Peter Phillips

Biography

Born: October 15, 1953   Country: England  
Peter Phillips is one of Britain's foremost early music choral ensemble conductors and the founder and head of a leading independent record company, Gimell Records.

Phillips earned a scholarship to Oxford University in 1972 and specialized in Renaissance music, studying with Denis Arnold and David Wulstan. In 1973, Phillips brought together the choral scholars of the various chapels of Oxford and Cambridge Universities to sing sacred
Read more vocal Renaissance music. He named the group the Tallis Scholars in recognition of its members' achievement and to honor Thomas Tallis, one of the leading British Renaissance composers. In 1978, the group was organized as a permanent ensemble. At that point, they began regular concerts and tours, which have taken them through Europe, Australia, Asia, Israel, and North America.

Phillips has established himself as one of the foremost scholarly researchers in the field of sacred music before 1600. He is the contributor of a regular column on early music to The Spectator, and published a book English Sacred Music 1549-1649 (the dates of the English Reformation and the foundation of the Puritan Commonwealth), an encyclopedic account of those dramatic years in English music. He has taken an interest in the other arts of the period and is working on a companion volume on the general cultural background of those years. Since 1995, Phillips has been publisher of The Musical Times.

In 1981, Phillips and Steve Smith founded an independent record label called Gimell (the name of a letter of the Hebrew alphabet), solely to record the Tallis Scholars. The label quickly won a strong international reputation for the quality of the Scholars' performances and production quality, particularly for a highly acclaimed CD featuring Tallis' Spem in Alium, a masterpiece of polyphony in 40 voices.

In addition to performing nearly 100 concerts with the Tallis Scholars annually, Phillips also appears frequently on British radio and television programs on musical topics, such as Radio 3's Music Weekly, the BBC World Service, Kaleidoscope, and Today (both on Radio 4), and on American, Canadian, and European stations. The South Bank Show did a major documentary on the Tallis Scholars, showing how Phillips researched the music and prepared the performances, as well as taking the viewer on a Phillips-led overview of the Renaissance period in sacred vocal music. Phillips has conducted the Tallis Scholars at the BBC Promenade Concerts, the Aldeburgh Festival, the Bath Festival, and the Cheltenham Festival. In 1994, they were invited to sing two concerts in the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the death of Palestrina, which were recorded and released on Gimell. Read less
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    Tavener: Ikon of Light / Phillips, Tallis Scholars
    Label: Gimell   Catalog: 404 Release Date: 04/08/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Tavener
    Performer:  Csaba Erdélyi,  Philip De Groote,  Mark Butler,  Jeremy White
    Conductor:  Peter Phillips,  John Tavener
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tallis Scholars
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    Allegri: Miserere; Palestrina / Phillips, Tallis Scholars [blu-ray Audio]
    Label: Gimell   Catalog: 641 Release Date: 01/14/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gregorio Allegri,  Giovanni Palestrina
    Conductor:  Peter Phillips
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tallis Scholars
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    The Merton Collection - Merton College At 750
    Label: Delphian   Catalog: 34134 Release Date: 12/10/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Sheppard,  Arvo Pärt,  William Byrd,  Orlando Gibbons  ... 
    Performer:  Francis Shepherd,  Anna Steppler,  Emily Tann,  Polly [Soprano (Vocal)] Gamble
    Conductor:  Peter Phillips,  Benjamin Nicholas
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    Taverner: Missa
    Label: Gimell   Catalog: 45 Release Date: 11/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Taverner
    Conductor:  Peter Phillips
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tallis Scholars
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    Advent At Merton / Phillips, Nicholas, Choir of Merton College, Oxford
    Label: Delphian   Catalog: 34122 Release Date: 10/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Matthew Martin,  David Blackwell,  William Byrd,  James MacMillan  ... 
    Performer:  Christopher Watson,  Anna Steppler,  Emily Tann
    Conductor:  Benjamin Nicholas,  Peter Phillips
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Merton College Choir
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    Renaissance Radio / The Tallis Scholars
    Label: Gimell   Catalog: 212 Release Date: 03/12/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gregorio Allegri,  Josquin Des Préz,  Cypriano de Rore,  Jacobus Clemens non Papa  ... 
    Performer:  Deborah Roberts,  Andrew Carwood
    Conductor:  Peter Phillips
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tallis Scholars
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    Jean Mouton: Missa Dictes Moy Toutes Voz Pensees
    Label: Gimell   Catalog: 47 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Loyset Compčre,  Jean Mouton
    Conductor:  Peter Phillips
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tallis Scholars
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    Des Prez:  De Beata Virgine, Ave Maris Stella / Peter Phillips, Tallis Scholars
    Label: Gimell   Catalog: 44 Release Date: 11/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Josquin Des Préz
    Conductor:  Peter Phillips
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tallis Scholars
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    In The Beginning / Choir Of Merton College, Oxford
    Label: Delphian   Catalog: 34072 Release Date: 01/10/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aaron Copland,  Nicolas Gombert,  Gustav Holst,  Gabriel Jackson  ... 
    Conductor:  Benjamin Nicholas,  Peter Phillips
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Merton College Choir
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    Sacred Music In The Renaissance Vol 2 - Tallis Scholars
    Label: Gimell   Catalog: 302 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Antoine Brumel,  Heinrich Isaac,  Jacob Obrecht,  Alfonso Ferrabosco  ... 
    Conductor:  Peter Phillips
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tallis Scholars
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    Sacred Music In The Renaissance Vol 3 - Tallis Scholars
    Label: Gimell   Catalog: 303 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Phillippe Verdelot,  Nicolas Gombert,  John Browne,  Giovanni Palestrina  ... 
    Conductor:  Peter Phillips
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tallis Scholars
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    Sacred Music In The Renaissance Vol 1 - Tallis Scholars
    Label: Gimell   Catalog: 301 Release Date: 10/12/2010   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Gregorio Allegri,  William Byrd,  Tomás Luis de Victoria,  Thomas Tallis  ... 
    Conductor:  Peter Phillips
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tallis Scholars
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    The Imperial Composers Of Charles V & Philip II
    Label: La Ma De Guido   Catalog: 2092 Release Date: 03/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ambrosio Cotes,  Philippe Rogier,  Hernando de Cabezón,  Pierre De Manchicourt  ... 
    Conductor:  Peter Phillips
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Reservata de Barcelona
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    Victoria: Lamentations Of Jeremiah / Phillips, Tallis Scholars
    Label: Gimell   Catalog: 43 Release Date: 03/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Juan Gutierrez de Padilla,  Tomás Luis de Victoria
    Conductor:  Peter Phillips
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tallis Scholars
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    The Tallis Scholars Sing Flemish Masters
    Label: Gimell   Catalog: 211 Release Date: 10/13/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Cypriano de Rore,  Orlando de Lassus,  Johannes Ockeghem,  Heinrich Isaac  ... 
    Conductor:  Peter Phillips
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tallis Scholars
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    Josquin: Masses - Malheur Me Bat, Fortuna Desperata / Phillips, Tallis Scholars
    Label: Gimell   Catalog: 42 Release Date: 03/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Josquin Des Préz
    Conductor:  Peter Phillips
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tallis Scholars
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    Tudor Church Music Vol 1 / Phillips, Tallis Scholars
    Label: Gimell   Catalog: 209 Release Date: 11/11/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  William Cornysh,  John Taverner,  John Browne,  Christopher Tye
    Conductor:  Peter Phillips
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tallis Scholars
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    Tudor Church Music Vol 2 / Phillips, Tallis Scholars
    Label: Gimell   Catalog: 210 Release Date: 11/11/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Robert White,  Thomas Tallis,  John Sheppard
    Conductor:  Peter Phillips
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tallis Scholars
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    Sweelinck: Choral Works Vol 2 / Herreweghe, Phillips, Et Al
    Label: Etcetera Records   Catalog: 1319 Release Date: 03/25/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
    Performer:  Titia de Zwart,  Willem Bremer,  Charles Toet,  Stephen Stubbs  ... 
    Conductor:  Jan Boeke,  Philippe Herreweghe,  Peter Phillips
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Chamber Choir
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    Josquin: Missa Sine Nomine / Phillips, The Tallis Scholars
    Label: Gimell   Catalog: 39 Release Date: 03/11/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Josquin Des Préz
    Conductor:  Peter Phillips
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tallis Scholars
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    The Tallis Scholars Sing William Byrd
    Label: Gimell   Catalog: 208 Release Date: 11/13/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  William Byrd
    Conductor:  Peter Phillips
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tallis Scholars
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  • 22.
    English Madrigals / Phillips, The Tallis Scholars
    Label: Gimell   Catalog: 403 Release Date: 07/10/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Thomas Tomkins,  Orlando Gibbons,  William Byrd,  Giles Farnaby  ... 
    Conductor:  Peter Phillips
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tallis Scholars
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  • 23.
    Allegri: Miserere;  Palestrina / Phillips, Tallis Scholars
    Label: Gimell   Catalog: 41 Release Date: 03/20/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Palestrina,  Gregorio Allegri
    Conductor:  Peter Phillips
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tallis Scholars
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  • 24.
    Playing Elizabeth's Tune - The Tallis Scholars Sing Byrd
    Label: Gimell   Catalog: 592 Release Date: 11/14/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Byrd
    Conductor:  Peter Phillips
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tallis Scholars
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    Renaissance Giants / The Tallis Scholars
    Label: Gimell   Catalog: 207 Release Date: 11/14/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Thomas Tallis,  John Taverner,  Josquin Des Préz,  Giovanni Palestrina  ... 
    Conductor:  Peter Phillips
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tallis Scholars
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