Agnus Dei II
Philip Ledger, Choir Of King's College Cambridge
Agnus Dei II

Thomas Tallys (1505-1585).

Tallis occupies a primary place in anthologies of English choral music, and is considered one of England’s greatest composers. He is honoured for his original voice in English musicianship. 

No contemporary portrait of Tallis survives: although an engraving by Gerard Vandergucht exists, it dates from 150 years after Tallis died, and there is no reason to suppose that it is a likeness of the composer. In a rare existing copy of his black letter signature, the composer spelled his last name “Tallys”.

Souvenir of First Holy Communion

“How lovely it was, that first kiss of Jesus in my heart – it was truly a kiss of love. I knew that I was loved and said, ‘I love Thee, and I give myself to Thee forever.’“ - St. Thérèse on her First Holy Communion

Three hours into our dress rehearsal tonight one of the candles on an alter at the back of the church started a fire in the middle of Barber’s Agnus Dei and the entire soprano section was staring at it and my directer was like “What are you looking at? I told you to watch me” and someone said very quietly “there’s a fire….?” and she spun around and then stared us dead in the eyes and kept conducting

We could all die in an earthquake and she would never let us stop and that’s the kind of irresponsible passion I can get behind


William Byrd – “Agnus Dei - Mass for five voices”