Help
Skip to main content

John Tavener (Composer)

Born: 28th January 1944, Wembley

Died: 12th November 2013, Child Okeford

Nationality: English

Sir John Kenneth Tavener was an English composer, known for his extensive output of choral religious works. Among his best known works are The Lamb (1982) The Protecting Veil, (1988) and Song for Athene (1993).

Tavener first came to prominence with his cantata The Whale, premiered in 1968. Then aged 24, he was described by The Guardian as "the musical discovery of the year", while The Times said he was "among the very best creative talents of his generation". During his career he became one of the best known and popular composers of his generation, most particularly for The Protecting Veil, which as recorded by cellist Steven Isserlis became a best-selling album, and Song for Athene which was sung at the funeral of Princess Diana.

Further Reading: Tavener

 Interview, Matthew Barley on Tavener's The Protecting Veil

The boundary-crossing British cellist talks to David about his new recording of John Tavener's vast, sweeping concertante work for the cello.

Popular Works: Tavener

All Works: Tavener

Recent Best Sellers: Tavener

  • Hypnos
    CD: Original price ($16.00) Reduced price $14.50
    Download from $9.25
  • LUX: Voces8
    CD: $14.75
    Download from $10.00
  • A Year at King's
    Presto CD: $14.75
    Download from $10.00
  • Tavener: No longer mourn for me & other works for cello
    CD: $14.75
    Download from $10.00
  • All Things Are Quite Silent
    CD: $15.50
    Download from $10.00
  • Paradisum: Serene Sacred Songs
    2 CDs: $14.00
    Download from $10.00