Early Music Vancouver

Renaissance Masters on the Battlefield

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Sun May 03 2020 3pm
Chan Shun Concert Hall

Presented by Early Music Vancouver

The Tallis Scholars were founded in 1973 by their director, Peter Phillips. Through their recordings and concert performances, they have established themselves as the leading exponents of Renaissance sacred vocal music throughout the world.

The Field of the Cloth of Gold represents one of the most spectacular political summit meetings of all time. Henry VIII of England and Francis I of France met to seal a treaty of friendship between their two warring countries, with no expense spared. Everything was carefully prepared to make the surface seem smooth, yet there was an undercurrent of the most intense rivalry, from the negotiations of high state, to the wrestling, the food, the jousting – and the music. The two Chapels Royal were in attendance, and of course they tried to out-sing each other. As luck would have it the two choirs were led by two exceptional composers of the period, to whom the Tallis Scholars have devoted individual recordings: Jean Mouton on the French side, and William Cornysh on the English.

The Tallis Scholars; Peter Phillips, Director

Pre-concert talk at 2:15pm.


Presented in association with the Chan Centre through the support of the Chan Endowment Fund at the University of British Columbia. 

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Sun May 3 2020 3pm
Chan Shun Concert Hall