Episode 11

Published on:

28th Jul 2021

S2EP11 - Sacred Music

Bishop Umbers and Silvana Scarfe chat with guest, Thomas Wilson, the Director of Music for St Mary's Cathedral, Sydney.

In this episode, Thomas speaks about the importance of Sacred Music and it's place in the Liturgy, what the day-to-day life of a Director of Music for the Mother Church in Australia looks like, and some tips for those not familiar with sacred music.

Thomas's suggested composers to check-out:

  • Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
  • Thomas Tallis
  • William Byrd

Listen to Thomas' podcast Staved Off.

For more information on St Mary's Cathedral Choir, including hearing recordings, click here.

To view online livestreams of Holy Mass and other Liturgical celebrations from St Mary's Cathedral, check out their YouTube page here.

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The Episcopal Podcast
The Episcopal Podcast is a show where, in the context of a friendly discussion and/or interview, we bring the elements of the Christian intellectual tradition to bear on contemporary issues.
The Episcopal Podcast is an initiative of intellectual formation by Bishop Richard Umbers, auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of Sydney.
In the context of a fortnightly informal discussion with co-hosts and guests, the podcast aims to bring awareness to the riches that make up the Christian intellectual tradition, which includes philosophy, theology, history, the sciences, languages and the arts. Conversations will last between 30 and 45 minutes and be organised around discussions on specific topics, both historical and contemporary.

The podcast will do more than visit academic museum pieces, but also bring that tradition to bear on the lives of Christians and all of good will. This flows from the basic commitment that genuine intellectual endeavour is not meant to be an opportunity to display the individual prowess of a select class, but works for the common good of all. Because of this, the podcast will make the content of the intellectual tradition as relatable as possible to as many people as possible, without losing sight of the intellectual heart of the program. Because the podcast is aimed for the common good, it also seeks to have an international focus, bringing together guests from Australia and also overseas.

The podcast also aims to partner up with established intellectual formation event providers, including but not exclusive to Scholarship in the Cathedral and the QndA series by the Institute for Ethics and Society at the University of Notre Dame Australia. This partnership could involve interviews with presenters, as well as the distribution of audio recordings arising from these events.