Credit: Hugo Glendinning

50 years ago on the 3 November 1973 a choral ensemble was born. A twenty-year-old Peter Phillips, a student at Oxford, had an idea of a sound in his head that he thought would suit the Renaissance sacred polyphony that he heard regularly sung in chapel. He has spent the last 50 years honing that sound. Over sixty recordings and over 2500 concerts later, the group celebrates its 50th Birthday.

‘We have managed The Tallis Scholars for almost 30 of their 50 years. In that time we’ve seen them turn into a global phenomenon, selling out the large concert halls of the world and winning many awards. It has, and continues to be, an utter pleasure to work with this energetic, perfection-seeking ensemble. We are very much looking forward to the next chapter.’