MARK COLVIN: The conductor of one of the world’s most famous choirs has launched a blistering attack on the leaders of the Sydney Anglican Church.
Peter Phillips is the Director of the Tallis Scholars, as well as being a regular columnist for The Spectator magazine in London.
He’s written an article accusing the Archbishop of Sydney, Peter Jensen, and his brother Philip, the Dean of St Andrew’s Cathedral, of vandalising Anglican music and culture in their city.
This report from Stephen Crittenden, presenter of The Religion Report on ABC Radio National.
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STEPHEN CRITTENDEN: Could this be the curtain raiser to a year of conflict in the worldwide Anglican Communion, in the lead up to the Lambeth Conference in July?
Peter Phillips is one of the world’s most successful conductors of Choral music. His choir, the Tallis Scholars has sold millions of CDs.
Now, he’s launched a stinging two-pronged attack, on Peter and Phillip Jensen, over they way they’ve reduced the role of their cathedral choir in Sydney.
First, in a lecture in Perth, he’s defended his old friend Michael Deasey OAM, the former conductor of St Andrews Cathedral Choir, saying his life as a professional musician was made impossible, forcing him to leave.
Then, in an associated article in The Spectator magazine, Peter Phillips says the fact that the Dean and the Archbishop of Sydney are brothers, makes the situation for lovers of good music in Sydney, especially unfortunate. Quote “for the parishioners, there is no escaping the hard-line and destructive opinions of these two, whose double whammy, reminds one of the accumulation of power by the Kaczynski twins in Poland”.