TheoArtistry is a new dimension within the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts (ITIA) based in the School of Divinity at the University of St Andrews. This initiative explores how ITIA’s world-leading research may impact the making and practice of arts and seeks to inform the scholarly and public perception concerning the role of the arts in both theology and church practice.
As the culmination of the TheoArtistry Composers’ Scheme, a two-day festival will be held 5-6 March 2018 to explore the challenges and opportunities for sacred music in the twenty-first century. The festival will feature a programme of engaging sessions discussing sacred music inside and outside the church and new directions in theology and music, including a performance of dramatic 20th and 21st century music for organ by Matthew Owens (Wells Cathedral) and a discussion with composers Sir James MacMillan and Paul Mealor. Moreover, the Sanctiandree CD recording, Annunciations, by St Salvator’s Chapel Choir, the documentary on the scheme by Austrian filmmaker David Boos, and a new book by ITIA scholars David Brown and Gavin Hopps, The Extravagance of Music, will be launched at the festival.
For further information and to see the complete festival programme, please visit the TheoArtistry website here (PDF). All sessions are free and open to the public.