John Tavener first came to public attention in 1968 with the premiere of his oratorio The Whale at the inaugural concert of the London Sinfonietta. The Beatles subsequently recorded this work on their Apple label. He is mostly known for his exquisite concert music - his choral works in particular. In 1997, Tavener’s choral work, Song for Athene was performed at the close of Princess Diana’s funeral, showing the profound effect his music has far beyond just the concert-going public. He is the composer of deeply spiritual, otherworldly, heartfelt, heartstopping music; inspired and inspiring. In 2006 he scored Alfonso Cuarón’s Children of Men. He was awarded a Knighthood in the 2000 Queen’s Millennium Honours List for his services to music and in 2005 he received the Ivor Novello Classical Music Award.
‘If you had to pick the soundtrack for heaven, the music of Sir John Tavener would probably feature prominently.’ Express and Star
Noces de Cendres (2008), Children of Men (2006), Battle in Heaven (2005), Pilgrimage (2001), Gormenghast (2000)