Four Ages of Tallis (4 August)

Thomas Tallis (c.1505-1585) lived through one of the most turbulent periods in English history, when Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I all sought to mould the religion of the people to match their own private convictions. Tallis’s sublime church music swings from lavish Catholic motets to austere Protestant hymns as he laboured to meet the demands of these four very different monarchs.