Spem in Alium
Thomas Tallis


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A Renaissance masterpiece, Spem in Alium climbs 14 in this year's chart

Tallis was no spring chicken when he set about finding the choral Holy Grail. Although it's hard to pin down, with no records of him at all before he was an adult, it would appear he was not far off seventy when he set the words of the Matins response, 'I have never put my hope in any other but you, O God of Israel'.

The Tallis Scholars performing Spem in alium in St Paul's Cathedral. © Clive Barda.