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Piercing the Clouds: Jessica Duchen in Conversation with Roxanna Panufnik

One of a series of public events as part of the Templeton Religion Trust-funded ‘Art and the Sacred’ project based at the School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh, this discussion will explore how music – in its creation and in the listening event – can ‘pierce the clouds’ and provide a place of spiritual encounter and discovery.   

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Jessica Duchen

Jessica Duchen is a music critic, ​author, and librettist. She contributes to The Sunday Times, the i, and BBC Music Magazine, and her libretti include Roxanna Panufnik’s Silver Birch, shortlisted for an International Opera Award in 2018. Her latest book is the novel Immortal, about Beethoven’s ‘immortal beloved’. Further details can be found on Jessica Duchen's website.

Roxanna Ranufnik

Roxanna Panufnik studied composition at the Royal Academy of Music and, since then, has written a wide range of pieces – opera, ballet, choral works, orchestral and chamber compositions, and music for film and television – which are performed all over the world. Thanks to her mixed heritage, she has a great love of music from a variety of cultures and different faiths, whose influence she uses liberally throughout her compositions. Her works are published by Peter’s Edition Ltd and recorded on many labels including Signum, Warner Classics, Chandos, and EMI Classics. Further details can be found on Roxanna Panufnik's website.