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John Tavener

John Tavener (born 28 January 1944), composer.

He was born in London and attended the Royal Academy of Music there.

His dramatic cantata The Whale 1968 was the first performance by the London Sinfonietta and was later recorded by Apple Records. Other works released by Apple included his Celtic Requiem.

Joined the Russian Orthodox Church in 1977 which became a major influence on his work.

Later prominent works include The Akathist of Thanksgiving 1988, The Protecting Veil debuted with cellist Steven Isserlis at the 1989 Proms (released 1992 by Virgin Classics) and Song For Athene (played at the funeral of Princess Diana).

He was knighted for his services to music in the 2000 New Year’s Honours list.

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John Tavener should not be confused with John Taverner (with an R), the 16th century composer.