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The Tallis Scholars

08.10.2014 (Wed)
Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall
$320, 220, 120

“…The rock stars of Renaissance vocal music…”

The New York Times


“…an uncanny ability to increase emotional intensity so subtly that you don’t realise it’s happening. Then, suddenly, pow! The music’s blazing; so are you…”

The Times


The Tallis Scholars



In the past four decades, The Tallis Scholars serves as a forerunner advocating choral repertoire from the golden age of Renaissance.  Founded by their director Peter Phillips, the ensemble is best known for the purity and clarity of sound that allows detail of music delivered to impress.  The extensive recording catalogue by The Tallis Scholars is decorated by numerous international awards, most notably a Gramophone Record of the Year award in 1987 and a Diapason d’Or de l’Année in 1989, with recordings on Josquin de Prez and Orlande de Lassus.

In this Hong Kong concert, The Tallis Scholars will perform, from their impressive repertoire of Renaissance polyphony, music by English masters Orlando Gibbons and William Byrd.  Allegri’s Miserere, a matin written exclusively for Vatican’s Sistine Chapel, was once divine, if not mysterious, work that was allowed to be heard but not to be transferred outside of the papal chapel before Mozart made it out in his head.  The Tallis Scholars will demonstrate their supreme versatility with Song for Athene and The Lamb by the eminent British composer of our time, John Tavener.



Hosanna to the Son of David


Hosanna to the Son of David


O clap your hands


Laudibus in sanctis


Ave verum corpus


If ye love me

H. Praetorius:

Magnificat V (shorter)


with Joseph lieber and In dulci jubilo embedded




The Silver Swan


Song for Athene


The Lamb


Komm, Jesu, komm



Running time of this performance is about 1 hour and 30 minutes with an intermission of 15 minutes.  Audience are strongly advised to arrive punctually.  No latecomers will be admitted until the interval or a suitable break in the programme. 


The presenter reserves the right to change the programme and substitute artists should unavoidable circumstances make it necessary.

About the Performer


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 four times. They kicked off the year with a spectacular concert in St Paul’s Cathedral, London. Their new recording enjoyed six weeks at number one in the UK Specialist Classical Album Chart.

The Tallis Scholars' career highlights have included a tour of China in 1999, and the privilege of performing in the Sistine Chapel in April 1994 to mark the final stage of the complete restoration of the Michelangelo frescoes, broadcast on Italian and Japanese television. Recordings by The Tallis Scholars have attracted many awards throughout the world. In 1987 their recordings 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 their recordings. They were awarded Gramophone's Early Music Award in 1991, 1994 and 2005 and were nominated for a Grammy Award in 2001, 2009 and 2010. In November 2012 their recording 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.


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. He founded the Tallis Scholars in 1973, with whom he has now appeared in almost 2000 concerts and made nearly 60 discs, encouraging interest in polyphony all over the world.

Apart from The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips continues to work with other specialist ensembles, currently appearing regularly with the Choeur de Chambre de Namur, Intrada of Moscow, Musica Reservata of Barcelona and the Tudor Choir of Seattle. He has made numerous television and radio appearances, on BBC Radio 4 and the World Service as well as on German, French, Canadian and North American radio. In 2005 Peter Phillips 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.



The Tallis Scholars

Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall08.10.2014 (Wed)
$320, 220, 120


Tickets available from 13 August onwards at all URBTIX outlets, on Internet, by mobile ticketing app and credit card telephone booking.


Half-price tickets available for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and the minder, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients (Limited tickets for full-time students and CSSA recipients available on a first-come-first-served basis).


Group Booking Discount

10% off for each purchase of 4-9 standard tickets; 15% off for 10-19 standard tickets; 20% off for 20 or more standard tickets.


‘Great Music’ Package Discount

For each purchase of standard tickets for ‘The Tallis Scholars’, ‘Los Romeros Guitar Quartet’, ‘Murray Perahia and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields’, ‘When Petals Fall in Serenity - Atmospheric Music Theatre by LAW Wing-fai’, ‘Piano Recital by Ivo Pogorelich’ and ‘Opera: Puccini’s Turandot’: 5% off for any 2 programmes; 10% off for any 3 programmes; 15% off for any 4 programmes or more.


Patrons can enjoy only one of the above discount schemes for each purchase.  Please inform the box office staff at the time of purchase.



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