news_2010_10_01Award-winning label Gimell Records celebrates thirty years of recordings with three specially-priced box sets – one set for each decade of recordings.  Each set of four CDs features over five hours of the award-winning performances that helped establish the sacred vocal music of the Renaissance as one of the great repertoires of Western classical music.

Gimell Records celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2010.  Set up by Peter Phillips and Steve Smith in 1980 solely to record The Tallis Scholars, the Gimell label has gone on to win many awards throughout the world including three Diapason d’Or Awards and four Gramophone Awards, one of which was the Gramophone Record of the Year Award in 1987.  Gimell was the first independent label to receive this prestigious award and it remains the only recording of Early Music to have won this coveted accolade.

On the 30th anniversary, Peter Phillips said: “The creation of Gimell has meant that for 30 years I have been able to record whatever music I wanted.  Every one of our fifty releases has been planned, recorded and edited by me and Steve Smith, my loyal producer and co-founder of Gimell Records.  This has been a unique privilege for a concert artist – never being asked to cut corners.  I am immensely grateful to my singers, our concert agents, and our CD distributors but especially to those hundreds of thousands of supporters worldwide who own a Gimell recording.”

The first Gimell recording, of the much-loved Allegri Miserere, was made on March 22nd and 23rd, 1980, in the Chapel of Merton College, Oxford, renowned for its outstanding acoustics.  Some of Gimell’s best-loved recordings have been made in this Chapel, including their acclaimed CD of Tallis’s monumental 40-part motet Spem in alium.

Peter Phillips and The Tallis Scholars have specialised in the performance of Renaissance polyphony since 1973.  Through their award-winning recordings and in over 1,600 concerts they have built a reputation for bringing some of the greatest European church music of the 15th and 16th centuries onto the concert platform and into the recording studio.  They are without doubt the leading exponents of Renaissance sacred music and their exploration of the depth and variety of this repertoire has reached a world-wide audience.