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The Tallis Scholars

The Light of the Heavenly Spheres

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Please note – the number of tickets available for this event is increasing, as we relax social distancing measures within the main hall. This is in line with Government and local council guidelines. Our Box Office team will be in touch with ticketholders about how this affects their tickets or seats, and options such as moving to a better seat if one has become available. You can read more about our Covid-19 response here.

Celestial light, refracted in the image of the planets turning and returning in space, is the inspiration for this exquisite programme by the world renowned Tallis Scholars on their long-awaited return to St George’s.

Gibbons Hosanna

Morley Hark! Alleluia

Taverner Quemadmodum

Muhly Rough Notes

White Christe qui lux es IV

Palestrina Agnus dei (from the Missa Brevis)


Rutter Hymn to the Creator of Light

Byrd O lux beata Trinitas

Fayrfax O lux beata Trinitas

Tallis O nata lux

Isaac Angeli, Archangeli

Josquin Agnus dei (from the Missa L’homme armé Sexti Toni)

From writing which turns on itself (the Josquin and Palestrina), to music scored luminously high (the White and Taverner), to pieces which use light in their titles (the Tallis and Fayrfax), to Nico Muhly’s Rough Notes, written for the Tallis Scholars in 2018, which refers to the night sky in the Antarctic. According to Pythagoras, the turning of the planets generated a kind of beautiful and harmonious mathematical music.

Lose yourself in the radiant wonder of the spheres, hymned in this sequence of beautiful pieces.

“The ensemble has set a standard so high that a greater level of musical perfection is simply not conceivable” Linda Holt, *****, Bachtrack

Pre-event Food & Drink

Enjoy delicious drinks and light bites from our Café Bar ahead of the event.

Available to pre-order when booking your tickets, you can choose from a selection of house drinks on arrival, accompanied by a board of bread, olives and dips (all Vegetarian). Just select which option – for one or two people – you would like, before checkout.

Your pre-ordered food and drink will be available to collect from the Café Bar from 60 minutes before the event. It’s the perfect way to begin your event experience at St George’s!