The Tallis Scholars

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 serve 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, usually giving around 70 concerts each year across the globe. In 2013, the group celebrated their 40th anniversary with a World Tour performing 99 events in 80 venues in 16 countries and travelling sufficient air-miles to circumnavigate the globe 4 times. On 21st September 2015, the group gave their 2,000th concert at St John’s Smith Square in London.

Highlights in the 2017/18 season include performances at: White Light Festival at the Lincoln Centre in New York; Amsterdam Musikgebouw; Klara Festival Brussels; Brugge Concertgebouw, as well as touring around USA, Europe and the UK. 

Peter Phillips

Peter Phillips has made an impressive if unusual reputation for himself in dedicating his life’s work to the research and performance of Renaissance polyphony. Having won a scholarship to Oxford in 1972, Peter Phillips studied Renaissance music with David Wulstan and Denis Arnold, and gained experience in conducting small vocal ensembles, already experimenting with the rarer parts of the repertoire. He founded The Tallis Scholars in 1973, with whom he has now appeared in over 2,000 concerts and made over 60 discs, encouraging interest in polyphony all over the world.

Apart from The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips continues to work with other specialist ensembles. He gives numerous master-classes and choral workshops every year around the world – amongst other places in Rimini (Italy), Evora (Portugal) and Avila (Spain).  In 2014 he launched the London International A Cappella Choir Competition in St John’s Smith Square, attracting choirs from all over the world, which successfully completed its 3rd run in June 2017.

In addition to conducting, Peter Phillips is well-known as a writer and broadcaster. In 2005, he was made a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture, a decoration intended to honour individuals who have contributed to the understanding of French culture in the world.

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Fri 29 June, 7.15pm, The Bowhouse | c.120 mins | £25 / £18 / £5
The Tallis Scholars | Peter Phillips director

BYRD Vigilate | BYRD Mass for Five Voices | JOSQUIN Miserere | JOSQUIN Stabat mater | JOSQUIN Absalon, fili mi | BYRD Plorans plorabit | CARVER Gloria (Missa Dum sacrum mysterium)


Sat 30 June, 8pm, The Bowhouse | c.120 mins | £25 / £18 / £5
The Tallis Scholars | Scottish Chamber Orchestra Cellos | Renaud Garcia-Fons bass

ARVO PÄRT Magnificat Antiphons | ARVO PÄRT Fratres for 8 celli | TAVENER Funeral Ikos | RENAUD GARCIA-FONS Improvisation | ARVO PÄRT Magnificat | STEVE REICH Cello Counterpoint | RENAUD GARCIA-FONS Improvisation | ARVO PÄRT Nunc dimittis | KRZYSZTOF PENDERECKI Agnus Dei for 8 celli | ALLEGRI Miserere

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Tallis Scholars photo, credit Nick Rutter

Tallis Scholars, photo credit Nick Rutter

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