Thanks to Amy Waldron (a classmate from KU) for pointing out this interview with Simon Carrington, featuring a discussion of Tallis’ “Spem in Alium.”
Simon tells the story of that 1997 tour to England. I was on that tour, and sang bass in Choir Two. That performance under the Salisbury spire will live with me to the grave.
And Simon tells of giving Nick Maurice a signed copy of the score. Well, that was initially my doing. We were singing an Evensong at Magdalen College, Oxford, and after lunch in Hall, we had some free time. I trotted down to Blackwells to look for some Herbert Howells scores, and saw the Tallis score. I bought two copies — one for me, and one to give to Nick. The rest of the story is Simon’s to tell. (I did purchase a bunch of HH scores too!)
We sang the Tallis at several venues: in the chapel at Marlborough College, at Salisbury, at Magdalen College in the ante-chapel after Evensong, and I think at St. John’s Church in London. My voice isn’t the same, but I’d love to sing this again one more time.
Here’s the video of the KU Chamber Choir singing the Tallis at Salisbury Cathedral. I am the fifth person from the right.
The new school year’s classes begin today at Webster University.
I am starting my 21st year of full-time college teaching, and my 31st year of teaching in higher education.
And as I do so today, I am ever so grateful for those life-changing three years at the University of Kansas, where I earned my doctorate. I could write volumes about the learning, the lifetime relationships, the formation, the music, the beer, the travel.