Polyphony and The Tallis Scholars feature in Gramophone Magazine’s 20 Greatest Choirs list.


Polyphony has been named the 2nd Greatest Choir by a star studded jury in the January 2011 issue of Gramophone Magazine. Founded in King’s College, Cambridge in 1986 by conductor Stephen Layton, the choir has since gone on to perform and record to great critical acclaim worldwide. Highlights for the choir and Layton have included numerous performances at the BBC Proms, the Aldeburgh and Cheltenham Festivals, as well as receiving two Grammy Award nominations: one in 2006 for Lux aeterna, a disc of works by Morten Lauridsen, and one in 2007 for a disc of works by Eric Whitacre, Cloudburst. Whitacre said of the disc (in a Gramophone article accompanying the feature), ‘Never had I dreamt that my music would one day be so beautifully and masterfully recorded by such a quintessentially British choir’. (Gramophone Magazine, Jan 2010)

Stephen Layton was further honored as Trinity College Choir, Cambridge were named 5th Greatest Choir in the poll. Composer David Briggs comments, ‘For any composer to have their music performed with such a huge emotional commitment by a choir is wonderful’. (Gramophone Magazine, Jan 2010)

The Tallis Scholars

Vocal ensemble The Tallis Scholars have been hailed by the New York Times as ‘The rock stars of Renaissance vocal music’. The Tallis Scholars have long received world-wide acclaim for the beauty of their sound and their unique performances of Renaissance music and contemporary commissions alike. Described by Lindsay Kemp as having ‘superb textural clarity, faultless intonation, meticulous recording standards and a personnel that consistently draws from the finest consort singers a well-provided nation has to offer’, the ensemble feature at number 13 in Gramophone’s list.