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Events for January/February 2011

Events.jpgThe King James Authorized Version of the Bible, created exactly 400 years ago, is one of the treasures of the English language. It has left its mark on our daily speech as well as our literature. The London Institute for Contemporary Christianity says that  'As the handbook for Christian worship and instruction in the English-speaking world for over 300 years, it has inspired vast amounts of music, in hymns, anthems, spirituals and oratorios.

To mark the anniversary of its publication  the Institute has invited In Voice and Verse to deliver a concert celebrating the impact of the Bible in words and music. The actor Lance Pierson will recite key passages from the Bible interspersed with performances of famous pieces of music which those words inspired, sung by Belinda Yates. The music will include excerpts from Haydn's 'Creation', Handel's 'Messiah', Mendelssohn's 'Oh for the Wings of a Dove' and SS Wesley's 'Blessed be the God and Father' among many others.

The concert will take place on Thursday 3rd February at St Peter's, Vere Street, London, W1G 0DQ. Admission costs £10 (concessions £7) and reservations can be made by email via mail@ or by calling the booking hotline at 0207 399 9555

The anniversary will be celebrated at events throughout the year. In Jan/Feb look out for Great and Manifold Blessings: The Making of the King James Bible, an exhibition at Cambridge University Library (begins January 18), and a lecture at Merton College Oxford entitled The Making of the King James Bible, 1604-1611 (Jan 25). The King James Trust has a long list at events/upcoming.

The start of the new year is a good time to plan your summer festivals. Two that we can heartily recommend are Solas (which runs from June 24-26 at Wiston, South Lanarkshire) and Greenbelt (August 26-29 at Cheltenham Racecourse).

Both festivals are rooted in the Christian tradition, celebrating (and exploring) the relationships between art, faith and justice. Line-up planning is already underway, and we can guarantee a fine selection of music, theatre, comedy and children's activities, not forgetting the thought-provoking lectures and debates.
Tickets for Solas cost £85 (£55 concessions), while kids under 11 go free. Adult admission to Greenbelt is £99 - if you're quick!