Professor Gavin D'Costa from the Department of Religion & Theology has recently been working with colleagues from the Department of Music on an inter-disciplinary project pertaining to Jewish-Christian relations. Research by Dr Kati Ihnat (Old Hispanic Office project, with PI Dr Emma Hornby; both from the Department of Music) stimulated a collaboration between Professor Gavin D'Costa and Professor John Pickard (Music). Dr Ihnat has been exploring Christian-Jewish relations in early medieval Iberia, as expressed through the feast devoted to the Virgin Mary. Jews were required to attend church each year on this feast day. Professor Gavin D'Costa and Professor John Pickard have collaborated to produce a ten-minute musical work, Daughters of Zion. The underlying poem was written by D'Costa in response to Ihnat's findings, relating her research to modern materials. Pickard's score is for mezzo-soprano and chamber ensemble.
The piece will be premiered by Kokoro Ensemble at the Victoria Rooms on Sunday 5 February 2017 at 7.30 pm. All are welcome!