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Thursday, May 28, 2015
Tallis Concert CD - Live in Concert
a cappella (unaccompanied) mixed-voice group Tallis Consort has recently
released a new CD featuring 22 tracks of choral music, recorded in the superb
acoustical setting of St Mary’s Church in Douglas, incorporating several
ex-choral scholars and experienced musicians drawn from the Island’s abundant
directed by Brian Head (former choral scholar at King’s College, Cambridge, and
subsequently a professional singer and conductor), Tallis Consort was borne of
a group of friends who sang this distinctive early music as a leisure pursuit,
with their first recitals during the 1990s, before the group developed into a
more expansive and formal contemporary ensemble.
only a handful of opportunities (usually December and May) to hear the Tallis
Consort live at selected events, this CD offers a miscellany of compositions and
an array of challenges for the singers throughout the sound track, which was
recorded live by Matt Brewster (who also acted as editor and producer) and John
unaccompanied, in English, Russian and Latin, this is a powerful blend of voices
which highlights the work of composers such as Orlando Gibbons, William Byrd,
Thomas Tallis and William Walton, but is not averse to Nordic and Russian
influence, or the inclusion of Victorian Carols; with a repertoire extending
from the fifteenth century up to present day.
CD is available at various outlets across the Island priced at £10, with all
profits donated to the Choristers’ Fund at Peel Cathedral to help provide