Kathryn Crosweller Tells Us Why Performing Taize In Bristol's Oldest Place Of Worship Was Special!
Kathryn Crosweller's music has been described as a 'rich tapestry of ecumenical devotion to God', but following a week in the Taize community as a teenager she has a proven passion for the beautiful chants and melodies of the community's music.
How fitting that she recently performed the monastic Taize songs and chants at Bristol's oldest building, which has its roots in monastic tradition. She tells us about the very special evening...
(PICTURES: KATHRYN'S PERFORMANCE, CHRIST AT ST JAMES PRIORY, KATHRYN, GLASTONBURY ABBEY)
Kathryn please tell us about your recent concert at St James Priory in Bristol?
The concert was absolutely beautiful! I've performed at lots of venues in the past, and this one was definitely up there with the best - the atmosphere, the audience, the presence of God - it was all stunning. There were Christians there from across Bristol as well as residents at the St James Priory Project, which serves to provide accommodation for those struggling with addiction. It was a real honour to have so many people there to hear me sing! It was such an all round good experience, I'm considering deleting my YouTube videos and replacing them with ones from last night, to share it with everyone!
Why did you choose to have the concert at this special place - the oldest building in Bristol?
I visited St James Priory a few years ago for a Taizé service organised by a friend of mine, and have always wanted to go back and sing in the church. The acoustics and feeling of the church are absolutely sublime! I also wanted to go to St. James Priory because it is a Catholic church. I am an Anglican but sing and record many Catholic hymns, and it seemed like the perfect place to venture into Bristol from! It was a great chance to embrace the ecumenism I aim for in my music.
Do you feel that Taizé and the songs you sing is very close to the ethos of St James Priory - Compassion, acceptance, respect and empathy?
Absolutely. The essence of the Beatitudes - what I consider to be simplicity, humility and love - are central to my understanding of Christianity, and I think that they are also central to St. James Priory's approach. It's hard to put these things into practice in everyday life, but the positive ethos of the Priory creates a wonderful space to experience them.
Was it a special evening - what was on your playlist?
Did you feel that God spoke to you and the people there through your performance?
Will you be playing there again?
What are your forthcoming performances?
Anything you want to add?
Thank you for your continued support!! It's so lovely to be in touch with what other Christians around Bath are up to, and it's a real privilege to be able to speak to so many through Springboard Bath.
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