Sir John Tavener, R.I.P.

A few weeks ago, the Choir of Our Lady of Walsingham, Houston, under the able hand of Organist/Choirmaster Ed Franklin, sang Sir John Tavener’s “The Lamb,” as a communion anthem.  It was very beautiful, one of those rare moments when all the senses were directed upward.  One has to be careful with the poetry of William Blake, whose philosophical vision is eclectic in the extreme, but Tavener’s setting orders it properly.  Tavener died Nov. 12 in Dorset, aged 69.  From the Beatles to Our Lady of Walsingham, Houston, a great gulf has been fixed, but somehow Tavener has bridged it!