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St Margaret of Scotland Lecture and Choral Mass

Mass in St Salvator's Chapel

World-renowned Scottish composer and conductor Sir James MacMillan delivered the inaugural St Margaret of Scotland Lecture ‘Catholicism and Music’ at the University of St Andrews on Wednesday 19 February 2020.

The St Margaret of Scotland Lecture Series is a new initiative, co-organised by the University’s School of Divinity and the Canmore Chaplaincy for University Catholics, in the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh, which commemorates the life and legacy of Queen Margaret of Scotland and focuses on intersections between Catholicism and theology or the arts.

The lecture series is a collaboration between the University’s School of Divinity, the University Chaplaincy and the Chaplaincy for University Catholics in the town of St Andrews to create an annual, ecumenical event that celebrates the links between the School and its Catholic students and staff.

As Professor of Theology, Imagination and the Arts at St Andrews, Sir James is involved in teaching and research related to music and questions of the sacred.

The lecture was followed by an academic procession and a choral mass presided over by the Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh, Leo Cushley.

At the choral Mass the University’s St Salvator’s choir sung MacMillan’s Newman Mass Setting in thanksgiving for the canonisation of John Henry Newman as a Saint in the Roman Catholic Church on 13 October 2019 by Pope Francis.


Issued by the University of St Andrews Communications Office.

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