Glasgow UNESCO City of Music

Glasgow’s music scene is wide ranging and vibrant – its legendary music scene stretches from the highly popular TRNSMT festival to the World Pipe Band Championships, where 8000 pipers and drummers gather for two days of traditional music and competition.

The city is also home to Scottish Opera and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, alongside other national organisations including the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scotland, National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) and the Scottish Ensemble.


Music is used as a tool for improved social and physiological well-being throughout the city. The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall offers a range of inclusive and relaxed performances, including dementia friendly concerts. Organisations such as Nordoff Robbins and Alzheimers’ Scotland also participate in Glasgow’s music projects whilst Music in Hospitals and the Paragon Ensemble are music-orientated initiatives within the local community.


In August 2008, Glasgow was named the UK’s first UNESCO City of Music. The award recognises the rich musical heritage of the city, and is designed to encourage collaborations across Glasgow’s music scene – between performers, music organisations, festivals, promoters, schools and colleges. It also strives to connect the other UNESCO Creative Cities with Glasgow and this is still an ongoing objective today.

Please explore our blog for more information about music in the City of Glasgow.