Ensemble Gombert – Tallis & Byrd

Ensemble Gombert

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre & Ensemble Gombert


Works from undisputed masters of Late Renaissance music in England.

About the artists

Ensemble Gombert is Melbourne’s outstanding chamber choir, renowned for its pure intonation and historical approach to choral sound and style. Named after Nicolas Gombert, the Ensemble specialises in a cappella performance of Franco-Flemish music of the High Renaissance.

About the concert

Thomas Tallis and his pupil William Byrd are the undisputed masters of Late Renaissance music in England. Though Masters of the Chapel Royal, both remained devout Roman Catholics throughout their lives.

This program culminates in the most famous English choral work of the sixteenth century, Tallis’s forty-voice setting of Spem in alium nunquam habui. While the date and occasion of the motet’s composition remain a mystery, dates from 1556 to 1573 have been conjectured, along with possible connections with the Duke of Norfolk or the Earl of Arundel.

The technical mastery and architectural brilliance it exhibits have never been in doubt. This is one of music’s most dazzling masterpieces.
Ensemble Gombert is joined by friends and former members to present this work as it was originally intended.

Praise for Ensemble Gombert

‘Melbourne’s finest choir.’ The Age

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Ensemble Gombert & Friends
John O’Donnell director


Tallis & Byrd


This production is part of the following series: