Peter Phillips

Peter Phillips is the founder and director of the Tallis Scholars ensemble.

No More D Minor: Tallis Survives

Peter Phillips, 29 July 2021

On​ 30 January 1540 the monks of Evesham Abbey were singing the Magnificat when messengers from the king interrupted them. ‘The monastery of Evesham was suppressed by King Henry VIII … at evensong time,’ John of Alcester recorded, ‘the convent being in the choir at this verse Deposuit potentes, and would not suffer them to make an end.’ Four years into the...

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