New Highland Cathedral to be unveiled at Italy match

A new vocal version of a renowned Scottish instrumental tune will be unveiled at Murrayfield on Saturday (9 February) prior to the Scotland versus Italy RBS 6 Nations Championship match.

The new version of Highland Cathedral, a tune that has become synonymous with the national stadium, has been recorded by Scotland captain Kelly Brown; team-mates Euan Murray, Henry Pyrgos and Matt Scott, as well as school children from 15 schools across Aberdeenshire.

As well as the possibility of making it into the charts the tune could also raise funds for three of Scotland’s rugby charities: The Bill McLaren Foundation, Hearts and Balls and The Murrayfield Centenary Fund.


Following it’s first public airing just before kick-off on Saturday the track will then be released to download at midnight from all major online music suppliers (iTunes, amazon etc…).

Brown said:

It has been a massive privilege to record this piece of music and give it its first airing at our first home RBS 6 Nations match this year.

“It would be brilliant if our fans helped support the tune not only in the charts but as it’s also raising money for three fantastic rugby charities.”

The song has been produced by Calum Malcolm who has worked with a number of Scottish bands over the years, including Wet Wet Wet, Simple Minds, the Blue Nile and Orange Juice and released by The Music Kitchen record label based in Edinburgh city centre. The new lyrics were written by Scottish rugby fans, Simon Paterson-Brown and Chris Thomson.

Paterson-Brown said: “The track is a wonderful new vocal version of a superb tune that encompasses all that is best about Scotland and her people.

“As a passionate rugby supporter who knew of Kelly Brown's singing prowess, it was an obvious choice to ask him to record it, with some of his more musical team-mates and school children from Aberdeenshire.

“With the video being given its first public airing in front of a crowd at Murrayfield, the single could make an entrance in the charts next week.”

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Highland Cathedral
(Music by M Korb and U Roever. Lyrics by S Paterson-Brown and C Thomson)


Scotland my country and my land of birth

Highlands and Islands to the Solway Firth

Where’er I travel and where’er I roam

Highland Cathedral in my heart, my home


Scots unite all across the world

And let the home fires, burn in your eyes

Listen now can you hear the call

For Scotland will rise?


March as one to the pipes and drums

Stand up for the right, fight without fear

Strong and true in adversity

For Scotland will you cheer?

Notes to editors

Pupils from the following schools were involved with the project: Burnhaven, Bervie, Mill O Forest, Newtonhill, Danestone, Glashieburn, Airyhall, St Joseph's, Torphins, Strichen School, Whitehills, Combined (Crimond/Rathen/ St Combs), Meldrum Primary, Kingsford Primary and Heatheryburn.