December 2018 will see the release of the first commercially released album in more than twenty years from The Choir of HM Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace as they make their Resonus Classics debut.
Celebrating music for lower voices by Thomas Tallis (c.1505-1585), himself once a Gentleman of the Chapel Royal, this debut album features The Gentlemen of HM Chapel Royal under the direction of Carl Jackson and marks the beginning of an ongoing relationship between the Choir, both men and boys, and Resonus.
Adam Binks, Managing Director of Resonus Classics, said: ‘It’s a real pleasure to have this choir join our roster of artists at Resonus and I am delighted to be working with them. To be able to record the music written for the choir, in the chapel of the Tudor palace where it would have been first performed is a real treat and I hope listeners will enjoy the historic and artistic integrity this project offers.’
Carl Jackson MVO, Director of Music at the Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace, said: ‘The Choir is in fine voice to be recording, and we are looking forward to beginning this special journey with Resonus. The Choir’s lineage is unparalleled, and we are proud to be sharing this music with the world through these recordings.’
The Choir has recently been featured in the BBC Four documentary Elizabeth I’s Battle for God’s Music, with historian Lucy Worsley, which was part of the BBC’s wider ‘Reformation Season’ in 2017 marking 500 years since Martin Luther nailed his complaints about the Catholic Church to the door of a church in Saxony.
The album Thomas Tallis: Gentleman of the Chapel Royal is released by Resonus Classics worldwide on CD and all digital download and streaming formats.