A truly golden QuaranTune

This week’s QuaranTune has been chosen by regular audience member, Emily. Her pick is Golden Day by Gerson Batista.

Golden Day was the winner of our inaugural Walter Hussey Composition Competition and was premiered during our 50th season at a concert in Reading Concert Hall, with Portuguese composer Batista in attendance.

That performance also won the Performance of the Year at Reading Cultural Awards 2019.

This version was recorded back in February and is available to stream or buy from all the usual channels (iTunes, Spotify).

A QuaranTune that builds to a thrilling climax

Second soprano Fiona introduces this week’s QuaranTune – Song for Athene by John Tavener.

Originally commissioned by the BBC in 1993 this piece was written by John Tavener as a tribute to a friend killed in a cycling accident. It is perhaps more famously known for being performed by Westminster Abbey Choir for Princess Diana’s funeral in 1997.

The words are drawn from a combination of the Orthodox funeral service and Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

This version was recorded by Reading Phoenix Choir at a concert in Wells-next-the-Sea in June 2011.