Service to celebrate 80th anniversary of University Chapel

The Reverend Professor Robert Martin will lead a service to mark the 80th anniversary of the University’s Chapel this Sunday at 11am.

The service will include a rendition of the anthem ‘Let Us Now Praise Famous Men’ by the University Choir, which was composed in 1951 to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the founding of the University.  Honorary Glasgow graduate and internationally renowned folk singer, Dr Jean Redpath, will also sing a Burns song to mark the occasion.

Also present at the service will be the University Ladies Club, Principal Muscatelli and Sir Kenneth Calman, Chancellor of the University.

Chaplain to the University, Reverend Stuart McQuarrie said: “This service will be a time to recall both the establishment of the University and of the Chapel itself as a memorial to the war and those who fought and died in it.  Together we can celebrate their lives and their visions for the future.”

The Glasgow University Chapel itself is located in the centre of the west wing of the main University building and was finished in 1929 as a lasting memorial for those who died in the First World War.  

The Chapel continues to be the hub of worship within the University. It welcomes people of all religions and backgrounds and regularly holds multi-faith ceremonies.  Daily and Sunday services are held during term time and a remembrance service is held every year.

The names of the 755 who gave their lives in the war are recorded on tablets in the chapel, forming a backdrop to the altar and acting as a constant reminder to us all of the service done by those brave men and women.

The service can also be streamed live from the University Chapel Live service, available at

First published: 23 October 2009

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