Bethlehem Cultural Festival

Bethlehem Cultural Festival Carol Service

Join us for our fourth annual service that marks the ongoing twinning between the cities of Glasgow and Bethlehem. With a live link up with Manger Square, Bethlehem, Palestine, we gather for an afternoon of carols and readings, together with reflections and poetry from our friends in Gaza. 

We are delighted to announce the premiere of a new carol, One Star, composed by the acclaimed, Nico Muhly and commissioned by the Bethlehem Cultural Festival which will be performed as part of the annual service this Saturday.

Entrance is free and you watch the service live from this page (below)

Nico Muhly

Nico Muhly, born in 1981, is an American composer who writes orchestral music, works for the stage, music for film, choral music, chamber music and sacred music. He’s received commissions from The Metropolitan Opera: Two Boys (2011), and Marnie (2018); Carnegie Hall, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Australian Chamber Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the Tallis Scholars, King’s College and Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, at which he is composer in residence. He is a collaborative partner at the San Francisco Symphony and has been featured at the Barbican and the Philharmonie de Paris as composer, performer, and curator. An avid collaborator, he has worked with choreographers Benjamin Millepied at the Paris Opéra Ballet, Bobbi Jene Smith at the Juilliard School, Justin Peck and Kyle Abraham at New York City Ballet; musicians Sufjan Stevens, The National, Teitur, Anohni, James Blake and Paul Simon. His work for screen includes scores for The Reader (2008) and Kill Your Darlings (2013), Howards End (2017) and Pachinko (2022). Recordings of his works have been released by Decca and Nonesuch, and he is part of the artist-run record label Bedroom Community, which released his first two albums, Speaks Volumes (2006) and Mothertongue (2008).