An Avondale Conservatorium performance of Joseph Haydn’s in-the-beginning oratorio should, according to the composer, inspire “adoration and worship of the Creator.” The devotee did not let a disappointing personal life destroy his exuberance in music and worship, as conservatorium director Aleta King explains.
A 10-year study at Avondale will help others measure the impact of climate change and urbanisation on beasts, birds and bugs in Lake Macquarie’s largest catchment.
A mini-road trip of its own has marked the launch of a book telling the story of a trip through the Holy Land.
Since the time of Jesus, visiting the places of His life has fascinated His followers and attracted them from all over the world. Signs Publishing Book Editor Nathan Brown and friends Michelle Villis and Brenton Stacey joined these pilgrims and tourists this past year. They travelled together as part of a larger tour group through Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian Territories to visit the places of so many of the Bible stories. And they wrote the story of their journey with reflections on what they learned along the way.
The stories of Jesus’ women disciples are too often overlooked, almost forgotten. But in Magdala, I could hear the whispers over time, from the many women disciples before me.
It seems a shame to farewell familiar characters but this book is a fitting conclusion to Avondale lecturer Dr Brad Watson’s David trilogy.