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Isserlis Performs Tavener

  • The Chapel, Balliol College Oxford, OX1 3BJ (map)


In an exclusive event the world leading cellist, Steven Isserlis, will premiere a new version of Sir John Tavener’s ‘Preces and Responses’ (2013) in The Chapel, Balliol College, Oxford.

The concert will be held on the evening of Thursday the 7th of September 2017, and will be followed by a fund raising dinner at Balliol College Hall attended by Steven Isserlis and Lady Tavener. 

Steven Isserlis and seven other cellists; David Waterman, Amy Norrington, Caroline Dearnley, Matt Huber, Bartholomew Lafollette, Vashti Hunter and Chiara Enderle, will premiere an arrangement of Sir John Tavener’s last completed work ; ‘Preces and Responses’ (originally for voices 2013), plus an arrangement of one of Tavener’s settings of his Three Shakespeare’s Sonnets, ‘Sonnet LXXI: No longer mourn for me when I am dead’, first performed a few days after Sir John’s death, and dedicated to his wife Maryanna. A BBC Radio 4 Interview can be heard here. A recent interview by Steven Isserlis can be read here

The concert will be held at 7:30pm in The Chapel at Balliol College, Oxford, followed by the dinner at Balliol College at 8:30pm. Dress: Lounge Suits.

Ticket Sales.

Chapel Recital and Dinner £170. (Tickets for the dinner are limited, and it is advisable to book early.)

Chapel Recital £40.

For all enquiries on booking tickets please email or call George Carivalis on 07710122280. 

Booking form Click here 

The proceeds will go the Tavener Foundation, to go towards a recording of Sir John Tavener’s last works. The evening will be supported by the Temenos Academy of which Sir John was a Fellow.