The Chamber Choir of Southern Iceland to premiere Tavener in London

Curated Place has been working with the South Iceland Chamber Choir (SICC) to bring two world premieres to London in Autumn 2013 – one a new work from a colossus of the classical world, Sir John Tavener, the other a new commission produced through our residency programme by Jack White, one of the UK’s rising stars, in collaboration with Sound & Music and Arts Council England.

Composer Sir John Tavener has given the Chamber Choir of Southern Iceland the great honour of premiering his new compositions “Three Shakespeare Sonnets”. The choir’s collaboration with Sir John Tavener dates back to the year 2004 when the choir performed the first complete concert of the composer’s works in Iceland. That concert included the premier performance of the work “Schuon Hymnen” which was specially commissioned by the choir.

In November 2010 Tavener made his first visit to Iceland to attend the launch concert for “Iepo Oneipo”. The record was chosen as CD of the month by Gramophone magazine in October 2010 and was nominated for the best album award in the contemporary and classical music category of the 2011 Icelandic Music Awards.

The new performances will realise the next step of this unique collaboration and will allow audiences to  experience the world premiere of Tavener’s latest work performed by a choir personally selected by the composer in the incredible setting of Southwark Cathedral – Shakespeare’s very own place of worship.

The full programme will also include compositions written for the Choir by Kjartan Sveinsson (Sigur Rós), and a selection of works from Tavener’s Iepo Oneipo performed live in the UK for the first time.

The performance will take place on the 15th November 2013.

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