Following on from the success of his weekly Sunday morning RTÉ Lyric FM Gloria radio programme,Associated Editions are pleased to announce Tim Thurston’s book and CD Gloria – An Introduction to 1,000years of European Sacred Music.
This book has a special Christmas theme and tells the story of European sacred music from earliest times tothe present day, interspersed with twenty pen portraits of the key composers, including Hildegard of Bingen,Byrd, Bach, Handel, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Elgar, Britten and Pärt. It also incorporates a CD of some of thebest of their Christmas music from the renowned Hyperion catalogue and is sumptuously illustrated withsacred art for Christmas from Irish collections, some published for the first time.
Images in this book include sacred art from Trinity College Dublin, the Hunt Museum, the Ulster Museum, theNational Gallery of Ireland, Waterford Museum of Treasures, the Chester Beatty Library and Glenstal Abbey. RTÉ Radio 1 and RTÉ Lyric FM will promote the book and CD on primetime radio, on their website, allmajor trade magazines and national press. Two major launches are planned in Limerick and Dublin.
Tim’s broadcasting career began in the 1980s compiling and presenting several series for RTÉ on Early and Choral music and Contemporary Jazz.
He ran 5 International Dublin Early Music Festivals from 1988 to 1992 and writes and lectures on a wide range of musical subjects. Since RTÉ Lyric FM began in 1999 Gloria, his weekly Sunday morning programme has built up a wide and appreciative listenership at home and abroad.