Sir John Tavener • Roxanna Panufnik

Voce Chamber Choir’s new disc is a moving tribute to Sir John Tavener, featuring a selection of works by him (many of which are previously unrecorded) and by Roxanna Panufnik. At the heart of the disc is the premiere recording of Panufnik’s 99 Words to my Darling Children, a moving setting of Tavener’s last message to his family.

As well as the Voce Chamber Choir, the disc features performances from cellist Matthew Barley, organist James Sherlock and narration from Simon Russell Beale.


Voce Chamber Choir

Matthew Barley cello

Simon Russell Beale narrator

James Sherlock organ

Suzi Digby conductor


BAR CODE 635212051924

RELEASE DATE 24/11/2017

Choir and Organ ★★★★★

Voce Chamber Choir offer a well-balanced sound with a polished sheen to their singing. An unusual and most welcome disc

Cross Rhythms 9/10

Listeners who appreciate the work of Sir John Tavener will be grateful to hear the old favourites in new recordings and will very likely enjoy the work of Roxanna Panufnik as well. The material by both composers is accessible and the CD is a good introduction to both.


The result – a lullaby that cradles its sung text with infinite tenderness – is exquisite, and beautifully handled… a strong, and very welcome, first outing

BBC Radio 3:

It’s a really lovely programme… lovely moment of connection between the two, a lovely homage

1 Svyati – John Tavener

2 Heav’nly Harmony – Roxanna Panufnik

3 Look in thy Glass – John Tavener

4 99 Words to my Darling Children – Roxanna Panufnik (words by John Tavener)

5 Improvisation on Tavener themes – Matthew Barley

6 Threnos – John Tavener

7 The Tablet of your Heart – Roxanna Panufnik

8 Maha Maya – John Tavener