John Tavener – ‘In Alium’ 


I was fortunate enough to be at the first performance of ‘In Alium’ at the Proms, way back in the sixties when Tavener was an unknown young lad sporting wild flares, a Beatles’ haircut and promise of a great future. In many respects ‘In Alium’ caught the atmosphere of the time: it was experimental, groovy and, in a completely non-sexual way, very sexy. Equally, the piece was imbued with a rich sense of innocence, amplified by the use of children’s prayers, whispered and spoken in many tongues. There was a universality to this early work which became more and more evident in Tavener’s output as he grew to maturity. His devotion to the greater forces of life was, and remains, a great inspiration to me. He is greatly missed.

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Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.


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