Documentary on Duke in Cambridge

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Theology and the Arts in Dialogue
Tuesday, January 8, 2013

During Holy Week 2012, the Duke-Cambridge Collaboration, led by Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts Director Jeremy Begbie, met in conjunction with the Easter at King's celebration.

This three-part documentary intersperses interviews with composer James MacMillan, Divinity School professor Ellen Davis and pianist Cordelia Williams among others with extracts of the live performances of music and poetry which took place in King's College Chapel and Clare College Chapel during the week.

Part 1

This video highlights the consultation meetings that took place between scholars from Duke and Cambridge, and MacMillan to discuss his forthcoming setting of the St. Luke passion.


Part 2

On the Wednesday evening during Holy Week, Micheal O'Siadhail presented a series of poems based on the Servant Songs of Isaiah. The poems were performed in Clare Chapel at Cambridge University as a part of the Easter at King's week of music. Jeremy Begbie, founder of Duke Initiatives for Theology and the Arts, responded to one of O'Siadhail's variations. His piece for voices, organ and piano, "O you whose love laid out our skies" is performed by the Cambridge-Duke Voices, led by conductor Toby Young. The video includes commentary from Dr. Ellen Davis on the Passion and poetry.


Part 3

On Maundy Thursday, Jeremy Begbie and Cordelia Williams performed Visions de l'Amen by Olivier Messiaen in the antechapel of King's College Chapel. The "Illuminating Messiaen" photography exhibit was displayed behind Begbie and Williams and also in an exhibition at Corpus Christi Playroom.


Read more about the Duke-Cambridge Collaboration.