Wednesday, 11 July 2018

PGS Chamber Choir Meets the Tallis Scholars

by Dorothy Whyte-Venables

On Friday 22nd June, the Portsmouth Grammar School Chamber Choir were invited to sing in concert with the Tallis Scholars. This concert was part of the 2018 Portsmouth Festivities. The award winning choir were founded in 1973 by their director, Peter Phillips; they consist of 10 mixed voices and have established themselves as the leading exponents of Renaissance sacred music throughout the world. Their repertoire ranges from canticles by composers such as Gibbons, Britten and Pärt to Masses such as the Mass for Four voices by Byrd to glorious anthems such as Song for Athene by Tavener and Hymn to the Virgin by Britten.

The PGS Chamber Choir were invited to sing three pieces with the Tallis Scholars: Hosanna by Weelkes, The Lamb by Tavener and Hosanna by Gibbons. The whole experience was extremely refreshing as the sound which was produced was incredibly immersive and powerful, it was so helpful to have them singing with us as it offered us a lot more support to feel confident enough to sing our parts with conviction and expression to produce an overall solid performance. We were all so grateful for this opportunity to work with professionals at such a high standard and so close to home in the amazing performance space, Portsmouth Cathedral.

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