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The Bach Choir is saddened to hear of the death of the composer Sir John Tavener. The Choir’s President, John Rutter, speaking on BBC Radio, said of Tavener: “He could bring an audience to a deep silence which is a very rare gift. He believed that music was for everybody and was a prayer.” David Hill, Musical Director, described Tavener as “a towering figure, who will be greatly missed.”
In 2001, in celebration of our 125th anniversary, The Bach Choir commissioned Tavener to write Song of the Cosmos, a piece for four groups of voices and instruments, including a soprano soloist, a priest from the Greek Orthodox Church, and assorted sizes of Tibetan temple bowls, spatially separated to symbolise the cosmic relationship between the heavens, the earth and mankind. The work was given its premiere at the BBC Proms, conducted by David Hill. More recently we have performed his Anthems from The Veil of the Temple on several occasions, and plan to include his music in our forthcoming tour to China.