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Smackdown! Tallis Scholars versus Tudor Choir

OK, maybe it is a little nicer than a smackdown…

Every year since 2004, Peter Phillips has brought his Tallis Scholars Summer School to Seattle, and every year the Tudor Choir has been invited to collaborate in producing the opening concert of Renaissance vocal polyphony at St. James Cathedral.

Four of the singers from The Tallis Scholars join around a dozen singers from The Tudor Choir under Peter’s direction this year for a concert of English music. I always enjoy singing this concert – the slightly different vocal composition of the group, and Peter’s insights into the music, make for a fun and fresh way to revisit the classic repertoire. This year, for example, we will do Verbum Caro by John Sheppard, which is a monumental and familiar piece; the opportunity to perform such a work with these folks is exciting. Now if I can just lobby for Media Vita next year…