The 1943 Jubilee festival at Northampton

  • Peter Webster
Part of the Histories of the Sacred and Secular, 1700-2000 book series (HISASE)


This chapter and Chap. 4 together examine the full record of patronage for Northampton. The chapter begins by situating the church of St Matthew in its local context, and as a prominent example of an Anglo-Catholic church. It then examines the four ventures that together formed the jubilee festival of the church in 1943: an organ recital from George Thalben-Ball; a concert by the BBC Orchestra; new music from Benjamin Britten (his Rejoice in the Lamb) and from Michael Tippett; and finally (in 1944), the sculpture Madonna and Child by Henry Moore. It examines, in particular, the critical and public reactions to each work, and shows that the debates that the Moore sculpture provoked went to the very heart of what religious art was, and what it was for.

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  • Peter Webster
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  1. 1.Independent ScholarChichesterUK

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