Tallis Scholar follows Fifty Shades success with novel

31 October 2012, 14:48 | Updated: 31 October 2012, 15:49

Donald Greig, bass-baritone with the Tallis Scholars on their famous Fifty Shades Of Grey 'Spem in alium' recording, spoke to Classic FM's Lucy Coward about his debut novel, entitled Time Will Tell.

Being in one of the most respected and popular vocal ensembles in the music world just isn't enough for some people. Even when that vocal ensemble is currently riding high in the classical charts thanks to the continuing success of a certain 'Fifty Shades Of Grey'.

But for Donald Greig, bass-baritone with the Tallis Scholars, singing on that chart-topping recording of Thomas Tallis' 'Spem in alium' (as featured in E.L. James' multi-million selling novel) was just the beginning of a literary journey - he's spent the last five year writing a novel about early music entitled Time Will Tell.

Taking an interesting approach to narrative structure by setting the book both in the 15th century and the present day, Greig's funny and endearing work is perfect for musicians and non-musicians alike. Classic FM's Lucy Coward spoke to Greig about the inspiration behind, it, that Fifty Shades recording and his new novel about 80s synth bands.

Listen to the interview here.