I’ve made a Cantoria.
My Cantoria was inspired by the two Cantorias in Florence: two small singers’ balconies with exquisite 1430s sculptures of Psalm 150 by Luca della Robbia (1431) and Donatello (1434):
“ … Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord”
My Cantoria is for the Descendants of Korah.
The Sons of Korah were a group of sacred musicians who wrote and sang such beautiful familiar words …
Ps 42:1 As the hart longs for flowing streams so longs my soul for thee O God…
Ps 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble…
Ps 47:1 Clap your hands all peoples! Shout to God with loud songs of joy …
Ps 48:1 Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised…
In my limited small-town 1950s youth Hymns Ancient and Modern seemed set in stone for ever and ever Amen.
Then suddenly in the 70s 80s and 90s I witnessed an explosive outpouring of creativity in a whole range of Christian music and was surprised and delighted to meet creative Christians across the world who were a whole new generation of Descendants of Korah.
In that tradition sometimes the music in our service booklets is signed by Dennis Webster.
Dennis, in your new vicarage I hope my Cantoria can hang above your keyboards where you compose,
acknowledging the Biblical heritage of your music compositions,
celebrating those creative believers who like you
can claim the Sons of Korah as their artistic ancestors.
Base text by Elaine Warne.Speech of thanks to Dennis at Farewell Evensong 2017