Crosscurrents in Music and Theology Conference

Welcome to the Crosscurrents in Music and Theology conference website. You can find a wealth of information here to help plan your trip. Please use the text below and the links at the right hand side of the page to help you navigate the website.

This conference has been organized by George Parsons, a PhD student at the University of Sheffield, out of the desire to try and bring together scholars whose work crosses the interdisciplinary boundary between music and theology. We are delighted to welcome to the conference as our two keynote speakers Professor Bennett Zon and Professor Hugh Pyper. Professor Zon is a scholar of Nineteenth-Century Music, and one of the Directors of the International Network for Music Theology at the University of Durham. Professor Pyper is the Professor of Biblical Interpretation at the University of Sheffield, and has written papers from a theological perspective on composers such as Bruckner and James MacMillan.

The conference is kindly supported by the University of Sheffield and the Royal Musical Association, and takes place as one of the RMA's 2013 program of study days. It will take place on Friday 6th December 2013, running from 9.30am – 5.30pm at the Humanities Research Institute at the University of Sheffield.

The registration fee for the conference is £10, payable on the day. To register your intention to come in advance, please email conference administrator Alley York ( Entrance is free for students at the University of Sheffield, and for RMA members.

If you have any further questions about the conference, please do get in touch with either George Parsons ( or Alley York (

We are excited to be holding this first ‘Crosscurrents’ conference, and look forward to seeing you in December.