The Tallis Scholars are marking the beginning of their 40th anniversary world tour with a concert at St Paul’s Cathedral in March.

The concert on 7 March will feature the group’s classical chart-topping piece Spem in alium, as well as performances of Arvo Pärt’s Nunc Dimittis, William Byrd’s Tribue Domine and former number one hit from 1980, Allegri’s Miserere.

Two new works will receive their world premieres at the special concert: Eric Whitacre, and Gabriel Jackson  have both written new pieces to celebrate the group’s anniversary. The concert will also contain the London premiere of Robin Walkers’ composition I have thee by the hand, O Man.

Jackson said of celebrating the group’s anniversary: ‘I’m thrilled to be able to contribute to the 40th birthday celebrations of the Tallis Scholars, a group whose unique, crystalline clarity and effortless musical finesse have done so much for the Renaissance polyphony that is so special to them and to me.’

Following the performance at St Paul’s Cathedral, the group will then launch into their worldwide tour, visiting a number of festivals across Europe, and travelling to the USA, Canada, Japan, New Zealand and Australia. The exact date of The Tallis Scholars’ first performance 40 years ago will be celebrated with a special concert at Canterbury Cathedral on 3 November.

Here is a taster of what you can expect on 7 March …

For more information about The Tallis Scholars’ St Paul’s Cathedral performance, visit www.barbican.org.uk/tallisscholars. To find out more about the group’s world tour, go to www.thetallisscholars.co.uk.

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