Explorations of Musical Theology, with a particular emphasis on the Franciscan tradition.
My book “Hidden Music” brings together many of the themes of my work over many years, and includes idea from several of my talks to the Fintry Trust, The Friends of Sophia and other groups.
Beginning with personal experience it asks how is it that things, music, places communicate their individual quality or character to us? The answer has to be that everyting shares a hidden language – the HIdden Music.
This book focuses on Franciscan tradition and shows that St Francis and his followers were the flowering of a much older tradition in which the inherent harmonies in Creation wove works, music drawn by love to find unity.
The book refers to very up-to-date research and is, I hope, both entertaining and surprising,
Hidden Music is available from Amazon and Great British Bookshop.
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A short film.
A film about the language of Creation
A Talk for the Fintry Trust, 22/11/21, telling the story of how a Roman martyr became Patron Saint of Music, how and why she became so important in England, and, perhaps, an Image of divine Harmony, or the Soul of the World.
Two talks for the Fintry Trust on the 13thc Franciscan theologian Saint Bonaventure, the Seraphic Doctor, with a particular emphasis on the medieval view of the Cosmos and Creation.
Two talks for the Fintry Trust on the Venetian Franciscan, Framcesco Giorgi, his book De Harmonia Mundi, and his influence in post-Reformation England.