IN 2016-17 WE HOSTED THESE TALKS:

15th November - Rev Dr Michael Cullinan

Maryvale Higher Institute of Religious Sciences
EIGHT DAYS OF CREATION

13th December - Guy Consolmagno SJ

Director of the Vatican Observatory
THE HEAVENS PROCLAIM: ASTRONOMY AS WORSHIP

Thursday 12th January - THE CREATION
A concert featuring the great oratorio by Franz Josef Haydn

- performed by the singers and instrumentalists of the Scherzo consort, Director of Music Matthew O'Keeffe.


17th January - Adam Shaeffer

PhD Research, Dept. of Theology, Durham University
TOLKEIN'S Ainulindalë AND THE MULTIPLE ENRICHMENT OF CREATION

7th February - Giacomo Berchi

Master’s Research in Literature, Università della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano
LET THERE BE LIGHTS: THE FOURTH DAY OF CREATION FROM THE BIBLE TO THE PRESENT DAY

7th March - Prof. William Carroll

Faculty of Theology and Religion University of Oxford, Founder member of Benedictus Academic Team
CREATION AND CONTEMPORARY COSMOLOGY: FROM STEPHEN HAWKING TO THOMAS AQUINAS

28th March - Fr John Hemer MHM

Formation Advisor, Allen Hall Seminary
WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT CREATION?: more than you think

25th April - Dr Michael Hurley

Faculty of English, University of Cambridge
CREATING FAITH: JOHN HENRY NEWMAN'S LITERARY LOGIC

16th May - Fr Armand de Malleray

Priest of the Fraternity of St Peter, writer on art and faith
GRACE AS RE-CREATION IN CARAVAGGIO'S CALLING OF ST MATTHEW



Benedictus & the Order of Malta Lecture Series 2015-16


THE ARCHITECTURE OF THE MASS

Benedictus, with the Grand Priory of England, Sovereign Military Order of Malta and the London Oratory, collaborated on a lecture series to discover more about the history, music, architecture and liturgy of the Mass.

The shared commitment of our organisations to both intellectual and spiritual education brought us together in this endeavour to make accessible to everyone the opportunity to learn more about the Mass from experts. Videos of all lectures can be found on our YouTube Channel.


The Early History of the Mass. Fr Michael Lang

Later History of the Mass. Fr Anthony Robbie

Making the Ordinary extraordinary.Mr Matthew O'Keeffe

Music and the Mass. Mr Christopher Francis

Architecture of the Sacred Space. Dr Clare Hornsby FSA

Architecture of the Church.Fr Peter Newby

Theology of the Mass Part I. Stephen Morrison O.Praem

Theology of the Mass Part II. Mr Sebastian Morello.


Dante: A Man for all Seasons
Professor John Took, a Dante specialist, gives a mesmerising and fascinating lecture on Dante in the 750th anniversary of his birth. Watch it here

Art & Music in Medieval Europe
Dr Clare Hornsby, art historian, and Matthew O'Keeffe, music scholar, take us through the art and music of medieval Europe, discussing the influence of theology, philosophy and patronage on the arts. Watch it here

Medieval Music Concert
Matthew O'Keeffe and the Scherzo Ensemble sing wonderful pieces of medieval music including polyphony,monophony, organum, motets and more. Watch it here


Benedictus at the Oratory

The Council of Florence: Diplomacy, Theology and The Arts in early Renaissance Italy A lecture with live music focussing on the impact of the Council of Florence on the arts with the music of Guillaume Dufay performed by the Scherzo ensemble. A video of images and music is on our Youtube channel click here

The Council of Trent: The Arts in Response to the Tridentine Reform: Church Militant & Church Triumphant A lecture exploring the developments in art and music following the Council of Trent. The video including images and links to the music is now available on our Youtube channel - click here to watch.

Revisiting the Renaissance - March 2015

Our first series of public events was a great success. A lecture entitled "The Renaissance and the World" was given by the internationally noted historian and writer Professor Felipe Fernandez-Armesto (William P. Reynolds Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame, USA), exploring the possibilities of international influences on a very European phenomenon and arguing against some of the widely held beliefs about the Renaissance. The video is available on our Youtube channel - click here to watch.

A lecture tour of the National Gallery looking at a selection of the wonderful sacred and secular Renaissance paintings in the gallery led by Director of Benedictus, Dr Clare Hornsby was followed by a choral concert performed by the Scherzo ensemble in the chapel of King's College. The programme focused on three important figures of the Franco-Flemish School of polyphony. Josquin Des Prez - a true father of the ‘renaissance sound’- and two of his students, Nicolas Gombert & Clemens Non Papa. The video is available on our Youtube channel - click here to watch.