Rejecting religion has made classical music sterile, argues George Corbett. Which is why the University of St Andrews is using ‘theologically informed programming’ to open up the next generation of composers to the creative power of Christianity.

Reverend Jonathan Arnold, dean of divinity at Magdalen college, Oxford, has written about the “seeming paradox that, in today’s so-called secular society, sacred choral music is as powerful, compelling and popular as it has ever been”.
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