The church and the world of classical music share a common balancing act these days: they have to navigate carefully around the boundary of respecting and honouring the heart of their existence and somehow presenting their message in a way that connects with people in 2019. As we do this I firmly believe that we can have our cake and eat it, but it needs innovative approaches and careful judgment calls that do not compromise the very things people may ultimately want from us. Our starting point must surely be to have clarity about which aspects of our timeless, unchanging roots are the best starting point for reaching people today. Relevance and integrity are everything.
On Thursday 17th October Truro Cathedral Choir will join forces with the City of London Sinfonia for a concert with a difference. The title of the concert, The Fruit of Silence, gives a good flavour of the evening. As the blurb goes: “The performances will take place in different parts of the cathedral and the audience is encouraged to move around the building for a truly immersive experience. The music is meditative, calm and enveloping … by present-day composers who explore the mystic through their music, such as Arvo Pärt and Dobrinka Tabakova.”
Every single one of the pieces being performed is utterly beautiful and will, I hope, transport listeners, but our aim is that the whole will be greater than the sum of the parts and that the cumulative effect of the carefully chosen music will be profoundly satisfying.
For more information about the City of London Sinfonia and Truro Cathedral Choir concert visit our What's On section