The Tallis Scholars on the way – in a style which does not always typify their transport in the US – to their 400th concert in North America. From left to right: George Pooley, Don Greig, Caroline Trevor, Jan Coxwell, Patrick Craig, Simon Wall, Amy Haworth (knitting). On the floor: Rob Macdonald and Will Balkwill. Chris Watson took the picture, and my fingers are visible to the extreme right.
As we near the end of our 50th North American tour I have three pieces of news to impart:
1) During this tour we sang our 400th concert in North America. By the end of the tour the figures read: USA 368; Canada 34; Mexico 1.
2) Our recording of Josquin’s Missa Malheur me bat was nominated for a Grammy in the small ensemble category.
3) We were listed as the fourth most influential early music group in the history of the early music revival by the magazine Early Music Today, and feature in its story Early Music 10 Most Influential Early Music Ensembles. The three groups or conductors above us were David Munrow, John Eliot Gardiner and Christopher Hogwood’s Academy of Ancient Music. Given the number of discs these groups have made across a wider and more instantly popular repertoire than we have dedicated ourselves to, and the fact that they were founded substantially before us, I feel honoured by this.