â€œLife is a creeping tragedy,â€ Sir John Tavener’s childhood minister used to say. â€œThatâ€™s why we must be cheerful.â€
That was one of many pearls in Andrew Marr’s discussion with the terminally ill Tavener, novelist Jeanette Winterson and religious music expert The Reverend John Drury. The topic was how crises and death cause many people, including non-religious ones, to turn to religious sources for solace. Tavener died on the following day.
Charles Moore, noting that the atheistic Marr recently had a stroke and read religious poetry during recovery, recaps the discussion here.
Clip from the show just below.