Events during 2012
Celtic Twilight Jan 25th 6.30-8 at the London Centre for Spirituality
This explores St Hilda’s story, drawing on the accounts of the Venerable Bede and the work of medieval scholars. The songs are mostly versifications of Celtic texts. The overall pattern is based on the wave pattern of Gabrielle Roth’s Drumming the five Rhythms. The piece falls into five sections and the audience is involved in moving, singing and creating sounds. It starts with water which flows freely. This is linked with her birth. This leads to fire which is sharp and piercing at her conversion in adolescence approaches. It is linked with her energy in founding and running three religious houses. Earth represents the descent into chaos which for Hild was at the Synod of Whitby when she lost the battle to retain the indigenous traditions of Celtic Christianity.
Roman uniformity prevails and she had to accept it. She did not turn her community into dissenters like Bishop Colman. Her work at Whitby in nurturing and teaching is linked with the lightness of the air. Her final illness leads here to the silent place of death. Thus Hild’s story is used in this one-woman presentation as a way of illuminating issues in the contemporary world (particularly the valuing of diversity) and exploring our own inner spirituality.
The London Centre for Spirituality
The Church of St Edmund the King
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Space for Peace Jan 26th Winchester cathedral
Thursday 26 January 2012 7.00pm – 9.30pm (doors open 6.45pm)
Within this space you will hear a variety of choral sounds, mixing and merging from a wide range of sources within our community. Taking place on Holocaust Memorial Day, these will include sounds from a wide variety of faiths and religions as well as from secular sources.
Each choir will bring its own contribution to peace making. Those who come and listen can experience space and time as they wish to light candles, to pray, to escape, to reflect, to be inspired.
Donations in aid of St Ethelburga’s Centre for Peace and Reconciliation. Contact Vicky.Feldwick@winchester.ac.uk
Resonance – Space for Peace sound extract:
The Myth of the Titanic Feb 4th 11am Central hall, Southampton
Part of SPLASH concert for families
A new piece for choir and orchestra commissioned by Southampton City Orchestra
This piece approaches the story as a myth about human hubris and arrogance which thinks that certain parts of the human species can aspire to conquer other races and the natural world. It is based on a song from the black community in the US and in the end follows the eco-theologians in relating the story to current ecological issues.
Myth of the Titanic sound extract
Feb 8th Digby Stuart College, Roehampton University
Public Lecture in the Duchesne Building. 6pm.
Contact Robert Kaggwa.
The Arts and the Big Society: Sticking Plaster or Resistance? The Politics of Arts Interventions in Health Contexts’
Research seminar on the Arts and Well-being University of Winchester Wednesday 29th February, 5.30-7.30pm
Organised by the Centre for Research in the Arts as Wellbeing, this seminar involves arts practitioners and academics in the University and local healthcare professionals in an exploration and discussion of the `arts and wellbeing’ in the contemporary socio-economic context.
[For further details and to attend, please contact Elizabeth.Scott-Hall@winchester.ac.uk]
Song of the Earth March 27th 7.30pm Winchester cathedral
Song of the Earth is an especially composed piece and will be performed by primary and secondary school pupils from schools in the wider Winchester area. Themes of ecology, diversity and communication linked both to Olympic values and the celebration of our common culture and global connectivity. The piece makes a strong statement about our relationships with our planet and to each other, and is a fitting testament to our celebration of 2012, of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Year. Hampshire Music Service, the University of Winchester, Southern Sinfonia and other partners will be pleased to welcome our audience to this great and joyous celebration.
The River is Flowing
Wherwell Pageant the Priory, Wherwell near Andover May 12th 5.30
In May 2012 a new creative, musical pageant is planned, The River is flowing, to celebrate the history of Wherwell Abbey, from past to future. It is directed by Rev Professor June Boyce Tillman assisted by Professor Mary Grey, (an Honorary Professor also linked with the University) and an enthusiastic team from Wherwell, including its Vicar, Revd Juliet Montague. It will be staged partly in the grounds of Wherwell Priory, (by kind permission from its owners) processing into the Church itself. The music, its central feature, including traditional, folk and contemporary elements, will be sung by children from Wherwell School, the Wherwell singers, the Spotlight Singers (Andover), the folk trio – Craig -Morgan-Robson – and the Andover Town Band.
The story will be narrated by the River Woman and the Green Man. It will move from the emergence of the river itself to the founding of the Abbey by Queen Elfrida and its heyday under the guidance of the Abbesses Matilda and Euphemia – not forgetting the legend of the cockatrice in the cellar! After the destruction of the Abbey – “The earth reclaims the abbey” – all process to the Church, where past, present and future meet. After honouring the effigy of Abbess Euphemia and singing a variety of music including a hymn for the sovereign by John Tavener, we will end with the river flowing into the future.
In Love Enclosed –Julian of Norwich
6.30 pm at St Martin’s Church , Epsom 27th May
An exploration of the life and writings of Julian of Norwich through story, song, meditation and original piano pieces. The Revd Dr June Boyce-Tillman, MBE, is Professor of Applied Music at the University of Winchester and an honorary Chaplain to Winchester Cathedral, a composer and a hymn-writer.
Hildegard of Bingen – Visions of the Trinity at St Paul’s Forum, June 3rd 2012. Can be viewed at – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vm-_cfCvjjc
July 15-20, 2012 And still I wander Keynote presentation at 30th International Society Music EducationWorld conference on Music Education Thessaloniki , Greece – Music Pædeia: From Ancient Greek Philosophers Toward Global Music Communities.
August 24-27th2012 Two performances at Greenbelt festival, Cheltenham . Singing the Mystery – Hildegard of Bingen. Celtic Twilight – St Hild of Whitby .
September 20th 2012 Hildegard study day at the Sisters of the Church, Ham Common, Richmond, Surrey. Feather on the Breath of God. Lecture, performance, story-telling.
September 22nd 2012 Hildegard of Bingen festival: on her becoming a doctor of the Church, All Hallows College, Dublin .
Lecture, storytelling and performance.
October 4th to 7th 2012 Performing the World 2012 Can Performance Save the World? Conference, The East Side Institute, New York Workshop on Music and Spirituality
October 20th 2012 Opening the Roof, Conference on a theology of disability. St Martin-in-the-Fields Music organized and led.
November 6-9th 2012 The Fourth International Conference on Peace and Reconciliation on the theme of Mediating Peace:
Reconciliation through Art, Music & Film The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel & The Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace, organized by The Theology and Religious Studies Section, Faculty of Education & Theology at York St John
University: Paper on Music in Interfaith Dialogue
Diamond Jubilee Concert in Winchester cathedral Nov 17th 7.30pm with the Southern Sinfonia and other community groups
November 2012 Chronicles of Light, Winchester Cathedral. Wrote two songs and trained the children from the schools.
November 18th 2012 St Cecilia’s celebration sermon at St Paul ’s Wokingham. The Power of Music.
November 25th 2012 Interfaith celebration at St Augustine ’ Tooting. Organiser
December 1st 2012 A Celtic Advent. London Centre for Spirituality. Study Day. Study Day, led with Ken Browne
The Church of St Edmund the King
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