The Queensland Performing Arts Center (QPAC), the City Recital Hall and the Melbourne Recital Center today announced that ‘Renaissance vocal music rock stars’ (The New York Times), The Tallis Scholars, will return to Australia for a national tour, stopping at the QPAC Concert Hall for one evening only on Wednesday, October 26, 2022 with a sublime program of sacred choral music.
Led by director Peter Phillips, the Music for the Sistine Chapel program explores the elite world of great Renaissance composers, including Josquin des Prez, Giovani Pierluigi da Palestrina, Cristobal de Morales and Tomás Luis de Victoria, with music once written for the revered Sistine Chapel Choir. , including the iconic Miserere by Gregorio Allegri.
The Sistine Chapel Choir was the premier singing body in Rome throughout the Renaissance period and one that every Catholic musician, from anywhere in Europe, aspired to join.
All the composers to be heard in this exquisite program would have been in the Choir’s orbit, receiving performances or participating in it; giving QPAC audiences the rare opportunity to hear music that was initially heavily guarded by the Pope.
For more than 40 years, the Tallis Scholars have established themselves as the world’s leading exponents of Renaissance sacred music, creating a sound of astonishing beauty and blend.
Labeled “one of the UK’s great cultural exports” by BBC Radio 3, the group sought to bring Renaissance works to wider audiences in churches, cathedrals and major venues around the world, including the Royal Albert Hall, the Sistine Chapel, Carnegie Hall and Berliner Philharmoniker.
Returning to Australia for the first time since 2016, Tallis Scholars founder and conductor Peter Phillips:
He looked forward to what will be the choral ensemble’s 10th visit.
Singing here meant a lot to us, since our first international tour took place in Australia in 1985, Musica Viva tackled total unknowns for a long time.
Nearly 40 years later and as we approach our 50th season, I remain indebted to those pioneering promoters who predicted a sequel to the hallowed polyphony of the renaissance on the concert stage. And I’m grateful for the continued support of today’s promoters like QPAC whose staff and audiences always make us feel welcome.
Venue: Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne
Date: October 25, 2022
Venue: Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Brisbane
Date: October 26, 2022
Venue: City Recital Hall, Sydney
Date: October 27, 2022