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The Protecting Veil and Hymns to the Night

  • St Pancras New Church Euston Road London NW1 2BA (map)
Composer John Tavener

Composer John Tavener

Featuring Eclectic Voices
Scott Stroman
Cello: Louise Hopkins

John Tavener Songs from The Veil of the Temple
John Tavener The Protecting Veil
Aleksander Kostic Hymns to the Night

John Tavener’s Protecting Veil for cello and orchestra is presented in an original setting, interposed with his choral anthems from the Veil of the Temple, Hymns to the Mother of God and Song for Athene. Preceding it is Hymns to the Night, a rich new piece for voices and orchestra by Aleksander Kostic, which Eclectic Voices will premier in Berlin, May 2019.

Tavener was an English composer, known for his extensive output of religious works. He 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 and Song for Athene, which was sung at the funeral of Princess Diana. The Lamb featured in the soundtrack for Paolo Sorrentino's film The Great Beauty. Tavener was knighted in 2000 for his services to music and won an Ivor Novello Award.

About Scott Stroman


Scott Stroman is a uniquely broad musician: a prolific composer, a conductor of orchestras and choirs, a trombonist and singer, and a renowned and popular educator in jazz, classical and world music. Born in America, he has lived in London since 1982. He works regularly with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and directs their unique Renga cross-genre ensemble. He has also worked with the London Sinfionetta, Northern Sinfonia, Western Sinfonia, Young Sinfonia, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, English Chamber Orchestra, BBC Radio Orchestra, Stars of New York City Ballet, the choreographer Shobana Jayasingh and many orchestras, choirs, youth orchestras and jazz orchestras in the UK and Europe.

As director of the OPUS 20 String Ensemble, Britain’s leading performers of 20th century music for strings, he has premiered dozens of new works. As a conductor of orchestras, choirs and opera his repertoire stretches from early to modern music. He is Director of the London Jazz Orchestra and London’s multi-stylistic choir Eclectic voices, and sings in the Stroman- Jönsson International Project, which recently released a new CD Project Two. As a jazz performer and arranger he has worked with Billy Cobham, Youssou N’Dour, Phil Collins, Dizzy Gillespie, Kenny Wheeler, and many others. Scott has been a Professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, since 1983, and was Head of its jazz course, renowned as one of the leading in Europe, from 1984-2008.

Earlier Event: May 25
Hymns to the Night
Later Event: September 28
Don Giovanni