A champion of new music, Stephen Layton has collaborated on new works and recordings with a number of composers including Arvo Pärt, Thomas Adès, James MacMillan and Ēriks Ešenvalds.  His bold realisation of John Tavener’s epic seven-hour vigil, The Veil of the Temple - a new departure in British music - was premiered in 2003 at The Temple Church London and subsequently performed in 2004 at the Royal Albert Hall during the BBC Proms and in the Avery Fisher Hall, New York as part of the Lincoln Center Festival.