Saturday, 12 January 2013

Revisiting Encounter's August 2012 review of religious music ...

Listened again to this ABC Encounter August 2012 program intended to raise awareness of the existence of the vast range of religious music genres that co-exist quite happily in Oz. Paste the link to your URL to link to the website / audio.

The examples given are impressive, but certainly don't cover the ground fully. No ABC programmer has, for instance, visited the Indian Catholic community that holds its feast days at Our Lady Queen of Peace Wentworthville, to record their intricate liturgical music. Sydney's Samoan and Tongan Choirs, and the Ntaria Aboriginal Women's Choir, are also due for an airing.

However, this Encounter program did demonstrate that many varieties of ancient and modern "classical" religious and Church music are accepted and widely used, by skilled practitioners, in contemporary worship in Australia, a fact that is sometimes forgotten.

More please, Encounter.

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