Gimell Records celebrates 30th anniversary

Award-winning record label Gimell Records, set up solely to record The Tallis Scholars, is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2010 by releasing a new CD of the Victoria and Padilla Lamentations in time for Easter.

This latest recording brings the total number of Gimell releases to 50, all of which have been produced by Steve Smith and Peter Phillips. Further 30th anniversary recordings will be released later in the year, including three 4-CD set compilations of ‘The Best of The Tallis Scholars’.

The Tallis Scholars recorded the new CD in the Chapel of Merton College, Oxford, the recording location for their first LP, released in 1980, and many other Gimell recordings.

Gimell has won many awards worldwide, including three Diapson d’Or Awards and four Gramophone Awards. Its recording of Josquin’s Missa Malheur me bat has been nominated for a Grammy Award in 2010 in the Best Small Ensemble Performance category.

Formed in 1973, The Tallis Scholars specialise in Renaissance sacred vocal repertoire. In 2009, they were rated ‘fourth most influential early music ensemble’ by the magazine Early Music Today in November 2009.

The Tallis Scholars’ CD of the Spanish composers Victoria and Padilla's settings of the Lamentations will be released on Gimell on Monday 29 March. The ensemble will also give a special concert later in the year to celebrate the label’s 30th anniversary.