Tallis Scholars return to Ottawa Chamberfest Dec. 9

Ottawa Chamberfest

Legendary UK vocal ensemble’s new programme explores the long legacy of a capella music

The Tallis Scholars will bring together cultures and traditions spanning centuries when they return to Ottawa for the first time since 2017. They perform at Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre on Dec. 9.

A long-time biennial winter tradition in Canada’s capital via Ottawa Chamberfest, the celebrated singers of a capella early music will expand their parameters this December. With the new programme Reflections, music director Peter Phillips draws inspiration from the similar and contrasting ways “composers who were poles apart in time and place may react to the same words.” Phillips, who celebrated 45 years at the helm last year, leads through a line-up ranging from quintessential Renaissance voices Tallis and Victoria to twentieth-century composer Francis Poulenc.

Tallis Scholars is part of the 2019-20 Chamberfest Concert Series. Limited tickets remain, and are available online at chamberfest.com, by phone at 613-234-6306, or in person at 4 Florence St., Suite 201.

Mon. Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m.

Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre
355 Cooper St. (O’Connor and Lisgar)

Chant: Salve Regina
Padilla: Salve Regina
Poulenc: Salve Regina
Cornysh: Salve Regina
Chant: Ave Maria
Cornysh: Ave Maria
Poulenc: Ave Maria a10 (arr. Jeremy White)
Allegri: Miserere mei, Deus
Corce: Miserere
Tallis: O sacrum convivium
Messaien: O sacrum convivium
Byrd: Magnificat (Short Service)
Victoria: Magnificat primi toni for double choir

Ottawa Chamberfest
Ottawa Chamberfest brings together the boldest names in ensemble and solo performance for musical celebration in the nation’s capital, through its concert series, community engagement and education (CEE), and its summer festival. The world’s largest festival of its kind, Ottawa Chamberfest is a 2019 Festivals and Events (FEO) Ontario “Top 100” and winner of seven consecutive Lieutenant-Governor’s Awards for the Arts.