(All Photography: Brian Fitzgibbon except Tavener/Rozario)
Just ahead of their Reykjavik Arts Festival performance internationally renowned soprano Patricia Rozario has flown into Iceland to joint the South Iceland Chamber Choir on stage in an exclusive performance as a personal memorial to her long time mentor, collaborator and friend Sir John Tavener. Moved by the choirs performance at our Southwark Cathedral concert last November we're honoured to have one of Tavener's favourite vocalists join the SICC for this memorial.
As a result choirmaster and music director Hilmar Agnarsson has been extremely busy expertly pulling together a programme that will bring together the very best in new Icelandic music with the world premiere of Jack White's "Islands (Ynysoedd)" (being fully realised for the first time) alongside Tavener's masterpieces from across the years, performed by the vocalists he personally selected.
Yesterday was spent rehearsing with the choir, ensuring that the Three Shakespeare Sonnets were ready for their Icelandic premiere, mustering the ensemble to accompany Rozario's performance of Tavener's "Eternity's Sunrise", and working with the virtuoso soprano to hone what is sure to be one of the highlights of the whole festival.
If you happen to be in Reykjavik tickets are still available through the Reykjavik Arts Festival website