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The Tallis Scholars launch a partnership with the NYCC in the concert in February

Harriet Clifford

Tallis Scholars launch partnership with NYCC in February concert

12:32, 7th January 2020

The Tallis Scholars are to launch a partnership with the National Youth Chamber Choir (NYCC) in a performance on 16 February at Saffron Hall, in Essex.

The programme will include Thomas Tallis’s 40-part motet Spem in alium, Allegri’s Miserere and works by Byrd, Pärt and Croce. Their partnership will involve shared concert platforms, observing professional rehearsals, UK-wide performances, and masterclasses from the Tallis Scholars’ founder-director Peter Phillips.

Ben Parry, artistic director and principal conductor of the National Youth Choir of Great Britain (NYCGB), said, ‘NYCGB’s new performance partnership scheme is just another brilliant initiative for our members to experience unbeatable training and performance opportunities with some of the world’s most distinguished professional musicians … This is certainly a highlight of our 2019-20 season.’

A new singer with the Tallis Scholars, Ellie Sperling, will be performing in this concert, having been in NYCGB’s Fellowship in 2018, which she described as ‘a truly fantastic experience’. While a member of the Fellowship, she heard the Tallis Scholars perform for the first time; she told C&O, ‘Immediately, I was blown away by the precision of the music, and the power coming from just ten voices … Peter and the group are all inspiring individuals, and are also some of the loveliest people to be around.’ Since then, Sperling has performed in more than ten concerts and two radio broadcasts with the Tallis Scholars.

For four decades, the Tallis Scholars have been bringing renaissance music to audiences in churches, cathedrals and elsewhere. The NYCC is the National Youth Choir’s elite ensemble, often serving as a springboard for professional musical careers.


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