john tavener


Johns’ music remains as a gift to us all and by which he will be remembered. I hope his spirit is at peace; peace he was searching for during his life on earth.

I was at school with John and remember him well, we were in the same year though he was not a close friend. Even as a teenager he was already clearly exceptionally gifted musically. The school had a great tradition of music in which he flourished. Normally rather retiring, and not a sportsman because of his heart problem, he came into his own when anything to do with music was involved. I can remember him well as our choral director during a school music competition striving with all his might to make the rest of us, who were not musically gifted, sing the music as he could hear it in his head.

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