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Remembering John Tavener, 1944-2013

In 2014′s festival we remember John Tavener, enjoy a choral drama from Tarik O’Regan, and welcome back Ensemble MidtVest.

Paul Hillier conducts Chamber Choir Ireland, Juice makes some Literary Connections, and we enter David Pountney’s Operatic World. Come join us.

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We’re thrilled to announce that Simon Callow is confirmed as the narrator for the performance of Tarik O’Regan’s Suite from the Heart of Darkness on Wednesday 14 May at BBC Hoddinott Hall.

The Suite is extrapolated from O’Regan’s opera of the same name based on the novella by Joseph Conrad.  The spoken text for the narrator is based on the libretto written by Tom Phillips.  An added bonus is the post-concert talk which will see Callow joining O’Regan and Phillips in conversation with broadcaster Nicola Heywood-Thomas.   Full details of the concert, given by BBC National Orchestra of Wales, can be found here.

The programme for the BBC National Orchestra of Wales Concert on Saturday 17 May has changed.  The concert will now include a performance of Tavener’s 2007 Requiem alongside The Protecting Veil.  The premiere was given at Liverpool’s Metropolitan Cathedral – a centrepiece of the city’s year as European Capital of Culture.  The work is a potent symbol of religious striving for unity rather than division as Tavener blends the traditional Catholic Mass with the Qur’an and Sufi and Hindu texts.

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