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 groups 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 3s 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 Talliss music is available
on disc. The first three volumes are also available to listen to on the GMN site.