Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Winchester to host Tavener day

11:26, 28th October 2016

The University of Winchester and Winchester Cathedral will celebrate the life and work of composer John Tavener on 11 November.

Andrew Lumsden will direct the Choir of Winchester Cathedral in a memorial evensong at 5.30pm. The service will begin and end with extracts from The Veil of the Temple (performed by soprano Patricia Rozario and duduk player Dirk Campbell), and will also include Tavener’s Preces & Responses, Magnificat (Collegium Regale), his second setting of the Nunc dimittis, and the anthem They are all gone into the world of light. All are welcome to attend.

The Evensong will be followed by an invitation-only reception, at which Lady Tavener will unveil a specially commissioned sculpture (created by Angela Conner, with letter carving by Tom Perkins) to commemorate the composer. Countertenor Andrew Watts and viol consort Fretwork will perform Tavener’s Nipson, which sets the same Greek palindromic text featured in the sculpture (‘Nipson anomēmata mē monan opsin’, meaning ‘Cleanse your sins, not only your face’).

The Tavener Centre for Music and Spirituality will host a study day exploring how music and spirituality can contribute to a richer understanding of the complexity of life and culture. The programme includes talks and performances covering topics such as Tavener’s music, music and ecstasy, music and stillness, music and cosmos and jazz. The event will involve practitioners of music, theology and religious studies, as well as clergy and leaders of music in liturgical settings.

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