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We Three Kings: Music, Art, Legends & Poetry inspired by the Magi Peter Medhurst Thursday 14 December 2017

Please note this lecture starts at 10.45 am

The Bible gives us very little information about the wise men who came from the East bearing Christ the famous gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. All reference to them is housed in the opening chapter of St Matthew’s Gospel and what information is given is surrounded by ambiguity and approximation. However, by contrast, there is no shortage of music, poetry and art that has been inspired by these men, and this lecture examines the impact of the Three Kings on the culture of later generations. Music performed includes: The Three Kings – Cornelius, The People that Walked in Darkness from Messiah – Handel, The Coventry Carol – Traditional, I Saw Three Ships – Traditional, Where is He that is Born King of the Jews? From Christus – F Mendelssohn.

Peter Medhurst appears in the UK and abroad as musician and scholar, giving recitals and delivering illustrated lectures on music and the arts, as well as taking groups to Europe. He studied singing and early keyboard instruments at the Royal College of Music and at the Mozarteum in Salzburg.