Led by Dr George Corbett and Tom Wilkinson, this collaborative project explores how an appreciation of the profound spirituality and faith of many composers in the Classical tradition may influence the performance and reception of their music. Where Historically Informed Performance (HIP), arguably the most influential development in classical music performance in the twentieth century, focused almost exclusively on style, Theologically Informed Performance (TIP) privileges the spiritual content of the music.
ITIA (The Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts) will provide expertise on the relationship between theology and music, research on the theological contexts of the musical programme, as well as help curating secular and liturgical performances by the choir.
‘St Salvator’s is an outstanding chapel choir, and ITIA is delighted to be collaborating with Tom Wilkinson and the superb musicians in the choir. Composers from Bach to James MacMillan have been inspired by their Christian faith, and music is for many people, whether believers or not, a profound spiritual, intellectual and emotional resource. The Theoartistry recording, entitled ‘Annunciations’, is an opportunity to celebrate the way that the divine seems to speak to humanity through music.’ — George Corbett
‘St Salvator’s Chapel Choir and I are delighted to be teaming up with Dr Corbett and ITIA. This project will probe the very nature of what we as a chapel choir do, and we anticipate that the process will be very rewarding for everyone involved. It’s always exciting to work with James MacMillan, with whom we’ve worked several times before.’ — Tom Wilkinson