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Cathedral Talk And Music: John Stainer – A Life In Music (Professor Jeremy Dibble And The Choir Of St Mary’s Cathedral)

By | Published on Monday 14 August 2023

‘The Crucifixion’ is finally out of copyright so there’s a significant new edition. Boldly, Professor Dibble began his talk by explaining which well respected academics, theologians and musicians denigrated Stainer’s compositions and why. He gave a comprehensive historical and musical analysis of this 1887 work, setting it firmly in the Romantic Victorian context that so irritated its detractors. The musical illustrations were performed by one of the UK’s leading cathedral choirs and this is where an interesting and erudite talk came brilliantly alive – not just because of the quality of the singing but because Professor Dibble looked pleased, switched off his mic and sang along. Academic detachment and empiricism merged seamlessly with likeable enthusiasm and, later, we sang too.

St Mary’s Cathedral, run ended.
tw rating 5/5 | [Louise Rodgers]