Tuesday 18 November 2014

John Tavener celebration at Bach Choir

The Bach Choir - John Tavener Celebration
Since John Tavener's death, there have been a number of works premiered; pieces which John Tavener had composed in his last year. What was one of his last large scale choral pieces, Oh where, tell me where? was written for The Bach Choir (the second piece which Tavener wrote for the group) and premiered by them last month in Shanghai. The Bach Choir, conductor David Hill, give the UK premiere of the piece in London on 25 November 2014 at the Royal Festival Hall as part of an all Tavener concert with the Philharmonia Orchestra and soloists soprano Elin Manahan Thomas, tenor James Oxley and cellist Raphael Wallfisch. The programme includes The Protecting Veil, A Song for Athene and Requiem.

O where, tell me where? is a meditation based on three well-known Scottish songs and scored for fourteen-part chorus and tubular bells. Further information from The Bach Choir's website. You can see the choir's new video celebrating Tavener's life and work after the break.

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