Edwin Denby’s attempt to link the famous Nutcracker ballet with the message of Christmas – from “envy and pain” to “invention and social harmony” – offers only part of the potential religious content of this seasonal ritual, says Spencer Dew.
A Methodist organist is planning to use his hour on Trafalgar Square's fourth plinth this Sunday simply to make London happy with music. Peter Harding, organist at Acocks Green Methodist Church in Birmingham, will play the accordion to passers-by.
Conformity and concern about image are the enemies of truth, says Jill Segger. Yet they are everywhere in our testosterone-driven culture. Purity of heart enables us to respond to the unconventional or unexpected with integrity, as well as feeding clear-sighted conscience.
East London Against the Arms Fair are appealing directly to the state-owned Abu Dhabi Exhibition Company, owners of the ExCel Centre, to stop hosting the London Arms Fair in 2009 - with a musical message.
London teenager Zoe Oputah will make her recording debut after winning a national gospel talent competition, raising money and awareness for the anti-poverty work of UK-based international development agency Christian Aid.
Leading international development agency Christian Aid has teamed up with Rockhill Music to launch a national competition to find new gospel talent to feature on an album that will be launching publicly in November 2008.