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.