriguing stories around the performed songs and the artists who wrote them. Between songs, the musicians frequently stop to engage with the audience and give them interesting facts and curiosities, seamlessly combining entertainment with education. Thus, guests leave the performances inspired by the music but also learning something new.

6. The tickets are really affordable

The interiors of The Tall Ship At Riverside in Glasgow, filled with candles

Now, whenever you hear the words ‘classical music’, soaring prices come to mind. However, a Candlelight concert ticket in Glasgow costs as little as £18.00, making them a bargain for what they offer. A Candlelight concert is a multi-sensory experience that combines sensational live music with the inviting ambiance provided by the warm candlelight, creating an atmosphere you won’t forget any time soon.

7. The concert series has received 5-star reviews

An audience member taking pictures of a Candlelight concert.

Candlelight has wowed audiences across the world with its unique take on classical music and Glasgow has been no different. It’s received countless 5-star reviews, with guests calling it a “wonderful experience!” and “the atmosphere and music was mesmerising”.

Amazing atmosphere and fantastic music! 

The whole night was great from start to finish x staff very officiant getting you to your seat and they were nice and pleasant x The performance started on time and they were wonderful. I will be back again x thank you for a great night

Lovely music and beautiful setting.

Wonderful kind staff, amazing show and a nice enclosed atmosphere! Would highly recommend for a different little night out.



By Lala