Photo: Valérie Batselaere

The Tallis Scholars 2000th concert took place on 21st September 2015 at St Johns Smith Square in London. The concert also launched the 2015 London International A Cappella Choir Competition, a competition started by Peter Phillips in 2014.

“To celebrate The Tallis Scholars’ 2000th concert I decided to go for one of the most exciting – and least performed – of all the big Tudor Mass settings; the Missa Cantate by John Sheppard. The very title – Cantate: Sing! – gives the clue.  In the second half we reprise a work which Gabriel Jackson wrote for our 40th anniversary. This again is a shout of praise.  We end with Tribue domine, the piece by William Byrd we have performed most often over the years.”

Peter Phillips

To celebrate this landmark, Gimell Records have released “Perfect Polyphony”, a 2CD set featuring Peter Phillips’ favourite recordings of Renaissance Polyphony including music by Browne, Gesualdo, Gombert, Isaac Mouton and Victoria.