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Chapelle du Roi
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Chapelle du Roi

Chapelle du Roi was formed in October 1994 by the singer and conductor Alistair Dixon. The group is an ensemble of ten singers which specialises in the performance of sacred music from the European Renaissance. The group has two aims: first to unearth music that has previously languished unseen and unheard on library shelves and that is deserving of greater prominence and second, to help re-establish Renaissance music as repertoire that can be enjoyed by everybody by bringing it to wider audiences.

Whilst the first aim is achieved by careful research and preparation of new editions (many of which are published by the group’s director, Alistair Dixon, through The Cantiones Press) the second is met by giving live concerts in the UK and abroad and by making recordings and broadcasts. Chapelle du Roi places great emphasis on presenting programmes that are appealing and engaging and which allow the development of a strong rapport between audience and performers.

In 1996 Chapelle du Roi performed the complete works of Thomas Tallis in an undertaking that extended across six concerts. Presently the group is undertaking two projects: the works of the neglected Spanish aristocrat, Don Fernando de las Infantas and the music of the English Chapel Royal composers.

Chapelle du Roi has established a strong concert following and is gaining an enviable reputation for its interpretation of Renaissance music. Following its highly acclaimed appearance at the York Early Music festival in July 1997 the group is now increasingly in demand. Appearances in 1998 included a concert series’ in London, Oxford and Cambridge, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Utrecht Early Music Festival and a broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s Music Restored programme.

In February 1997 the group released the first in a series of nine CDs covering the complete works of Thomas Tallis: the second was released in September and was selected as early music disc of the month in Classic FM Magazine. This enormous undertaking, on the Signum label, will ensure that at last all of Tallis’s music is available on disc. The first three volumes are also available to listen to on the GMN site.

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