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Seminar 10:
Liturgical music and congregational song: ...


Liturgical music and congregational song: Resonances of a personal journey in church music

What are the identifiable elements of good church music from the vast heritage of the past four hundred years? Where might we look for some semblance of unity in the multiplicity and diversity of style and culture which proliferates in liturgical music today? This seminar offers participants the opportunity of discussing current issues in church music, ranging from the amateur to the professional, high church to evangelical worship, poetry, text, language, culture, theology, and much more besides.

Melville Waters will approach these issues from his catholicity of background and experience. He was born into a Methodist manse, and immersed from his earliest memories in the sounds of organ, choir and congregational hymnody. During his undergraduate years, he was actively involved in the composition and performance of contemporary church music. Simultaneously, and seemingly by way of contradiction, he found that he was drawn increasingly to the spiritual, liturgical and musical traditions of the Roman Catholic Church.

Professor Waters and his wife, Nina, were received into the Roman Catholic Church almost ten years later. They are parishoners of St Francis Church, Lonsdale Street.

DateTuesday 28 August
Time7.30 - 9.30 pm
VenueSt Peter's, Eastern Hill, Melbourne
Cost$15 (includes light refreshment)

Conductor: Associate Prof Melville Waters,
Director of the Melba Memorial Conservatorium of Music



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