Genesis Sixteen and alumni combine to perform Tallis’s monumental 40-part motet.
Thomas Tallis’s monumental Spem in alium is one of the most iconic works for the human voice. Composed in c1570 and scored for 40 voices, it is a masterpiece of composition requiring elaborate musical architecture. Throughout the piece, voices join one by one, singing in different combinations and culminating in moments with all 40 voices singing at the same time. The result is majestic and overwhelming, and the piece has often been described as the greatest piece of early English choral music, and Tallis’s crowning achievement.
This concert is performed by the current cohort of Genesis Sixteen (12th)
Genesis Sixteen is The Sixteen’s free young artists’ programme for 18-23 year olds, fully funded by the Genesis Foundation.
Spem in alium
- Genesis Sixteen
- Harry Christophers conductor
- Eamonn Dougan conductor