5 Oct 2014 St Giles' Cripplegate, London

Total Immersion: John Tavener Remembered Tavener's choral music Tavener's choral music

Tavener's choral music

Played

17:30 Sunday 5 Oct 2014 St Giles' CripplegateSt Giles' Cripplegate, London

  • John Tavener 1944–2013
  • The Lamb
  • Song for Athene
  • Coplas
  • Missa wellensis
  • Thunder Entered Her

Concert Information

A concert including two of Tavener’s most iconic choral works, The Lamb and Song for Athene, originally written for the BBC Singers and finding international fame when it added a searing intensity to the funeral of Princess Diana in 1997. The BBC Singers also perform two works inspired by composers Tavener admired, the London Premiere of Missa wellensis, quoting the music of Victoria, and Coplas, influenced by JS Bach. The choir is joined by organist Stephen Farr for what Tavener called a ‘divine allegory’ in Thunder entered her, based on poetry written by the 4th century St Ephrem. As part of the BBC Symphony Orchestra's Total Immersion day, the BBC Singers remember the extraordinary man and his music with a concert of his finest choral music. The programme includes his tender hymn The Lamb, serene Song for Athene and the London premiere of his Missa brevis.

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