John TavenerSt Christopher

John Tavener
Event 3
Saturday October 10th, 11.00am 
Little Missenden Village Hall

Films about the man and his work

This is an archived event from the 2009 Programme.

Last year we screened Tony Palmer's biopic of Vaughan Williams, which drew a large and enthusiastic audience. This encouraged us to run a similar screening for John Tavener - one of the world's most popular composers - whose early roots intertwine with our Festival.

In the late 60s and early 70s Tavener was finding his feet as a composer and setting out on the journey to his mature style. He was a frequent visitor to the Festival, and drew support from its founder Pat Harrison. She encouraged him to complete the Celtic Requiem in 1969, and helped to bring it to fruition by arranging for her Little Missenden school children to give the first performance with the London Sinfonietta. We shall screen a recording of their televised performance.

We'll also talk briefly about the 10 pieces the Festival commissioned Tavener to write, and consider the way his music has developed since. We also plan to show extracts from the fine 1998 LWT Arena film about his life and work, and a surround-sound film of the complete Millennium-eve performance of his mighty Fall and Resurrection in St Paul’s cathedral.

Alan Hedges will introduce the films, which last over 2½ hours in total. We'll start at 11.00, with a 40 minute lunch break. We can arrange half-time sandwiches and drinks in the hall (details when you book) - or there are two local pubs.

"If you had to pick the soundtrack for heaven, the music of Sir John Tavener would probably feature prominently" (Aidan Goldstraw, Express and Star)

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Patricia Rozario singe Tavener in event 9