As we worked on "Today the Virgin" by Sir John Tavener with Reveka Mavrovitis who helped us with our Greek, we heard that Sir John had passed away.  Sad news indeed for us.  Chanticleer has had a particular relationship with Sir John and his music;  "Village Wedding" is one of the most popular pieces in our repertoire by any composer.  We have often sung "Song for Athene" and his "Today the Virgin/Christmas Round: is one of our best-loved Christmas offerings.  One of our two Grammy (R) award winning recordings was Sir John's "Lamentations and Praises" which we commissioned and performed just over 10 years ago.  Sir John and Joe Jennings worked closely on that project.