Tallis Scholars
Performance

The Tallis Scholars

featuring a Hop Commission
April 06, 2024

Celebrate the journey from darkness to light with one of the world's leading performers of Renaissance choral music.

23/24 Hop Presents

With a compelling program of Byrd and White, and featuring the Hop commissioned piece sun-centered by David Lang about the fragility of human existence, the British ensemble captures the hope and joy of Easter. Celebrating its 50th anniversary this season, the ensemble continues to dazzle audiences with its mastery of sacred early music, thanks to their sophisticated technique which allows every detail of the musical lines to be heard. They are widely regarded as "the rock stars of Renaissance vocal music" (New York Times) and have garnered countless awards—including the much coveted 2021 Recording of the Year and the Choral Award in BBC Music Magazine, as well as the 2021 Gramophone Early Music Award. 

Don't miss a pre-show talk with director Peter Phillips at 7 pm, Baker Berry Library: East Reading Room.

sun-centered by David Lang was commissioned for the Tallis Scholars by Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth College, Cal Performances, Carnegie Hall Corporation, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Stanford Live, Moss Arts Center, Virginia Tech and Concertgebouw Bruges (Belgium).

Photo: Rodrigo Pérez

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 the purity and clarity of sound which he feels best serves the Renaissance repertoire. 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. As they celebrate their 50th Birthday the desire to hear this group in all corners of the globe is as strong as ever. They have now performed well over 2500 concerts. Highlights include performances in Japan, the USA, Paris, Dresden, Ravenna and Helsinki; a number of appearances in London as well as their usual touring schedule in Europe and the UK. In a monumental project to mark Josquin des Prez' 500th anniversary The Tallis Scholars sang all 18 of the composer's masses over the course of 4 days at the Boulez Saal in Berlin in July 2022 only to repeat this feat in Utrecht in summer 2023. Recordings by The Tallis Scholars have attracted many awards throughout the world. The 2020 release including Missa Hercules Dux Ferrarie was the last of nine albums in The Tallis Scholars' project to record and release all of Josquin's masses before the 500th anniversary of the composer's death. Their latest Gimell release in October 2023 is of music by John Sheppard.

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