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Leading exponents of Renaissance vocal music the Tallis Scholars to perform in October (with photo)

     The UK's Tallis Scholars, praised as "the rock stars of Renaissance vocal music" by the New York Times, will give a concert in October. The concert is presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and is part of the "Great Music" series.

     The programme will include Weelkes' "Hosanna to the Son of David", Gibbons' "O clap your hands", Byrd's "Laudibus in sanctis", Tallis' "If ye love me", Allegri's "Miserere", Tavener's "Song for Athene" and "The Lamb", and more.

     The Tallis Scholars were founded in 1973 by their director and conductor, Peter Phillips. Through their recordings and concert performances, they have established themselves as the leading exponents of Renaissance sacred music throughout the world. Phillips has worked with the ensemble to create, through good tuning and blending, the purity and clarity of sound which he feels best serves the Renaissance repertoire, allowing every detail of the musical lines to be heard. The Tallis Scholars have become widely renowned for the resulting beauty of sound.

     The Tallis Scholars usually give around 70 concerts each year across the globe. In 2013 the group celebrated their 40th anniversary with a world tour performing 99 events in 80 venues in 16 countries and travelling sufficient air miles to circumnavigate the globe four times. They started last year with a spectacular concert in St Paul's Cathedral in London. Their latest recording enjoyed six weeks at number one in the UK's Specialist Classical Albums Chart.

     Recordings by the Tallis Scholars have attracted many awards throughout the world. In 1987 one of their recordings received Gramophone magazine's Record of the Year award. In 1989 the French magazine Diapason gave two of its Diapason d'Or de l'Annˆme awards for their recordings. The group were awarded Gramophone's Early Music Award and were nominated for Grammy Awards in 2001, 2009 and 2010. In 2013, their 40th anniversary year, they were welcomed into Gramophone's Hall of Fame by public vote.

     Peter Phillips has made an impressive if unusual reputation for himself in dedicating his life's work to the research and performance of Renaissance polyphony. Apart from working with the Tallis Scholars, Phillips continues to collaborate with other specialist ensembles. He is currently appearing regularly with the Choeur de Chambre de Namur, Intrada of Moscow, Musica Reservata of Barcelona and the Tudor Choir of Seattle. He has made numerous television and radio appearances, including on the BBC's Radio 4 and World Service as well as on German, French and North American radio. In 2005 the French Minister of Culture awarded Phillips the title of Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, a decoration intended to honour individuals who have contributed to the understanding of French culture in the world.

     The concert by the Tallis Scholars will be staged at 8pm on October 8 (Wednesday) at the Concert Hall of Hong Kong City Hall. Tickets priced at $320, $220 and $120 are now available at URBTIX. Half-price tickets are available for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and their minders, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients (limited tickets for full-time students and CSSA recipients available on a first-come, first-served basis). Group booking discount and package discount schemes are available. Please refer to programme leaflets for details.

     For programme enquiries, please call 2268 7321; for ticketing enquiries call 3761 6661. For telephone credit card bookings, call 2111 5999. Internet bookings are available at For more information on the programme, please visit

Ends/Monday, August 18, 2014
Issued at HKT 15:13


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