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Peter Phillips, conductor of The Tallis Scholars vocal ensemble, comes to Estonia to lead the performance of Handel’s “Messiah” for the very first time

Kirjoittanut 21. joulukuun 2019

Peter Phillips, one of the most famous conductors of early music, will conduct New Year’s Eve concerts of the chamber choir Voces Musicales, which are to be held on December 29 in St. Paul’s Church in Tartu and on December 30 in St. John’s Church in Tallinn. The soloists are Maria Listra and Alvar Tiisler, as well as Alexander Chance and Guy Cutting members of the British vocal ensemble The Tallis Scholars.

According to Risto Joost, the artistic consultant for Voces Musicales, music lovers will enjoy an exceptional concert: “Although Peter Phillips has kept the traditions of performing early music for dozens of years, he will be conducting the Handel’s “Messiah” oratorio for the first time. The Voces Musicales ensemble is happy to receive the eminent guest artists. “Messiah” continues the glorious tradition of our New Year’s concerts, which originated three years ago”.

Conductor Peter Phillips is the founder and artistic director of the famous British vocal ensemble The Tallis Scholars. With 2,250 concerts and 60 released albums, The Tallis Scholars achieved more than any other ensemble, and despite the fact that their performance standards are being adopted by others, The Tallis Scholars retains its uniqueness.

Classical music lovers will have the opportunity to appreciate the unsurpassed talent of The Tallis Scholars performers: together with Peter Phillips the ensemble’s tenor Guy Cutting and countertenor Alexander Chance will also come to Estonia. They will perform together with Estonian soloists – soprano Maria Listra and bass Alvar Tiisler.

An additional evidence that there is something truly special in store for the audience is the scope of the event. A total of 50 vocal performers and musicians will take part in the performance of the oratorio, including the Voces Musicales chamber choir and the Floridante baroque orchestra. Peter Spissky, one of the most outstanding baroque violinists of Denmark and the Nordic countries, was invited to be the concertmaster – he is the concertmaster of the Concerto Copenhagen ensemble and artistic director of the Camerata Øresund, which brings together young musicians from Copenhagen and Malmö.

Voces Musicales ( has received a number of awards, including the Award of the Year of the endowment capital for acoustic arts of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia Foundation. The collective’s repertoire embraces Western musical culture in all its richness – from early music (Tallis, Victoria, Palestrina, etc.) to the latest works of contemporary composers (Holten, Tulev, Tulve, Seppar, Steiner, Krigul, etc.). Traditionally, in late December, Voces Musicales gives a concert where a classical vocal and symphonic work is performed.

The concerts will take place on December 29 at 18:00 in St. Paul’s Church in Tartu and on December 30 at 18:00 in St. John’s Church in Tallinn. The concerts are supported by the Tallinn Culture Department, Estonian Ministry of Culture and Cultural Endowment of Estonia Foundation (Eesti Kultuurkapital).

Peter Philips. Kuva: Albert Roosenburg