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John Tavener

Publisher: Chester Music

If you had to pick the soundtrack for heaven, the music of Sir John Tavener would probably feature prominently. — Aidan Goldstraw, Express and Star


After music like this, applause seems superfluous… — Laurence Hughes, The Independent


Moments of transparent beauty and contemplation... — Hannah Nepil, The Financial Times


Arguably, no composer ever wrote better music for solemn reflection - the kind of silence that his work is capable of producing is like no other. — Caroline Crampton, New Statesman

Key Works:
Career Highlights:
  • 2012 featured composer at the Manchester International Festival, including the premiere of The Death of Ivan Ilyich
  • 2007 premiere of Requiem commissioned by The Liverpool Culture Company Limited as part of the 2008 European Capital of Culture Programme
  • 2007 HRH Prince of Wales commissions The Beautiful Names, a setting of the 99 Names for Allah from the Qu’ran
  • 2005 Receives Ivor Novello Classical Music Award
  • 2005 provides music for Children of Men directed by Alfonso Cuaron
  • 2003 premiere of the all-night vigil The Veil of the Temple
  • 2000 receives a knighthood in Millennium Honours List
  • 1989 premiere of The Protecting Veil at the Proms in London
  • 1973 Thérèse commissioned by Royal Opera House, London
  • 1968 The Whale premiered by the London Sinfonietta and subsequently recorded on The Beatles’ Apple label





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