Tallis: Spem in Alium

Saturday 25 April 2020

  • 9:30am – Registration
  • 10:00am – Warm-up in the nave
    10:20am – Disperse for Group Practice
    12:30pm – Lunch
    1:45pm – Tutti rehearsal in nave
    3:30pm – Tea
    4:00pm – Concert Performances
    4:30pm – Evensong

  • Gloucester Cathedral
  • Adrian Partington – conductor

Tickets: £20

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Come and Listen

If you are coming along with a singer or just want to listen to this wonderful music in the unique acoustic of Gloucester Cathedral, please feel free to do so. A performance of Tallis’ motets is also planned during the lunch break for all to enjoy.

See our Spem in Alium 2014 on YouTube

Are you a singer looking for a fabulous experience?

We offer the opportunity for up to 320 singers to spend a day in Gloucester Cathedral learning and performing this beautiful, complex and seldom-performed work. A forty-part motet, originally composed in 1570 for 8 choirs of 5 voices each, Spem in Alium requires discipline from the singers and extraordinary control from the conductor.

I think the most important aspect of this venture was inclusivity: to get together so many singers in this region…”


How it will work

Singers will rehearse in 8 smaller choirs and perform together twice. Each choir will be made up of 10 soprano, 8 alto 1, 8 alto 2, 6 tenor and 8 bass voices.

It’s going to be fun and a real work out for brains and vocal cords.

For all questions, please contact Peter Holmes by email.

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