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.

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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. A Clarence House spokesman said the Prince of Wales was saddened to hear of his death.