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Choir perform love song of late Sir John Tavener

A new love song written by the great classical composer Sir John Tavener, who passed away this week, was performed at Southwark Cathedral in London on Friday evening.

The Three Shakespeare Sonnets masterpiece, which the 69-year-old put the finishing touches to right up until his death, was dedicated to his wife, Marianna, and with her blessing, sung by South Iceland Chamber Choir.

The same group performed Tavener's first pieces of traditional music ten years ago.

ITV News' Martha Fairlie reports:

Composer Sir John Tavener dies aged 69

Composer Sir John Tavener, one of the greatest British figures in contemporary classical music has died at the age of 69.

In the late 1960s, Sir John was famously signed to The Beatles' record label Apple and his music was notably performed at the funeral of Diana, Princess Of Wales, in 1997.

ITV News reporter Martha Fairlie reports:

Prince Charles was said to be "saddened" by the death earlier today, and friends such as actress Mia Farrow expressed their sorrow.

Sir John, a gifted organist in his early teens before making his name as a composer, is said to have died "peacefully at home" in Child Okeford, Dorset.


British composer Sir John Tavener dies

One of Britain's most celebrated contemporary composers, Sir John Tavener, has died at the age of 69, his music publisher has announced.

John Tavener with his wife Maryanna Credit: John Stillwell/PA Archive/Press Association Images

His Song For Athene was famously played at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997. He received a knighthood in 2000.