The Tallis Scholars 04/19/2023 8:00pm


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Welcomed by Melanie & Anthony Fathman, MD


Orlando Gibbons O clap your hands

Thomas Tallis Suscipe quaeso

Nico Muhly Rough Notes

William Byrd Tribue domine


Giovanni Pieluigi da Palestrina Tu es Petrus

John Rutter Hymn to the Creator of Light

Nicolas Gombert Lugebat David

Josquin des Prez Absalon fili mi

Arvo Pärt Which was the son of

Our 50th birthday season gives me an opportunity to program some of the pieces which have meant most to us over the years. For this reason, I have chosen to do just one piece by my favorite composers – though there could have been many more.

In the first half we start with the anthem which first excited my interest in renaissance polyphony, Gibbons’ O clap your hands, an 8-voice tour de force. I was 14 when I first heard it in 1968, and have never looked back. Obviously, we needed to include a composition by Tallis, it didn’t matter very much which, but his 7-voice Suscipe quaeso is one of his greatest. Nico Muhly, the New York-based composer, has recently written several wonderful settings for us: Rough notes refers to the stars visible in the Antarctic. Byrd’s Tribue domine is one of our most performed items, which we have sung over 130 times, the first time in 1991.

The second half features music by Palestrina and Josquin, on whose sonorities we have largely founded our own sound and our international reputation. Josquin’s Absalon fili mi goes well with Gombert’s Lugebat David, since they are based on the same story of a father’s loss. We have made a special feature of Gombert’s music over the years, having recorded all his Magnificats in 1996. We have also made a special feature of Arvo Pärt’s music, having dedicated a disc to him in 2014. John Rutter needs little introduction, though his style is not always ours. This is a masterpiece. I could have included so many other pieces, but I think these make a satisfying sequence. I am heartened to think there is plenty more to explore in the years to come.

Peter Phillips



Over four decades of performance and a catalogue of award-winning recordings for Gimell, Peter Phillips and The Tallis Scholars have done more than any other group to establish sacred vocal music of the Renaissance as one of the great repertoires of Western classical music.

They have sought to bring Renaissance works to a wider audience in churches, cathedrals and venues on every continent on the planet except Antarctica! These include the Royal Albert Hall, the Sistine Chapel, the Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall New York, the Philharmonic Hall Berlin, Saint Mark’s Venice, Seoul Arts Centre Korea, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre London, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Wigmore Hall, Beijing Concert Hall, Megaron Athens and the Opera House Sydney.

The Tallis Scholars continue to develop their exclusive sound, praised by reviewers for its supple clarity and tone, and to bring fresh interpretations to music by contemporary as well as past composers, such as Pärt, Tavener, Whitacre, Muhly and Jackson.

‘one of the UK’s greatest cultural exports’ – BBC Radio 3

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