“When I conduct, the notes arrive from Above; they pass through my hands and I return them as if I were an instrument that coordinates something already present in immensity.” These are the words Italian pianist, conductor and composer, Damiana Natali uses to describe herself in Credere magazine.
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For the Poor Clare community of Arundel the idea that a record label might be interested in releasing an album of their music started out as a joke. “We heard that someone wanted to come along to Vespers to listen in,” says Sr Gabriel. “And we thought he’d come along, hear us, and we’d never hear from him again.”
Ludwig van Beethoven was born in Bonn on December 16, 1770, and died in Vienna on March 26, 1827. Hence December 2020 will mark the 250th anniversary of his birth. Among the great musicians of 19th-century Germany, Beethoven is certainly the best known and most popular.
The album Rifles & Rosary Beads is Louisiana folk singer Mary Gauthier’s latest album. The singer-songwriter has had a complex life, marked by suffering and pain after her parents abandoned her as a child. A life of many excesses followed, before she found her salvation and identity through music.
The renowned Catholic composer, Sir James Macmillan, has composed a set of Motets for a private Catholic chapel at a grand English country house. A few days ago, I was fortunate to be among those present when he conducted the Motets as they were performed in public for the first time, at St Edmund’s College, Cambridge, to an appreciative audience of mainly academics and students.
The Flame Anthem has been composed by Edwin Fawcett, vocalist, pianist, producer, composer, songwriter. Gospel-influenced, London-based, Catholic, wholehearted, growing. Flame Congress is to be held on the 24th of March, 2012, at Wembley Arena in London.