Sacred Music: The Pleasure Paradox

A Two-Part Lecture Series with Robert Busiakiewicz

Part 1: Wednesday 31st May, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.
Part 2: Wednesday 7th June, 2023 at
7:30 p.m.

In this two part lecture series, Robert Busiakiewicz will be examining what it means and has meant to enjoy sacred music. Should we enjoy it? Do we have a choice? How have some styles of music become taboo and polarising across different traditions? Where does my soul and body come into this? What is the role of connoisseurship, and who decides what is ‘good’ church music? Join us for two talks with plenty of stimulating musical examples and opportunities for Q&A.

Robert Busiakiewicz served as director of music at St. James Cathedral from 2015-2020, and has recently led choirs such as King’s College Halifax, Opus 8, and Choir 21. He has taught at King’s College London and the University of Toronto.

Live-stream for May 31 | Live-stream for June 7

About the Speaker

Robert BusiakiewiczAn acclaimed British conductor, composer and performer, Robert Busiakiewicz trained at the Frank Schmidt Musikschule, Vienna, the Royal Academy of Music, London, and was a choral scholar at King’s College Cambridge. He has taught at King’s College London, and been a guest lecturer at the University of Toronto. He was interim director of music at the University of King’s College in Halifax in 2022, and served as director of music at St. James Cathedral Toronto from 2015-2020. He has recorded 17 albums of choral music, and has been commissioned by Christ Church Cathedral Victoria, The King’s Singers, The London Festival of Church Music, The Cincinnati May Festival, Cardiff Polyphonic Choir, Southwell Minster, and Bradford Cathedral.

Sacred Music: The Pleasure Paradox