tallis missa…dizzyingly high and virtuosic singing…
The Observer

The third consecutive new release from The Tallis Scholars to go straight to Number One in the Specialist Classical Chart

John Taverner’s Missa Corona spinea, recently released by The Tallis Scholars, seals their position as masters of choral singing as it hits the Number One spot in the Specialist Classical Chart.

This recording comes hot on the heels of the celebrations surrounding The Tallis Scholars’ 2000th concert in September at St John’s Smith Square. Between then and Christmas they will have clocked up another 30 concerts in the UK, mainland Europe and North America – well on their way to the next thousand!  Their visit to the USA in December will be their 66th visit to the continent where this time they visit Washington DC, Philadelphia, New York, Ottawa, Waterloo, Kansas City, Boston and Toronto. The programme contains works by Tallis, Sheppard and Arvo Pärt.

In November 2013 The Tallis Scholars’ new recording of John Taverner’s Missa Gloria tibi Trinitas went straight to number one in the UK Specialist Classical Chart and stayed at number one for six weeks. In March this year “Tintinnabuli“, The Tallis Scholars’ tribute to Arvo Pärt, also went straight to number one and stayed there for two weeks. Now, in what may be a first in the history of the Classical Charts, The Tallis Scholars’ recording of John Taverner’s Missa Corona spinea has also gone straight to number one.


“Prepare to leave Planet Earth for the duration of Taverner’s Missa Corona spinea. Even the most diehard of the Tallis Scholars’ supporters who thought they’d heard everything by now will be bowled over by this astonishing performance of an astonishing work.”
Andrew Green – Early Music Today

“One of the glories of English Renaissance music … it’s so beautiful and such a radiant recording”
Andrew McGregor – BBC Radio 3 CD Review – Disc of the Week

“a communion with heavenly realms as Phillips generates tremendous dynamism and excitement”
Claire Seymour – Opera Today

” a dazzling exhibition of vocal writing, its stratospherically high treble parts weaving mesmerising lines above a richly expressive polyphonic body. The singing is as wondrous as such great music deserves.”
Stephen Pettitt – The Sunday Times

“one of the repertoire’s most challenging works … probably commissioned by Cardinal Wolsey to show off his chapel choir’s particularly fine trebles. They must have been impressive, judging by the dizzyingly high and virtuosic singing of Janet Coxwell and Amy Haworth, who often hover a full angelic octave above the part below.”
Stephen Pritchard – The Observer

“the real glory of this recording is the sopranos. They sing Taverner’s stratospheric high voice parts with truly staggering perfection. If they don’t persuade sceptics that women can actually sing Tudor polyphony better than boys, then nothing will.”
Ivan Hewett – The Daily Telegraph

“the most impressive and thoroughly satisfying account of the Mass so far on record, and for those unfamiliar with the sound of high trebles, a truly thrilling experience”
D James Ross – Early Music Review

“This is a magnificent recording. The singing shows all the customary hallmarks of a Tallis Scholars recording: absolute precision, immaculate balance and blend; flawless tuning; and great commitment to the music.”
John Quinn – MusicWeb Recording of the Month

“For long stretches the sopranos soar an octave above the rest of the singers, regularly lingering on high B flats like gymnasts poised at the highest point of a routine on the rings. The Tallis Scholars are up to the challenge.”
Richard Fairman – Financial Times

“There’s a boldness and confidence to this performance which is utterly disarming. This is a remarkable disc.”
Graham Rickson – theartsdesk.com

Photo: Tallis Scholars trebles Janet Coxwell and Amy Haworth photographed outside Merton College reach dizzyingly high notes in Taverner’s Missa Corona spinea