Christmas presents a golden opportunity to present brand new music to wide audiences, and the role played by St John’s College Choir in this area has been significant, as demonstrated by new recording of traditional and contemporary choral works. The recording features Michael Finnissy’s John the Baptist, written for the Choir for its BBC Advent broadcast in 2014.
Their Warner Classics debut makes clear that Christina & Michelle Naughton show great imagination in their programming: Messiaen's mystical and epic Visions de l'Amen, composed during World War II, appears alongside John Adams' boisterous and percussive Hallelujah Junction, inspired by a truck stop on the border of Nevada and California. The CD is completed with J.S. Bach's serenely moving Gotttes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit, BWV 106, in an arrangement by the contemporary Hungarian composer Gyorgy Kurtag.
Brian Bennett, drummer of the Shadows; Brian Bennett: triple Ivor Novello Award winning film and TV score composer; Brian Bennett, member of the SODS (Society Of Distinguished Songwriters, and former “King Sod”) - writer of hits such as “Summer Holiday”, Brian Bennett whose barn burned down recently destroying his studio and irreplaceable collection of antique drum kits. He’s a busy man, Brian Bennett, and he’s had a long and interesting life so far. Once the young resident drummer at the famous “Two 1’s” coffee bar in Old Compton Street, his stellar career has now brought him to the point when his new instrumental album – a tribute to his friend and idol, John Barry – is being released on Dramatico Records. This is a powerful and impressive album, superbly produced and orchestrated – with the assistance of his son Warren Bennett.
This documentary details previously unknown correspondence between Pope John Paul II, now Saint John Paul II in the Catholic Church, and an American woman. Through the course of hundreds of letters over three decades, a deep and close relationship began between the then-Cardinal Karol Wojtyla and Polish-American philosopher Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka continued after he was elected Pope John Paul II.
BBC broadcaster Edward Stourton was ushered into a room in one of Europe's most celebrated libraries, and shown a pile of papers so sensitive that only a handful knew they existed. They were the intimate letters of a saint-Pope John Paul II-to a Polish-American woman. This documentary reveals these letters to the world for the first time-opening an unprecedented window into the inner life of a man in the act of making history.