Classical art and his-story

Classical art and his-story

A great little look through the story of redmptive history via classical art: via Challies

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Friday Foto – 29.06.12

Friday Foto – 29.06.12

Taken from our window during a storm last week.

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Transpositions

Transpositions

Just a quick plug for my piece on Haydn’s Creation being featured at Transpositions today (a great blog for anyone interested in faith and the arts):  Read it here.

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Hipsters and being naff

Hipsters and being naff

I was going to write a post about how one doesn’t have to be a hipster in order to be an artist, but it was a bit naff. In fact, I often think that stuff I write about just sounds naff. Probably it is. You see, one of the things I struggle with as a blogger is the idea that I always have to have […]

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Kurt Willems on ‘Our God is greater’

Kurt Willems on ‘Our God is greater’

Kurt Willems over at Pangea has written a post arguing that Chris Tomlin’s song Our God is Greater, while true, is not necessarily helpful to sing. (Go and read his post first) Here’s the song: We’ve recently started singing it at our church, and I agree with Kurt that it is catchy, and lyrically true. In fact, I agree with much of what Kurt has […]

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How does this go again?

How does this go again?

The German repertoire system is somewhat different to theatres in most other countries, in that we perform productions over the whole season, instead of doing a run of shows and then moving on to the next piece in order. While we do stagger the premieres and revivals to certain degree, by this late stage in the season, a singer can be switching between any number […]

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First Schwarzwald hike

First Schwarzwald hike

We finally made it into the Schwarzwald (Black Forest) yesterday. We walked around 17km, from the bottom of Allerheiligen falls to the top of Schliffkopf, the highest mountain (1055m) in the northern part of the Black Forest, which was a climb of about 600m. The walk was aided, of course, by some of the local specialities:

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Learn how to use an SLR camera – a neat simulator

Learn how to use an SLR camera – a neat simulator

I first learnt to take pictures on my Grandpa’s Ricoh XR-1s (which he then gave me, and still occasionally use). It’s totally manual, it doesn’t even have aperture or shutter priority. It was a really good way to learn about exposure. At first, all I knew was that I had to change the aperture and shutter speed until the two indicators lined up. It took […]

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Meaning & memorisation

Meaning & memorisation

I’m often asked if I know what I’m singing about when I sing in a foreign language. To be honest, I think that almost every singer could point to a time  in a vocal workshop or masterclass when, asked what a particular word or phrase meant, they rising red embrassment of not knowing hit. My teacher once told me about being torn to shreds by […]

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Two helpful pieces on Worship songwriting

Two helpful pieces on Worship songwriting

The first from Bob Kauflin on when singing the gospel can become rote:   a formulaic approach to gospel-centered worship can lead to some of the following problems: thinking every song should be exclusively about justification, boldness before the throne, or our sins being completely forgiven. thinking every song list should climax with a “gospel” song. an inability to reference or articulate uniquely other aspects […]

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