SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Matthew Schellhorn

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August 06, 2020
For a composer whose main sphere of influence was in that most secular of institutions – the Hollywood film industry – Ennio Morricone, who has died aged 91, had a lot to say about the path taken by the Catholic Church in the 20th century. His fecund musical voice, which produced over 400 film soundtracks
May 15, 2020
Liturgical musicians need prayers. Many are unable to work during the pandemic – and the nature of their working conditions makes them especially vulnerable. For those with fixed employment contracts – cathedral musicians, for instance – there is government support. But freelancers are in a more difficult position. Along with money worries, many are distressed
September 30, 2019
Coming soon to a church near you: a sea of backlit mobile phone and tablet screens creating a fittingly reverential aura round the People of God. I often think of the Catholic Church as resembling a symphony orchestra, and my forecast is based on the news of the BBC Philharmonic’s recent technological initiative. From the
September 03, 2016
John Rastell's work affected our liturgical experience forever
February 18, 2016
The avant-garde composer's infamous piece reminds us that we need silence
March 19, 2015
Composers all over the world are hungry to write sacred music
July 18, 2014
A concert pianist explains how his experience as a carer led him to reject the Assisted Dying Bill
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