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Eric Symes Abbott Lecture - James MacMillan: The Most Spiritual of the Arts

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The Composor, Conductor and Artistic Director Sir James MacMillan will deliver the 34th Eric Symes Abbot Memorial Lecture at Westminster Abbey on Thursday 9th May 2019 at 6.15 pm.

The subject of this year's lecture is 'The Most Spiritual of the Arts: Music, Modernity, and the Search for the Sacred'.

As a composer with an acute interest in the theological reflections which underpin much of what he does, Sir James MacMillan tries here to account for this art form which religious and non-religious alike often refer to as ‘the most spiritual of the arts’. He argues that the search for the sacred did not end with modernity in music and that, if anything, it has grown and become more complex.


The Eric Symes Abbott Memorial Lectures are given in memory of Dean Eric Symes Abbott (1906-1983), who was at various times Dean of King's College London, Warden of Lincoln Theological College, Warden of Keble College Oxford, and Dean of Westminster. The Eric Symes Abbott Memorial Fund was endowed after his death by his friends to provide for an annual lecture on spirituality and pastoral theology. Past lecturers include the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, the Rt Hon Dame Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, and the playwright David Hare.



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What are my transport/parking options getting to the event? Public transport is advised. For those with special needs, please e-mail special.events@westminster-abbey.org. The nearest underground stations are Westminster and St James's Park.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket (s) to the event? Yes please.

What is the dress code? Day dress.
What time do the doors open? 5.50 pm

How long is the lecture? The lecture is due to last around one hour.

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