Tallis Festival 2017


29 September-1 October 2017

TALLIS Spem in alium nunquam habui
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Mass in G minor for double choir

MEALOR Let all the world in every corner sing
KING’S SINGERS (Knight/Lawson) Danny Boy
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Let all the world in every corner sing

Tallis Festival 2017 is a weekend of concentrated and exhilarating music-making in London. A 100-strong mixed-voice choir will form on the Friday evening, rehearse intensively all weekend and the event will culminate in a high-standard public concert on the evening of Sunday 1 October 2017.

Thomas Tallis’s celebrated 40-part motet Spem in alium makes its return; the longer work is the Mass in G minor for double choir by Ralph Vaughan Williams. To complete the programme we have music from every part of the British Isles: Miserere by Scottish composer James MacMillan, the beautiful Irish tune Danny Boy in an arrangement made famous by the King’s Singers, and two settings of the weekend’s ‘theme tune’ Let all the world in every corner sing, one by Welshman Paul Mealor and the other by Englishman Ralph Vaughan Williams. We’re delighted to be able to feature the music of MacMillan and Mealor for the first time at a Tallis Festival.

For further details follow these in-page links:

Concert tickets
Outline timetable
Application form
Invite your friends
Audio links
Music Director’s notes

Concert tickets – £5

Available all weekend or can be reserved by email for payment and collection on the night. See or email
Alison Benbow
A4 concert poster (PDF, opens in new window)
A5 concert flyer (PDF, opens in new window)

Outline timetable

Friday 29 September 2017 (optional, 6.00-9.30pm)
St Mary-at-Hill Church, St Mary-at-Hill, Eastcheap, London EC3R 8EE location map (opens in new window)
6.00pm registration, coffee, collection of music
6.30-9.30pm rehearsal with break

Saturday 30 September 2017 (9.00am-7.00pm +)
St Mary-at-Hill Church, St Mary-at-Hill, Eastcheap, London EC3R 8EE location map (opens in new window)
9.00am registration, coffee, collection of music
10.00am-1.00pm & 2.30-7.00pm rehearsals with breaks
7.30-10.30pm PARTY

Sunday 1 October 2017 (9.30am-1.00pm)
Lecture Theatre G16, Sir Alexander Fleming Building, Imperial College, South Kensington Campus, London SW7 2AZlocation map (opens in new window)
9.30am coffee
10.00am-1.00pm rehearsals with breaks

Sunday 1 October 2017 (2.30-9.30pm)
Holy Trinity Church, Prince Consort Road, South Kensington, London SW7 2BAlocation map (opens in new window)
2.30-6.00pm rehearsals with breaks, choir moves and notices
7.30-c. 9.30pm CONCERT

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Participation fee
Standard: £75.00
Member of Friends of Exmoor Singers (FoES): £50.00
Student: £25.00

Tallis Spem (OUP): buy £19.00, hire £3.00
Vaughan Williams Mass (Faber): buy £6.50, hire £3.00
MacMillan Miserere (Boosey & Hawkes): buy £6.00, Hire £3.00
Mealor Let all the world (Novello & Co): buy £3.00 (no hire copies available)
King’s Singers (Knight/Lawson) Danny Boy (Hal Leonard): buy £1.50 (no hire copies available)
Vaughan Williams Let all the world (Stainer): buy £3.00, hire £2.00

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Application form

To reserve your place, complete and submit the Tallis Festival 2017 Application Form online (opens in new window). Once submitted, you will receive an email summarising your booking with details of how to pay. Your place will be confirmed once payment is received. If you have any questions, please email alison.benbow@exmoorsingers.org

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Invite your friends

We’re always happy to welcome new singers so if you know of anyone who might like to take part in Tallis Festival 2017 please download an A4 poster or two A5 flyers (pdfs, open in new windows), share our facebook event, or tweet this page:

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Audio links to YouTube

Tallis Spem
Vaughan Williams Mass
MacMillan Miserere
Mealor Let all the world
King’s Singers Danny Boy
Vaughan Williams Let all the world

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Music Director’s notes

This year’s all-British programme revolves around the welcome return, by popular demand, of Spem and two other favourite works voted for earlier this year by Tallis Festival alumni: Vaughan Williams’ magnificent unaccompanied double-choir Mass in G minor and James MacMillan’s hauntingly-beautiful Miserere. Ireland is represented by the King’s Singers’ exquisite version of Danny Boy. Our tour of the British Isles visits Wales in the form of Paul Mealor’s thrilling Let all the world in every corner sing and, in a neat symmetry, we shall include Vaughan Williams’ famous setting of the same text, which also provides our closing concert with a title in perfect accord with the ethos of the Tallis Festival.

Every item on the programme is a jewel in the choral crown and I’m eagerly anticipating experiencing them all with this year’s Tallis Festival Choir.