Performance Friday, April 17, 2015 | 8 PM

The Tallis Scholars: Spem in alium Project

Church of St. Ignatius Loyola
Magnificently constructed, richly sonorous, and breathlessly beautiful, Tallis’s 40-voice motet “Spem in alium” is one of the towering masterpieces of Renaissance sacred vocal music. Thirty young choral singers will be coached by and perform with Peter Phillips and The Tallis Scholars, the preeminent a cappella vocal ensemble, in this concert that also features Brumel’s Missa Et ecce terrae motus and Victoria’s Missa Salve regina, as well as motets by Gibbons, Sheppard, Weelkes, and Cowper.


  • The Tallis Scholars
    Carnegie Hall Chamber Chorus
    Peter Phillips, Conductor


  • DE VICTORIA Kyrie: Missa Salve regina
  • BRUMEL Gloria: Missa Et ecce terrae motus
  • DE VICTORIA Credo: Missa Salve regina
  • BRUMEL Sanctus: Missa Et ecce terrae motus
  • BRUMEL Benedictus: Missa Et ecce terrae motus
  • DE VICTORIA Agnus Dei: Missa Salve regina
  • GIBBONS "O clap your hands"
  • WEELKES "Gloria in Excelsis Deo"
  • TALLIS "Audivi vocem"
  • COWPER “Hodie, nobis caelorum rex”
  • TALLIS "If ye love me"
  • SHEPPARD "Libera nos, salva nos," I, II
  • TALLIS "Spem in alium"


Tallis's "Spem in alium"
Tallis Scholars | Peter Phillips, Conductor
Gimell Records

At a Glance

This evening’s performance is the capstone to an intensive week of rehearsals within a workshop for pre-professional singers offered by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute. The 37 participating choristers were selected through an international audition process to prepare this repertoire under the guidance of Peter Phillips for performance alongside The Tallis Scholars. The workshop participants and The Tallis Scholars are heard together in both the composite mass on the first half of the program and in the final work, the extraordinary 40-part motet “Spem in alium.” The balance of the program showcases the workshop singers in a range of smaller works, which were prepared this week by Peter Phillips and George Steel, founder and conductor of the Vox Vocal Ensemble.


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