Advent Joy and Transformation: praying with Handel’s Messiah
6th December, 6:00 pm to 8th December, 2:00 pm£235
A unique and fascinating music retreat with Euan Tait.
Advent calls us to a rediscovery, a full acknowledgement in ourselves, of how much we are loved and gifted through Christ. Advent suggests that the transformation of our hearts and spirits is possible, and the powerful music of Handel’s Messiah Part 1 points us to this reality. Resting and meditating on this music can become a vital part of our Advent time of praying and preparation for Christmas. While the opening Symphony is both solemn prayer and a release of joyful energy that foreshadows the Christmas music, the opening numbers shows God reaching out to us afresh when we still long for redemption – touching those aspects of ourselves that are still struggling.
This retreat is open to all and while a basic knowledge of the music will help, it isn’t essential and it is not a retreat for experts – rather for those who wish to deepen their spiritual lives through a love of great music.
Euan Tait is a professional librettist with a growing international reputation, is a college lecturer, an experienced retreat leader who takes the unique approach of exploring great music as a ‘praying poet’. He was born in Berlin. He worked in the L’Arche community in Sussex in the 1990s, and in the 2000s trained and supported adults with learning difficulties in their workplaces. Between 2011-13 he was Ammerdown’s Training and Interfaith Officer, and in 2013 he retrained as a teacher, and since 2014, he has lectured in English at a Swindon college. He leads music retreats across the UK, and performed in Trondheim’s great cathedral, Birmingham’s Symphony Hall, and across the USA. His current projects include an opera, a multi-movement St Cecilia text for the new professional group Philomel in London, the text for a String Quartet with soprano, and a text for the inaugural London International Conducting Competition, to be performed (6 times!) at the Royal Academy of Music, London.
Early bird price: £215 if booked before 30th September 2019.