This set of Three Shakespeare Sonnets was one of the first works that I composed
after serious illness in 2007. I wanted to pay tribute to my wife, Maryanna, who
nursed me back to some degree of health, so I turned to the Shakespeare Sonnets. I
was delighted to find that they brought forth music once again, after I had been silent
for so long.
This commission was supported by the Ministry of Education and Culture in Iceland
and is dedicated to Hilmar Örn Agnarsson and the South Iceland Chamber Choir.
The work was first performed by the South Iceland Chamber Choir at Southwark
Cathedral, London, on 15th November 2013.
The South Iceland Chamber Choir perform Sir John Tavener's Three Shakespeare Sonnets - Sonnet XVIII. World premiere performance from Curated Place on Vimeo.