Genesis Sixteen and alumni combine to perform Tallis’s monumental 40-part motet.

Current and alumni members of The Sixteen’s young artist training programme Genesis Sixteen combine to perform Tallis’s monumental 40-part motet.

Often described as the greatest piece of early English choral music, Thomas Tallis’s Spem in alium is one of the most iconic works for the human voice. Experience it in surround-sound as voices emerge from around the hall, joining one by one, singing in different combinations and culminating in moments with all 40 voices singing together. The result is majestic and overwhelming and is widely regarded as Tallis’s crowning achievement.

John Tavener’s meditative A Hymn to the Mother of God, and Tippet’s deeply moving spiritual ‘Deep River’ from A Child of our Time serve as perfect complements.


  • Plainsong

    Salve Regina

  • Tavener

    A Hymn to the Mother of God

  • Tippett

    ‘Deep River’ from Five Spirituals

  • Assandra

    Salve Regina

  • David Bednall

    Lux orta est iusto

  • Cozzolani

    Laetatus sum

  • Tallis

    Spem in alium

There will also be four one-per-part consort pieces interspersed throughout the programme. Members of Genesis Sixteen will have been working on these pieces in the run-up to the concert as part of their week-long training course.


  • Genesis Sixteen
  • Harry Christophers conductor
  • Eamonn Dougan conductor

Venue details

Kings Place

Kings Place 90 York Way London N1 9AG

Box Office: / 020 7520 1490

Kings Place is an open, multi-arts venue, presenting an adventurous and critically-acclaimed programme, with words and music at its heart.

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