Bernard Beatty is Senior Fellow in the School of English at Liverpool University. From 1988-2005 he was Editor of the Byron Journal. He is the author of Byron’s ‘Don Juan’, Byron and the Limits of Fiction (with Vincent Newey), Liberty and Poetic Licence: New Essays on Byron (with Charles Robinson), and The Plays of Lord Byron (with Robert Gleckner). His other published essays are on the Bible, poetry and the Bible, literary theory and theology, Bunyan, Dryden, Rochester, Dickens, and most of the Romantics. He plays the organ and lives in Chester, England.
Prof. Ian Bradley is Principal of St Mary’s College and Reader in Church History & Practical Theology. He teaches and publishes in the areas of Scottish spirituality, hymnody, liturgy, pilgrimage, the spirituality of water, nineteenth-century music, and theology and popular culture (including the only University course in the world on the theology of musical theatre). He welcomes applications for postgraduate research on aspects of hymnody and church music, musical theatre and operetta, pilgrimage and Scottish spirituality.
Dr Michael Downes has been Director of Music at the University of St Andrews since 2008, having previously studied and lectured at the universities of Cambridge and Sussex. His research interests include contemporary music, nineteenth and twentieth-century French music, and opera and musical theatre. He is interested in the expression of religious and spiritual ideas in music: his first book (published by Ashgate in 2009) deals with two works by Jonathan Harvey which set Indian religious texts. As a conductor, Michael has premiered numerous works by young British composers with the Bergamo Ensemble, a London-based group which he founded in 1999; since moving to Scotland, he has established St Andrews Opera and has become the musical director of the St Andrews Chorus. He is a regular reviewer of music books for the Times Literary Supplement, and frequently lectures on music and opera for organisations including the Royal Opera House.
Dr William Hyland is Teaching Fellow in Church History at St Mary’s College. He specializes in Medieval Church history, with a particular focus on monasticism and spirituality. Dr Hyland is President of the editorial board of the book series Premonstratensian Texts and Studies (Cistercian Publications), and author of Custody of the Heart: Selected Spiritual Writings of Abbot Martin Veth, OSB. He welcomes enquiries for PhD supervision in the following areas: medieval monastic spirituality; the influence of Christian monasticism on the wider culture; connections between monastic spirituality and the arts.
Prof. Paul Mealor, composer, was catapulted to international attention in April 2011, when 2.5 billion people heard his Motet, ‘Ubi caritas’ performed at the Royal Wedding Ceremony of Prince William and Catherine Middleton. It since topped the classical singles charts all over the world. In July 2011, Mealor signed to Decca Records and in December 2011 his song ‘Wherever You Are’ for Gareth Malone’s Military Wives became the Christmas No 1. His music is primarily for choir and almost always settings of sacred texts. Mealor won two Classic Brit Awards and was voted Classic FM’s favourite living composer. He is a Vice-President of the Llangollen International Eisteddfod and President of Ty Cerdd – the National Centre for Music in Wales as well as being Patron of the Welsh Music Guild and of the North East of Scotland Music School. He is Professor of Composition at the University of Aberdeen.
Prof. Patrick Sherry is Professor Emeritus at Lancaster University. His current research is in theological aesthetics. Prof. Sherry is author of Spirit and Beauty: An Introduction to Theological Aesthetics (Second Edition, SCM Press 2002) and Images of Redemption: Art, Literature and Salvation (T&T Clark, 2003). His current research is focused on the idea of wonder.
Prof. Jeremy Begbie
Thomas A. Langford Research Professor
Duke Divinity School, Duke University