Address: Vancouver, BC Canada

2006 - The Grail and the Parsifal Narrative's

'Is it possible in these times to learn to speak in such a way that heals and transforms?'
- Linda Sussman, The Speech of the Grail

Cambridge Music Conference
18 - 19 March 2006
Rudolf Steiner House, London

The Grail has been an ideal for people of different beliefs, ideologies, and spiritual world-views. Not only Anthroposophy, but the Temenos Academy and the Guild of Pastoral Psychology acknowledge the Grail as a source of regeneration. A common value throughout Rudolf Steiner's, Kathleen Raine's and C.G.Jung's work, how the Grail has inspired art, music, literature and religious thought will be the focus of this event.


Contributions from specialists in the field from King's College London include Dr Karen Pratt on 'Chrétien de Troyes' and Professor Leonee Ormond on 'Representations of the Grail in 19th Century Art.' Elizabeth Carmack will speak about 'The Emergence of Arthurian and Grail Motifsin 19th Century English Poetry.' Matthew Harwood will give a Jungian interpretation of Wolfram von Eschenbach's 'Parzival'. Jack Herbert from the Temenos Academy will speak on 'Modern Versions of the Grail Legend in T.S. Eliot, David Jones, John Cowper Powys, and Charles Williams.'


Dr Heinz Zimmermann's lecture is on 'Wolfram von Eschenbach's 'Parzival' as a Picture of Community Building in our Time.' Andrew Wolpert, William Forward, and David Newbatt will present the Grail from different anthroposophical perspectives.


'Arioso, Grail Transformation and Epiphany' by composer Howard Skempton has beenespecially commissioned by the Cambridge Music Conference for this event and will be premiered by cellist Karine Georgian and also performed in eurythmy by Ursula Zimmermann.


The ethos of the Grail Conference is to embody a study of three schools of thought and to cultivate dialogue between their uniquely different approaches: C.G.Jung and Jungian Analysis, Rudolf Steiner's Anthroposophy, and The Temenos Academy. The ideas at the heart of the three events have developed out of the three movements of Howard Skempton's piece of music: 'Arioso, Grail Transformation and Epiphany.'


1. Arioso: The Dance of Life: Grail Narratives: A Variety of Different Approaches 
2. Grail Transformation: The Interface of Suffering/Healing Within 
3. Grail Imagination/Epiphany: How to make oneself receptive to the Grail?  The Grail in the Other and the Community:  How do prejudice, intolerance, false expectations and lack of freedom in  one's orientation toward others impair the possibility of community building?