The Tallis Scholars
VOCAL ENSEMBLE"Voices immaculately balanced and sublimely paced"
Jeremy Pound, BBC Music Magazine
Representation: UK, Ireland, Austria, Scandinavia, Iceland, Australia, New Zealand and Asia
The Tallis Scholars were founded in 1973 by their director, Peter Phillips. Through their recordings and concert performances, they have established themselves as the leading exponents of Renaissance sacred music throughout the world. Peter Phillips has worked with the ensemble to create, through good tuning and blend, the purity and clarity of sound which he feels best serves the Renaissance repertoire, allowing every detail of the musical lines to be heard. It is the resulting beauty of sound for which The Tallis Scholars have become so widely renowned.
The Tallis Scholars perform in both sacred and secular venues, giving around 80 concerts each year. In 2013 the group celebrated their 40th anniversary with a World Tour, performing 99 events in 80 venues in 16 countries. They now look ahead to their 50th anniversary in 2023/24. In 2020 Gimell Records celebrated 40 years of recording the group by releasing a remastered version of the 1980 recording of Allegri’s ‘Miserere’. As of the beginning of the cancellations caused by the COVID-19 crisis, the Tallis Scholars had made 2,327 appearances, worldwide.
2022/23 season highlights include performances in Australia, New York and Boston, Amsterdam, Zurich, Paris, tours of Italy, a number of appearances in London as well as their usual touring schedule around the USA, Europe and the UK. In a monumental project to mark Josquin des Prez’ 500th anniversary celebrations The Tallis Scholars sang all eighteen of the composer’s masses over the course of 4 days at the Boulez Saal in Berlin in July 2022.
Recordings by The Tallis Scholars have attracted many awards throughout the world. In 1987 their recording of Josquin’s Missa La sol fa re mi and Missa Pange lingua received Gramophone magazine’s Record of the Year award, the first recording of early music ever to win this coveted award. In 1989 the French magazine Diapason gave two of its Diapason d’Or de l’Année awards for the recordings of a mass and motets by Lassus and for Josquin’s two masses based on the chanson L’Homme armé. Their recording of Palestrina’s Missa Assumpta est Maria and Missa Sicut lilium was awarded Gramophone’s Early Music Award in 1991; they received the 1994 Early Music Award for their recording of music by Cipriano de Rore; and the same distinction again in 2005 for their disc of music by John Browne. The Tallis Scholars were nominated for a Grammy Award in 2001, 2009 and 2010. In November 2012 their recording of Josquin’s Missa De beata virgine and Missa Ave maris stella received a Diapason d’Or de l’Année and in their 40th anniversary year they were welcomed into the Gramophone ‘Hall of Fame’ by public vote. In a departure for the group in Spring 2015 The Tallis Scholars released a disc of music by Arvo Pärt called Tintinnabuli which received great praise across the board. The latest recording of Josquin masses including Missa Hercules Dux Ferrarie was released in November 2020 and was winner of the BBC Music Magazine’s much coveted Recording of the Year Award in 2021 and the 2021 Gramophone Early Music Award. This disc was the last of nine albums in The Tallis Scholars’ project to record and release all Josquin’s masses before the 500th anniversary of the composer’s death in 2021.
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The Tallis Scholars begin Birthday Celebrations
April 28th, 2023
Having returned from a 3 week tour of the USA performing their 50th Birthday programme, The Tallis Scholars are now readying themselves for the UK and Europe leg of their Birthday celebrations. Find out more here.
Tallis Scholars remember Sir John Tavener
January 30th, 2023
In 2014 John Tavener would have celebrated his 70th Birthday but sadly he died in 2013. The Tallis Scholars had a long association with John. To mark the tenth anniversary of his death, they present a special programme of his music, ‘Taverner to Tavener’, containing two pieces written for the Tallis Scholars, alongside music by…Read more ›
Glowing reviews for the Tallis Scholars’ recent tour in Australia
November 2nd, 2022
After a hugely successful Australian tour, The Tallis Scholars have been receiving some wonderful reviews of their concerts in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney. Suzannah Conway for Limelight “[A]stonishing technical skills and quality of these elite voices […] Phillips directed with complete command of the complexity of the piece”. “[A] splendid and powerful performance by singers…Read more ›
The Tallis Scholars: Josquin Project
July 4th, 2022
Originally scheduled to coincide with the 500th anniversary of Josquin’s death in August 2021, an extraordinary project brings the ensemble to the Pierre Boulez Saal to close the season. Over the course of four days (13th – 16th July 2022), they will perform Josquin’s complete masses in the first ever cyclical presentation of these works…Read more ›
Tallis Scholars – Divine Office
November 1st, 2021
As the UK moved to GMT on Sunday 31 October The Tallis Scholars marked the hours of the day on BBC Radio 3 with the monastic services of the Divine Office. Matins, Lauds, Prime, Terce and Mass, Sext, None, Vespers and Compline. Details here.
Live from London – Christmas, December 2020
“For some 47 years, this distinguished group of singers, led by its founder, Peter Phillips, has given the world a cappella singing at its finest. The ensemble has set a standard so high that a greater level of musical perfection is simply not conceivable”
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