The world première of A New Commandment, a piece by the late Sir John Tavener specially commissioned for Summer Fields, was in February 2014 at the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford.
This work was possibly one of his very last commissions before his sudden and untimely death in November 2013.?
"I have set these words from St John’s Gospel many times, because I feel them to be among the most profound and therefore key texts in the Christian faith.
This setting falls into three sections with an ABA structure.
A New Commandment is dedicated to my mother-in-law Mary, but it is also an unspoken tribute to the Spanish master Victoria who has inspired me throughout my life."