All in the Scottish Episcopal Diocese of Argyll and The Isles offer congratulations to Alastair Chisholm on being awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours last week. The official citation reads: “Alastair John Chisholm: Organist and Lay Chaplain, The Cathedral of the Isles, Millport. For services to Music and Culture on The Isle of Cumbrae”.
This is recognition for the huge role Alastair has played over many years (1969-74 and since 1987) in encouraging the musical and spiritual life of the Cathedral of The Isles where he is both the Lay Chaplain (acting for the Provost, Bishop Kevin Pearson of Argyll and The Isles) and the Director of Music. He has led this church community, fundraised for major renovation projects and been a constant support and encouragement to all in the life of the Millport cathedral.
He is widely renowned not just for his music lectures and Sunday concert series, but also for the beneficial influence he had on hundreds (maybe thousands) of Largs Academy pupils as Head of Music there from 1975 to 1997.