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.
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Josquin: Missa Hercules Dux Ferrarie - Missa D'ung aultre amer - Missa Faysant regretz

Released: November 1, 2020
Label: Gimell Records
Composers: Josquin

Josquin: Missa Mater Patris - Bauldeweyn: Missa Da pacem

Released: November 1, 2019
Label: Gimell Records
Composers: Josquin, Bauldeweyn

Josquin: Missa Gaudeamus and Missa L'ami Baudichon

Released: October 16, 2018
Label: Gimell Records
Composer: Josquin

Josquin: Missa Di dadi and Missa Une mousse de Biscaye

Released: October 28, 2016
Label: Gimell Records
Composer: Josquin

Taverner: Missa Corona spinea

Released: November 13, 2015
Label: Gimell Records
Composer: Taverner

Perfect Polyphony

Released: August 28, 2015
Label: Gimell Records

Tintinnabuli

Released: March 10, 2015
Label: Gimell Records
Composer: Pärt

The Tallis Scholars sing Thomas Tallis

Released: September, 2004
Label: Gimell Records
Composer: Thomas Tallis

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Chant

Available: December 4-15, 2024
There is only one theme underlying this program, which is chant. The group presents this in three different ways: the 12th century interpretation of it by Hildegard of Bingen; the living Gregorian tradition as shown in these settings of the Salve regina and Nunc dimittis; and Arvo Pärt's reimagining of this tradition, partly in the Orthodox view. For 1000 years, chant represented all there was of 'classical' music. It went on to influence some of the greatest music ever written in its image. 

In dulci jubilo

Available: December 4-15, 2024
The most traditional way to celebrate Christmas is to turn to Gregorian chant. The Tallis Scholars do this in three different styles: the interpretation of it by the 12th century abbess Hildegard of Bingen (these are her own compositions); the living Gregorian tradition as shown in settings of the Salve regina and Nunc dimittis, and as adapted in the medieval popular song In dulci jubilo; and Arvo Pärt's reimagining of this tradition, partly in the Orthodox view.

Palestrina 500

Available: April 21 - May 6, 2025
The 500th anniversary of Palestrina's birth is the perfect opportunity to celebrate this most consummate of renaissance composers. From his time to ours he has come to represent an entire epoch of music, and to influence some of the greatest names from later centuries – Handel and Beethoven among them.

Glorious Creatures

Available: April 21 - May 6, 2025
This program is formed around how nature beautifies our lives, from the sun in the sky to the flowers that grow in our gardens. By extension we include the grapes that make the vinum bonum we enjoy. The title is taken from a new setting of words by Thomas Traherne, commissioned by the Tallis Scholars from Nico Muhly.   Some of these pieces (like de Rore's Descendi in hortum meum) involve canon, which is the musical equivalent of the kind of artifice we may associate with horticulture. To draw both strands together we end with a grandly canonic setting of the Magnificat by the Spanish master Sebastián de Vivanco, whose setting of a text from the Song of Songs opens the program.

Mysteries and Miracles

Available: April 9-26, 2026
This program consists entirely of music which was inspired by a miraculous event in the life of Jesus, as set by a host of differing composers. The texts tell their own story. Victoria's Missa O magnum mysterium is based on his motet of the same name, in which Christ's miraculous birth is described, with the animals looking on. In the two De Wert motets which follow, Egressus Jesus tells the story of Christ curing a girl who is possessed of a demon, while Ascendente Jesu illustrates in music (rather graphically) how Christ calmed the waves of the sea in the midst of a raging storm.