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The Tallis Scholars

Field of the Cloth of Gold

Repertoire

Mouton
Nesciens mater
Cornysh
Ave Maria
Mouton
Ave Maria
Mouton
Quaeramus cum pastoribus
Browne
Salve regina
Mouton
Kyrie and Agnus dei from the Missa Dictes moy toutes vos pensees
Mouton
Salva nos
Cornysh
Ah Robyn
Cornysh
Woefully arrayed
Cornysh
Magnificat

Performers

Peter Phillips
director

Between the 7th and 24th June 1520, in fields near Calais, there took place one of the most spectacular political summit meetings of all time. Henry VIII of England and Francis I of France met to seal a treaty of friendship between their two warring countries, with no expense spared.

The two Chapels Royal were of course in attendance, and of course they tried to out-sing each other. As luck would have it the two choirs were led by two exceptional composers of the period, composers to whom the Tallis Scholars have devoted individual recordings: Jean Mouton on the French side, and William Cornysh on the English.

The Tallis Scholars cannot by themselves, recreate the seething atmosphere of the original meeting but we can give an idea of the splendour of the occasion.

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