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Music, modernity and the search for the sacred (Riddell Memorial Lectures)

Sir James MacMillan, composer and conductor

Date/Time: Tuesday 21 November 2017, 17:30 - 18:45

Venue: Curtis Auditorium, Herschel Building, Newcastle University

Free admission, all seats allocated on a first-come first-served basis.

A Catholic composer's perspective on musical and extra-musical considerations in the modern world (Lecture 1)

This is a time when artists are told that, to be at the cutting edge of culture, they have to reject the burdens of tradition, especially religion. Music has offered a stubborn resistance to this command, and it is clear that many of the great composers of the last century were either profoundly religious men and women or reflected deeply on the wider possibilities of the sacred in their work. James MacMillan explores this phenomenon in a musico-historical context and subjective reflection.