Hilary Term 2016

Thursday of 4th week (11 Feb), 5 pm: Joanna Bullivant (Oxford), Actuosa participatio: Vatican II and the musicology of modern Catholic music

Wednesday of 6th week (24 Feb), 5 pm: Mike Sommer (Oxford), The Theology of the Joannespassion: from John via Luther to Bach

All meetings are on Wednesdays at 5 pm in Seminar Room A, Worcester College. Refreshments served afterwards.

Michaelmas Term 2015

14 October (Weds of 1st)
Bennett Zon, Durham University: ‘Anti-Semitism and Hebrew Music in Carl Engel’s Music of the Most Ancient Nations (1864)’

All meetings are on Wednesdays at 5 pm in Seminar Room A, Worcester College. Refreshments served afterwards.

Trinity Term 2015

6th May (2nd week)     Emma Hornby (Bristol) The Old Hispanic feast de Sancta Crucis: textual and musical articulation of a Passion theology.

20th May (4th week)   Clive Marsh (Leicester) Is music meant to make you happy? (or: what have Bach and Mahler to do with Pharrell Williams?): on-going reflections on the theological functions of music, in continuing conversation with Jeremy Begbie.

3rd June (6th week)    Mark Porter (City) How (ethno)musicological is God? Ethnomusicology, theology and the dynamics of interdisciplinary dialogues.

All meetings are on Wednesdays at 5 pm in Seminar Room A, Worcester College. Refreshments served afterwards.

Hilary Term 2015

 

Wednesday, 18 February (fifth week): Dr Michael O’Connor (University of Toronto) Logocentrism and church music: early modern thought and contemporary practice

At the special time of 3 pm in Seminar Room A, Worcester College.

Questions and wine will follow the speaker’s paper.

The Music and Theology Seminar is convened by Jonathan Arnold (Faculty of Theology / Worcester College) and Matthew Salisbury (Faculty of Music / University College)

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Manifesto of the Seminar

·     That music and theology need not be viewed in isolation and that there is much to gain from the conversation between the two disciplines

Themes may include

·     composition, from plainchant and Renaissance to contemporary; a focus on any one composer or group of composers; relationship of music and text; theological musicology

·     liturgy and worship, such as music and emotions in worship; music and (or as) preaching; the Holy Spirit in musical worship; music in the Bible; instruments in worship; the relationship between secular and sacred

·     the broad subject of Theology and the Arts, including apologetics, metaphor, faith and the creation of art or theological notions of beauty

·     music as an educational tool: composition and inspiration; theological interpretations of performance; faith and artistic identity

Michaelmas Term 2014

22 October – Prof. Tassilo Erhardt (Liverpool Hope), on Counter-Reformation theology and spirituality in music at the Viennese Habsburg court in the 17th and 18th centuries

19 November – Le Jeu d’Adam / The Play of Adam: a round-table discussion with the organisers of a performance (in 7th week) of a new translation of this twelfth-century French mystery play

 

Meetings take place Worcester College, from 5 pm. Questions and wine will follow the speaker’s paper.

The Music and Theology Seminar is convened by Jonathan Arnold (Faculty of Theology / Worcester College) and Matthew Salisbury (Faculty of Music / University College)

Add yourself to the Music and Theology Mailing List for news and information about the Seminar.

Manifesto of the Seminar

·     That music and theology need not be viewed in isolation and that there is much to gain from the conversation between the two disciplines

Themes may include

·     composition, from plainchant and Renaissance to contemporary; a focus on any one composer or group of composers; relationship of music and text; theological musicology

·     liturgy and worship, such as music and emotions in worship; music and (or as) preaching; the Holy Spirit in musical worship; music in the Bible; instruments in worship; the relationship between secular and sacred

·     the broad subject of Theology and the Arts, including apologetics, metaphor, faith and the creation of art or theological notions of beauty

·     music as an educational tool: composition and inspiration; theological interpretations of performance; faith and artistic identity

Trinity Term 2014

7 May (Wednesday of 2nd week): Peter Phillips, director of the Tallis Scholars

21 May (Wednesday of 4th week): Professor Hugh Pyper, University of Sheffield

4 June (Wednesday of 6th week): Professor Carol Harrison, Durham University

Meetings take place in the Ruskin Lane room, Worcester College, from 5 pm. Questions and wine will follow the speaker’s paper.

The Music and Theology Seminar is convened by Jonathan Arnold (Faculty of Theology / Worcester College) and Matthew Salisbury (Faculty of Music / University College)

Add yourself to the Music and Theology Mailing List for news and information about the Seminar.

Manifesto of the Seminar

·     That music and theology need not be viewed in isolation and that there is much to gain from the conversation between the two disciplines

Themes may include

·     composition, from plainchant and Renaissance to contemporary; a focus on any one composer or group of composers; relationship of music and text; theological musicology

·     liturgy and worship, such as music and emotions in worship; music and (or as) preaching; the Holy Spirit in musical worship; music in the Bible; instruments in worship; the relationship between secular and sacred

·     the broad subject of Theology and the Arts, including apologetics, metaphor, faith and the creation of art or theological notions of beauty

·     music as an educational tool: composition and inspiration; theological interpretations of performance; faith and artistic identity