The Veil of the Temple

The Veil of the Temple

About the Project

THE VEIL OF THE TEMPLE, by Sir John Tavener, is an internationally celebrated but rarely performed, seven-hour all-night vigil. It is a monumental undertaking, which unites western and far-eastern sounds and texts from all world religions. There is also a two-hour concert version.

The work was commissioned by the Choir of the Temple Church, London, then under the direction of Stephen Layton, and premiered in the summer of 2003, with two performances of the complete work and one of the concert version. It was subsequently performed at the BBC Proms in London, the Lincoln Center Festival in New York and elsewhere. The premieres were recorded and the concert version was subsequently released on BMG’s RCA Red Seal label. To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the premiere, the recording was re-released on the Signum label.

Hazard Chase has consulted on all the above performances, broadcasts and recordings, the latest being the full vigil at the Trondheim Festival in Northern Norway in July 2015

Required forces: Chorus, SATB / boys’ choir, Soprano soloist

Orchestration duduk/3hn.2tpt.tbn+btbn/Tibetan horn/timp.3 temple bowls (high,medium,low).tam.tbells/org.indian harmonium

Publisher: Chester Music

Project Manager

Lucy Rice (Cambridge)