Conference CREOR – Roger Scruton

Center for Research on Religion (McGill University) presents Opera da Camera

A performance of works by Roger Scruton, Three Lorca Songs and excerpts from his opera The Minister

Invited singers: Kristi Bryson (soprano) and Kevin Myers (tenor)

Benjamin Kwong (piano)

April 12, 2014


McGill Schulich School of Music

555 Sherbrooke Street, West

Montréal, QC



This conference is dedicated to the work of philosopher Roger Scruton, who has agree to deliver a Beatty Talk and to respond to the papers delivered at the event. This conference represents the coordinated effort of an international group of scholars – based at Canadian, American, British, Irish, and European institutions – working on different, but related, aspects of Scruton’s writings, to host a series of events dedicated to the philosopher’s work with a view to amplifying scholarly awareness of its importance, as well its relevance to a wider public readership. To this end, the conference will address itself both to scholars – through the delivery and publication of papers by specialists – in addition to the Canadian public by way of radio and newspapers interviews, an open session with Scruton and Canadian public intellectual, Charles Taylor, and a concert featuring compositions by the philosopher himself. The focus of this conference in Montreal will be Scruton’s work on religion. Scruton approaches religion and treats the category of the ‘sacred’ from philosophical, aesthetic, cultural and theological points of view. He also approaches the subject of religion as an author of fiction and poetry, cultural critic, and composer.

Given Scruton’s dynamic method, the conference will adopt an interdisciplinary approach to his work, drawing on the expertise of those who specialize in philosophy, philosophical theory, aesthetics, musicology, political philosophy, and church history. The common aim of the papers will be i) to draw out what Scruton understands the sacred to be philosophically; ii) to discern how humans ‘sense’ or experience the sacred; iii) to identify which historical figures Scruton identifies his own position wiht and why; iv) to explore how his conservative philosophical convictions square with his views on religion. Finally, in a way more accessible to a public audience, Scruton will sit on a panel with Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor and French intellectual Chantal Delsol in order to field questions from scholars and the general audiencce on the subject of secularization, a topic on which all three philosophers have published extensively. Organized by SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. James Bryson, the conference is jointly sponsored by CREOR and the Faculty of Religious Studies, funded by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

For more information visit the CREOR website HERE


Kristi Bryson, soprano

Kristi Bryson Praised by critics for “an outstanding level of vocal agility” and “an effortless yet vibrant theatricality,” soprano Kristi Bryson is an experienced performer on both the opera and concert stage. Kristi graduated from the Royal College of Music in London with a Master of Music in Advanced Vocal Performance, where she studied with Janis Kelly and Eiddwen Harrhy. She is also a graduate of the University of King’s College and Dalhousie University. Kristi was a prize winner at the Thelma King Award for Singers and was winner of the Dalhousie Concerto Competition and of the Music at the Three Churches Chamber Music Competition. She appears regularly as a soloist in recital and concert, and has been featured on CBC and BBC broadcast.

Recent operatic roles include Susanna in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro (HSOF), Adina in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore (MCO), Adele in J. Strauss’ Die Fledermaus (CUOS), Diana in Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld (Dalhousie); and Beth in Mark Adamo’s Little Women (HSOW).

Concert highlights include Vivaldi’s Gloria and Saint-Saens’ Oratorio de Noël with Choeur St-Laurent and Quatuor Bozzini, Bach’s Actus Tragicus with the Royal College of Music Baroque Ensemble; Handel’s Diana Cacciatrice with the London Handel Festival; Handel’s Israel in Egypt with the North London Chorus; and Bach’s B Minor Mass with the King’s College Chapel Choir and Ensemble Regale.

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