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John Tavener

© Sim Canetty Clarke
© Sim Canetty Clarke
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Year of birth1944
Year of death2013
NationalityUnited Kingdom
Period20th century
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In memoriam: Sir John Tavener

Westminster Abbey was packed today for Sir John Tavener's memorial service. In honour of the occasion, here's a playlist.
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Precipice at The Grange Festival: a mirror of our times

Starting narration by Tonderai Munyevu and Héloise Werner © Joe Low
Michael Chance takes the audience around The Grange in a thoughtful show combining opera excerpts, dance, acrobats, vocal and instrumental music.
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Scottish Ensemble’s adventures in music for a winter’s night

Scottish Ensemble at St John's Kirk (2015) © Fraser Band

A deeply soulful musical adventure for a winter’s night from the Scottish Ensemble to celebrate their 50th anniversary

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An Enduring Voice: The Sixteen's 40th anniversary choral pilgrimage

The Sixteen © Firedog
The Sixteen's 40th anniversary choral pilgrimage mixes Tudor music from the treasure trove of the Eton Choirbook with music that hadn't been written when the group were founded, including a striking new work by James MacMillan.
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Tenebrae weaves a mesmerising spell at Perth Festival of the Arts

Nigel Short © Susan Porter-Thomas
Stunningly beautiful commemorative British choral music from Tenebrae under Nigel Short at Perth Festival of the Arts in St John’s Kirk’s wonderful acoustic.
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Plumbing the depths of Tavener

Matthew Barley © Nick White
The City of London Sinfonia presents an absorbing account of Tavener's musical ecumenicism. 
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