Tributes Paid to Composer Sir John Tavener, Honorary Fellow of Sarum College

Sir John TravenerSir John Tavener, an honorary fellow of Sarum College and leading composer of spiritual music, died on November 12, 2013.

Twice nominated for the prestigious Mercury Prize in 1992 and 1997, Tavener was also the recipient of a Grammy in 2002 for best classical contemporary composition.

Composer and conductor Sir Peter Maxwell Davies said Sir John’s contribution to spiritual music was “immense”, adding his death “is a great loss to the world of spiritual music”.

James Rushton, managing director of Sir John’s publisher Chester Music, spoke to BBC News and described him as “one of the unique and most inspired voices in music of the last 50 years”. “His large body of work… is one of the most significant contributions to classical music in our times,” he said. “For all of those fortunate enough to have known him, John was a man of strong beliefs, huge personal warmth, loyalty and humour. He will be much missed.”

Sir John Tavener was knighted in 2000 for his services to music. He became an honorary fellow of Sarum College in 2001.

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One Response to Tributes Paid to Composer Sir John Tavener, Honorary Fellow of Sarum College

  1. Robert Farrer says:

    Taverner worked hard and read widely to achieve his astounding cross-cultural creativity.
    His music is beautiful and often inspirational. His comments about Mozart’s connection to a divine force, while untestable, have power.
    His gradual shift from cataphatic to apophatic theology was seriously intended. Whatever your theological position, taverner’s simple and touching music will endure.

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