Editor’s Note: With the latest TheoArtistry project exhibition set to launch in ten days, we take this opportunity to commemorate the inaugural project launched in ITIA five years ago – the TheoArtistry Composer’s Scheme – and celebrate the path it has taken since then. We hope you will enjoy this post from April 2017.
During the month of April, we are delighted to offer articles that will illuminate some of the work that has occurred in a new project within the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts (ITIA) at the University of St Andrews, one of the leading centres in the world for bringing together the study and practice of theology and the arts. Under the guidance of Dr George Corbett, TheoArtistry is an initiative that seeks to explore how ITIA’s world-leading research may impact the making and performing of the arts.
In its inaugural project, TheoArtistry seeks to focus on how ITIA may inspire new musical compositions and inform musical performance. Six outstanding young composers were chosen to work with renowned composer Sir James MacMillan, Dr George Corbett, and researchers from the School of Divinity at the University of St Andrews. Each composition focuses on a biblical passage on the theme of ‘Annunciations’, including Genesis 3, Genesis 32, Exodus 3, 1 Samuel 3, 1 Kings 19, and Song of Songs 3. Moreover, Dr Corbett and ITIA researchers are teaming up with Tom Wilkinson and St Salvator’s Chapel Choir to produce a new TheoArtistry recording.
Below is a trailer that further explains the impetus behind this exciting new endeavour, the Composers’ Scheme, as well as the collaboration between ITIA and St Salvator’s Chapel Choir.
On 6th-7th March 2018, TheoArtistry will host a two-day symposium, ‘Music as Theology,’ celebrating, and reflecting critically upon, these inaugural two TheoArtistry musical projects. It will further serve as the premiere of the ITIA-St Salvator’s Chapel Choir CD Recording ‘Annunciations’, and the launch of the TheoArtistry Film Documentary.
For more information on TheoArtistry and its projects, please visit their site.