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Luke and Rembrandt

December 19th, 2010 No Comments

This morning we had some help from the master painter, Rembrandt van Rijn, in hearing God. His painting of the events of Luke 2:22-38 is sometimes called ‘Simeon and Anna Recognise the Lord in Jesus’ (most other famous paintings of the scene are called the much less insightful ‘The Presentation at the Temple’, also this […]

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A Tale of Two Texts

December 5th, 2009 No Comments

When Georg Frideric Handel was in the middle of writing the Hallelujah Chorus, one of the most famous pieces of music in the world, he was interrupted by his assistant, who had been banging on his study door for ages, not getting any reply.  Handel looked up, in tears, and said ‘I thought I saw […]

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Happy Handel Advent!

November 27th, 2009 No Comments

Do you remember the awesome youtube clip Mouse played earlier this year of the silent monks ‘singing’ the Hallelujah Chorus? It’s a slightly unorthodox performance of the most famous song from Georg Frideric Handel’s Messiah, an oratorio (or big piece for a choir) that started out as an Easter-type piece, but is now very popular […]

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