Three years after his passing, a Memorial Evensong for highly acclaimed and world-renowned composer Sir John Tavener, a fervent admirer of Winchester Cathedral and whose funeral took place here,¬†will take place at 5.30pm.
The Office being sung by the Boy Choristers and Lay Clerks, Soprano Patricia Rozario and duduk player Dirk Campbell will begin and end the service with short extracts from the all-night vigil The Veil of the Temple. Other repertoire includes Tavener's Preces & Responses and his Magnificat (Collegium Regale) coupled with his second setting of the Nunc dimittis. The anthem, They are all gone into the world of light, sets a text by the English metaphysical poet Henry Vaughan. Many of these pieces have not previously been performed at Winchester Cathedral.¬†All are welcome to attend.
Following the Evensong, a reception will take place for invited guests, at which Lady Tavener will unveil a specially commissioned sculpture to commemorate Tavener, created by Angela Conner, with letter carving by Tom Perkins. The sculpture will be permanently installed in the cathedral¬†the south presbytery aisle, near the frieze of Fyodorof¬†icons in the retrochoir.
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