John Tavener

A musician plays in the lobby of the Regal hotel in Hong Kong. Photo: Lucas Schifres/Bloomberg/Getty Images

If we really cared about mental health, muzak would be a top priority

30 January 2016 9:00 am

No one is consulted. No one is held to account. No one has the authority to turn it off. How…

Why Church music is back in vogue - and squeaky-gate music has had its day

6 December 2014 9:00 am

One of the growth areas of contemporary music is in setting sacred texts. It might be thought that I had…

Was Elgar’s The Kingdom an attempt to write a religious Ring Cycle?

2 August 2014 9:00 am

To go from the second day of the England v. India Test match at Lord’s to the Albert Hall for…

Peter Phillips: I saw the other side of John Taverner

23 November 2013 9:00 am

When I first met John Tavener in 1977, he was still largely known for his dramatic cantata The Whale, which…