Centenary Anthem for Trinity College Chapel

A new anthem was commissioned for the century anniversary of the Horsfall Chapel at Trinity College, the University of Melbourne, ‘Sunlight Touches the Roses (Horsfall)’ with words by Katherine Firth and music by Peter Campbell. The anthem was directed by Chris Watson and sung by the Choir of Trinity College, one of the premiere sacred music ensembles in Australia.

The first performance was on Friday 6 October 2017 at a service for Founders and Benefactors of the College, and a second performance on Saturday 25 November for the anniversary of the consecration of the chapel.

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The words and music draw from the present setting of the building, its history as the chapel of Trinity College and Janet Clarke Hall (in 1917 Trinity College and Trinity Women’s Hostel), from the prayers and hymns in the opening services of the new chapel, and ends with a doxology of hope for the future.

Read more about the chapel and the chapel choir.

Deck the Halls with Advent Heat

Peter Campbell and my first every collaboration, ‘In Advent Heat’, will be performed at three concerts in Melbourne and Bendigo. (This makes 6 performances of 3 seperate works in the space of a fortnight!)

Join Melbourne chamber choir Polyphonic Voices and kick off the festive season with Deck the Halls, a distinctly Australian-flavoured concert of Christmas music featuring celebrated local composers alongside more traditional Christmas carols and everything in between. Guests will be treated to suitably themed drinks and nibbles ahead of a performance that will feature unaccompanied choral music from the past 500 years, from countries such as Argentina, Finland, Germany, France, the USA, UK and Sweden. Interwoven throughout will be arrangements or original compositions by young Melbournians Dan Walker, Daniel Riley and Peter Campbell, and a new composition by talented Sydney-based composer Alice Chance. With two performances in Parkville’s beautiful Wyslaskie Auditorium, there’s no better way to entertain the prospect of Christmas and holidays!

This program will be repeated a week later at St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral in Bendigo on Saturday 9th December at 6pm.
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Event details:
Deck the Halls, presented by Polyphonic Voices
Friday 1st December, 8pm
Saturday 2nd December, 8pm
Drinks and nibbles served each evening from 7pm
Standard $40 / Student $20
Wyslaskie Auditorium – Centre for Theology & Ministry
29 College Crescent, Parkville VIC 3052
Tickets from www.polyphonicvoices.com

Southern Cantata for St John’s Southgate

A new commission for the St John’s Canata Program.

World premiere of a new cantata commissioned to celebrate the 20th anniversary of St Johns Cantata Program

Southern Cantata (Opus 102, 2017)
by Andrew Schultz, libretto by Katherine Firth

for 2 soloists, chorus and period instrument orchestra of strings, trumpet, theorbo, timpani, harpsichord and organ

St Johns Bach Choir and Orchestra
Kate Macfarlane (soprano), Robert Macfarlane (tenor)
dir. Graham Lieschke

Guest Preacher: Tom Peitsch
Pastor of Outer Eastern Lutheran Church & former pastor of St Johns Southgate

Cantata in Context 8:30am in the Chapel
Discussion with the composer and poet about the  new cantata

Read more

 

Reading Advice published in the Times Higher Education online

A post from my Research Degree Voodoo blog was republished in the Times Higher Education online.

Read the article here:

Often we think that we learned to read by the time we were about 8. We know that we have to continue to learn to write and that the thesis is a major writing task that we have to learn how to succeed in – and there’s a lot of books, advice and workshops out there on improving doctoral writing.

But a lot of the difficulties that doctoral students have in getting started, in powering through the shitty middle, and in getting to completion, are actually caused by reading. And why? Because, and I hate to tell you this, you’re probably reading wrong.

The five biggest reading mistakes and how to avoid them:
Katherine Firth on why you should approach texts less like a Victorian maiden and more like a pirate hero

 

 

Going Home: Head of Academic Programs at Trinity College

On 21 July 2014, Katherine Firth returns ‘home’ to Trinity College, the University of Melbourne.

In 2009, Katherine joined the college as a Visiting Research Fellow and Director of Studies (Arts), tutoring and researching in the Residential College. She was Secretary of the Senior Common Room, before moving on to work full-time in Student Services at the University of Melbourne. She maintained her connection to the college, however, retaining the research fellowship and becoming adjunct faculty at the Trinity College Theological School (associated with the University of Divinity).

From 21 July, she will return to the college as Head of Academic Programs, a senior role with responsibility for the Residential College’s tutorial and visiting scholar’s programs.

Image by the Melbourne Experience blogger  http://www.melbexperience.com/

Image by the Melbourne Experience blogger
http://www.melbexperience.com/

Invited paper on ‘The Arts of Peace and the 1953 Coronation’

An invited paper was given to the Royal Overseas League at ANZAC House on 26 May, 2014, on “The Arts of Peace and the 1953 Coronation: Creating a new, modern and free Commonwealth”, discussing some of the findings from Katherine Firth’s doctoral thesis, recently published in the Finzi Journal

Discussed were A Garland for the Queen and, in passing, the Choral dances from Benjamin Britten’s opera, Gloriana. 

Launch of Johann Sebastian Bach’s St John Passion

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The launch of the Theological Commentary, by Andreas Loewe with a new scholarly translation by Katherine Firth will take place on Saturday 12 April 2014, at St Paul’s Cathedral Melbourne.

The Commentary will be launched by the Revd Professor Dorothy Lee, an expert on the Gospel of John, and Dean of Trinity College Theological School, and Frank Woods Distinguished Lecturer in Biblical Studies; and the Very Revd Dr Andreas Loewe, Dean of the Cathedral and author, will give a talk.

Following the launch, The Choir of Trinity College, Melbourne, will perform the St. John Passion, conducted by Jonathan Greives-Smith.

The Commentary will be available on the 12 April as an ebook, with the hardback copies coming in early May.

The Commentary can be ordered from all major online booksellers, or directly from the publisher.