Tallis Chamber Choir

Biography

Active: 1982 -
The Tallis Chamber Choir is an active British choir with a broad repertory and a reputation for strongly researched programs. It was founded in 1982 by choral director Philip Simms. The chorus soon became one of the best known in England. It is a flexible organization and can provide from 12 to 60 voices for a performance, depending on the requirements of the venue and the material.

While the name of the choir suggests that it is an early
Read more music organization, its repertory in fact is generous. What the Tallis Chamber Choir shares with the early music movement is that is performances are meticulously researched and sung according to the style appropriate to the music.

The choir's flexibility is suggested by their activities in a given six-month period: They began the last half of 1999 doing a soundtrack recording for a new film called The Criminal and during the next week sang a concert performance of Handel's Theodora. A major appearance at the Wratislava Cantans Festival in Poland in September included Haydn's The Creation and a choral concert of music of Tallis, Byrd, Gibbons, Sheppard, Morley, Martin, and Poulenc, followed within the a month's time by performances of two Handel choral works, Mozart's Requiem, and Burstein's The Gates of Time. Then, within two weeks they sang in Scriabin's Prometheus and began the busy Christmas season with Handel's Messiah, a festive Christmas program, and Berlioz's L'Enfance du Christ.

In addition to soundtrack work, the choir makes backing tracks for television commercials, sings with major orchestras under some of the world's most famous conductors, and appears in music festivals throughout Europe.

Its recordings include a live recording of its Concert for the Queen Mother's 90th Birthday, conducted by Raymond Leppard, an appearance on a Branford Marsalis saxophone LP, Orff's Carmina Burana, and releases of Verdi's Il trovatore, Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore. They sang on the soundtrack of the TV documentary Disaster at Sea, (about the Exxon Valdez shipwreck).

Its tonal qualities are described by British critics as warm, exuberant, and technically brilliant. The Tallis Chamber Choir is not related to the Tallis Scholars, a Renaissance a cappella choral group founded in 1973 by Peter Phillips. Read less
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  • 1.
    Donizetti: L'elisir D'amore / Viotti, Alagna, Devia, Spagnoli, Pratico
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 4681478 Release Date: 06/15/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti
    Performer:  Pietro Spagnoli,  Roberto Alagna,  Mariella Devia,  Francesca Provvisionato  ... 
    Conductor:  Marcello Viotti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Tallis Chamber Choir
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  • 2.
    Artist Profile - Jeremy Summerly
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8506024 Release Date: 10/27/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Charles Villiers Stanford,  Gabriel Fauré,  George Frideric Handel,  Heinrich Schütz  ... 
    Performer:  Carys-Anne Lane,  Nicholas Gedge,  Colm Carey,  Peter Crawford  ... 
    Conductor:  Jeremy Summerly
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Camerata,  Royal Academy of Music Baroque Orchestra,  Tallis Chamber Choir  ... 
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  • 3.
    Ringger: A Moment Of Sunrise, Etc / Jenny, Prossnitz
    Label: Tudor Records   Catalog: 7036 Release Date: 06/29/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Rolf Urs Ringger
    Performer:  Walter Prossnitz
    Conductor:  Mathias Jenny
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Tallis Chamber Choir
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  • 4.
    Best Of London - Sullivan, Elgar, Handel, Holst, Walton, Etc
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572098-99 Release Date: 07/29/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Francis Cutting,  Charles Hubert Parry,  Gustav Holst  ... 
    Performer:  Dorothy Linell,  Matthew Larkin,  John Lenehan
    Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth,  Noel Edison,  Howard Griffiths,  Kees Bakels  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana,  Elora Choir of St. John's,  English Sinfonia  ... 
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    The Essential Jose Carreras
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 721358 Release Date: 01/15/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Rodgers,  José Feliciano,  Richard Strauss,  N. Alvarez Solar-Quintes  ... 
    Performer:  Sarah Kingley,  Juliet Midgley,  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  José Carreras  ... 
    Conductor:  Jonathan Tunick,  Steven Mercurio,  Joan Casas,  Placido Domingo  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Gumpoldskirch Boys Choir,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 6.
    Handel: Messiah / Pople, London Festival Orchestra, Et Al
    Label: Arte Nova   Catalog: 418490 Release Date: 09/04/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Harold Lester,  Ben Lees,  David Barrell,  Richard Edgar-Wilson  ... 
    Conductor:  Ross Pople
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Festival Orchestra,  Tallis Chamber Choir
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  • 7.
    Best Beethoven 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 97307 Release Date: 07/31/2007   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Eric Heidsieck,  Paul Tortelier,  Stephen Kovacevich,  Siegfried Rudolf Frese  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Wolfgang Sawallisch,  Riccardo Muti,  Jeffrey Tate  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Nash Ensemble  ... 
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    Orff: Carmina Burana / Pople, Liebeck, Hill, Et Al
    Label: Arte Nova   Catalog: 340480 Release Date: 04/12/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Orff
    Performer:  Ann Liebeck,  Martyn Hill,  David Barrell
    Conductor:  Ross Pople
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Festival Orchestra,  Tallis Chamber Choir,  New London Children's Choir
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  • 9.
    Chill With Handel
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8556787 Release Date: 04/20/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Claron McFadden,  Elisabeth Scholl,  Susanne Rydén,  Simon Lindley  ... 
    Conductor:  Josef Kopelman,  Joachim Carlos Martini,  Charles Medlam,  Bradley Creswick  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana,  Frankfurt Junge Kantorei Baroque Orchestra,  London Baroque  ... 
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  • 10.
    English Choral Music - Britten: St. Nicolas, Etc / Bedford
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557203 Release Date: 11/18/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Philip Langridge
    Conductor:  Steuart Bedford
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Schools Symphony Orchestra,  New London Children's Choir,  BBC Singers  ... 
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  • 11.
    Handel: Coronation Anthems, Etc / Summerly, Ryan, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557003 Release Date: 01/21/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Rebecca Ryan,  David Bates,  Edward Lyon,  Nicholas Warden  ... 
    Conductor:  Jeremy Summerly
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Academy of Music Baroque Orchestra,  Tallis Chamber Choir
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  • 12.
    Beethoven - Super Hits
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 89159 Release Date: 02/15/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Leon Fleisher,  Dennis O'Neill,  Carolyn Watkinson,  Suzanne Murphy  ... 
    Conductor:  George Szell,  Michael Tilson Thomas,  Eugene Ormandy,  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra,  Tallis Chamber Choir,  English Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 13.
    A Tenors Valentine / Carreras, Domingo, Pavarotti
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 60974 Release Date: 01/05/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Giacomo Puccini,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti,  Placido Domingo,  José Carreras,  Agnes Baltsa  ... 
    Conductor:  Emerson Buckley,  Luis Cobos,  Placido Domingo,  Lorin Maazel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Emilia Romagna Arturo Toscanini Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus  ... 
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  • 14.
    Night Tracks
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 34703 Release Date: 10/29/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Patrick Cassidy,  René Eespere,  Wojciech Kilar  ... 
    Performer:  Emmanuel Lawler,  Mary Clarke,  Ian Watson,  Elisabeth Leonskaja  ... 
    Conductor:  Philip Simms,  Harry Rabinowitz,  Hugh Wolff,  Lawrence Foster  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anuna,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Tallis Chamber Choir  ... 
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    Donizetti: L'Elisir d'Amore / Viotti, Alagna, Devia
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 998483 Release Date: 02/13/1996   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti
    Performer:  Roberto Alagna,  Pietro Spagnoli,  Bruno Praticò,  Francesca Provvisionato  ... 
    Conductor:  Marcello Viotti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tallis Chamber Choir,  English Chamber Orchestra
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  • 16.
    Bizet - Greatest Hits
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 64594 Release Date: 06/13/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Bizet
    Performer:  Beverly Sills,  Richard Tucker,  Agnes Baltsa,  José Carreras  ... 
    Conductor:  Andre Kostelanetz,  Pierre Dervaux,  Placido Domingo,  Eugene Ormandy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Orchestra,  Tallis Chamber Choir  ... 
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  • 17.
    Opera - Greatest Hits
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 66707 Release Date: 12/06/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Alexander Borodin,  Friedrich von Flotow  ... 
    Performer:  Agnes Baltsa,  Leo Nucci,  Luciano Pavarotti,  Richard Tucker  ... 
    Conductor:  Ion Marin,  Riccardo Chailly,  Emerson Buckley,  Emil Tchakarov  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Emilia Romagna Arturo Toscanini Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 18.
    Beethoven - Greatest Hits
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 64052 Release Date: 08/09/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Dennis O'Neill,  Gwynne Howell,  Suzanne Murphy,  Carolyn Watkinson  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas,  George Szell,  Sir Colin Davis,  Eugene Ormandy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tallis Chamber Choir,  English Chamber Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra  ... 
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  • 19.
    Verdi - Greatest Hits
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 64070 Release Date: 08/09/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Paul Plishka,  Michael Sylvester,  Vladimir Chernov,  Eileen Farrell  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine,  Max Rudolf,  Leonard Bernstein,  Lorin Maazel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Columbia Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 20.
    Opera Duets / Baltsa, Carreras, Domingo, London So
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 53968 Release Date: 01/11/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Vincenzo Bellini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Pietro Mascagni  ... 
    Performer:  Agnes Baltsa,  José Carreras,  Margaretha Hintermeier
    Conductor:  Placido Domingo
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Tallis Chamber Choir
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  • 21.
    Romances For Saxophone / Branford Marsalis
    Label: Cbs Masterworks   Catalog: 42122 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michel Colombier,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Claude Debussy,  Igor Stravinsky  ... 
    Performer:  Branford Marsalis
    Conductor:  Andrew Litton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Tallis Chamber Choir
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