Our programme includes some of the greatest (and most difficult) music written in England in the 16th century. Encased by two giant settings of the Magnificat, Byrd’s Mass for Five Voices is one of his most intense compositions, though the simple beauty of his Ave verum is just as famous. However nothing written in the whole period can rival the astonishing Magnificat by Turges. Like the fan vaulting in late 15th-century buildings, the decoration in this music could go no further. It is the spectacular end of an era.
“The rock stars of Renaissance vocal music.” The New York Times “The sound coming from The Tallis Scholars almost surpassed the humanly possible.” The Telegraph