The Choir of St James’, directed by Warren Trevelyan-Jones, performs music for Lent, and explores themes of captivity and freedom, personal struggle and renewal, with music by William Byrd, Philip Moore and many others. Dietrich Bonhoeffer was executed in a Nazi concentration camp in April 1945, only weeks before the camp was liberated. Philip Moore’s sensitive settings of excepts from Bonhoeffer’s Letters and Papers from Prison capture the author’s faith and doubt, hope and despair. Similarly, the whole gamut of human emotion is on display in Byrd’s setting of Savonarola’s meditation on Psalm 51 Infelix ego as the Italian priest endured horrific torture and faced imminent death.
Preceding the concert at 3pm is the St James’ Institute event, Captivity and Freedom in the Writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Dr Katherine Firth presents a seminar on the theologian’s writings, which invite us to ask what captivity really means, and what it is to have freedom.
Cocktails in the Crypt:
A fundraising event for the St James’ Organ Appeal, following the concert at 6.30pm. Tickets $30. To book, contact the event organiser.
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