Prince Charles attends thanksgiving service for friend and composer Sir John Tavener
From Royal Central
The Prince of Wales attended a Thanksgiving Service for his friend, the celebrated British composer Sir John Tavener who passed away last November. Wednesday’s Service of Thanksgiving for the life and work of Sir John Tavener took place at Westminster Abbey.
The Prince of Wales
Sources from The Prince’s official residence and offices at Clarence House clarified that Prince Charles attending the service was a private role, not a public duty. The Prince of Wales was not accompanied by any other members of the Royal Family.
Photos from the service show The Prince being warmly received by Sir John’s family- his widow Lady Maryanna Tavener and their children Theodora, Orlando and Sofia. The composer died in his home November 2013 at the age of 69.
Sir John Tavener was known as one of the most popular and celebrated composers in recent years. Noted accomplishments included his best-selling album The Protecting Veil, a 45-minute performance by cellist Steven Isserlis reflecting the life of the Virgin Mary. The Beatles released on their Apple label his oratorio The Whale in 1968.