Greek philosopher Aristotle (384-322 BCE) said it is our task to become good men, or achieve the highest human good. But is that enough? How do we attain goodness without a sense of purpose or belief there is something more? For centuries, when large parts of the earth were dominated by the absolute monarchies of the east, the Greeks were evolving their belief a man must be respected, not as the instrument of an all-powerful overlord, but for his own sake. Athenian statesman Pericles said ‘Each single one of our citizens in all the manifold aspects of life, is able to show himself the rightful lord and owner of his person, and do this moreover, with exceptional grace and versatility.’ This is what the Greeks meant by liberty. Their ingrained belief in everyone’s right to freedom was sustained by a deep respect for personal honour, and nurtured by a love of action.
Carolyn McDowall FRSA has gained considerable experience and business acumen in her professional career. An independent cultural and social historian, Carolyn is an interior designer by trade. She has been involved in the creative sector for over thirty years in Australia; completing interior design projects, creating and producing innovative corporate and not-for profit (social profit) community events. She has over that time continuously conducted independent research , while designing, developing, and producing educational art and design history programs in conjunction with renowned specialist colleagues.
The re-founding of the traditions of the Chapels Royal after the 1660 Restoration to the throne of England of King Charles II (1630 – 1685) brought music of excellence before the public who rejoiced in the opportunity to hear sacred and secular musical entertainments on a grand scale. Composer Henry…