Our new ‘coffee shop’ friend had worked in education at a high level and had given that up to write poetry, teach and even perform at International festivals. Peter had taken this path because he believed education was about nurturing the wonder, creative energies, imagination and potential in every child.

For Peter it was about inspiring human ‘beings’ not human ‘doings’, created by Love – for Love. Bach’s setting of the Gloria is a joyful and creatively beautiful piece that helps me at least to glimpse the Glory of God as a ‘human being fully alive’ (St. Irenaeus).

Malcolm’s Musical Advent Calendar for Sunday 17 December