Temenos Music Festival

Ulster Orchestra head to County Louth for festival in honour of Sir John Tavaner

The Ulster Orchestra will feature at the Sir John Tavener Temenos Music Festival in Louth Ireland this October, where they will be conducted for the first time by one of the world’s most respected conductors Tõnu Kaljuste, founder of the highly esteemed Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir.

The festival is a major celebration of the music of Sir John Tavener, a leading figure in 20th century contemporary music.
Tavener is best known for his ‘Song for Athene’, performed at the funeral of Princess Diana in 1997, which will also be performed at the festival. Tavener's choral and orchestral works reflect his deeply spiritual outlook and distinctive musical voice.

The weekend festival, organized by Louth Contemporary Music Society (LCMS), runs from October 24-26 in venues across the county. The festival will provide an opportunity to see major performers brought together for the first time in Ireland.

Highlights include the first performance by award-winning, all-female group Anonymous 4, and the world premiere of a new work by Sir John Tavener, ‘O My People’, which will be performed by one of the world’s best choirs, Polyphony, and conducted by Stephen Layton. 

Jackie Horner of Anonymous 4 is originally from Monkstown, near Belfast, but now lives in New York. 

‘I am very excited to be coming back to Ireland to sing the works of Tavener at the festival, where some of my own friends and relatives will be able to hear me sing,’ said Horner.

The programme also includes The Protecting Veil, with mezzo soprano Doreen Curran from Derry who will sing Tavener’s Supernatural Songs, influenced by WB Yeats. The Ulster Orchestra performance will take place on Friday, October 24 in St. Peter’s Church of Ireland, Drogheda.