30 August 2017
I have a reverence for the old pagans; the new ones make me reach for my revolver
Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor has, alas, been unwell for some time but he dealt with his illness in the only way possible for a man of his ebullient temperament, by getting out and about. One of his last expeditions before going to hospital was with me: we went to the Proms together to hear Stephen Hough play Brahms. It was a magnificently physical performance – Hough had to wipe down the keys afterwards – and to round off the evening, we got to see him in his dressing room afterwards. Was he composing at present, the cardinal asked? It turned out he was.
Get instant access NOWRegister for 6 FREE articles per month
SubscriptionsSubscribe to The Tablet from just £19.99 quarterly
3 options available
Manage my subcription hereManage