Supersize Polyphony is a 360 degree musical experience like no other! In one of their most ambitious and innovative projects to date, leading professional choir Armonico Consort performs Tallis’ Spem in Alium and Striggio’s 60-part Mass in complete ‘surround sound’ – with the audience encircled by the choir. The eight-date UK tour brings them to Malvern Theatres on Thursday, July 5.

The celebration of large-scale choral works from the 16th century is a collaboration with the 26-strong Choir of Gonville and Caius College Chapel, Cambridge.

Thomas Tallis’s Spem in Alium is widely considered to be the greatest piece of music of the English Renaissance. Written for 40 individual voices arranged in eight groups of five singers, it starts with a single voice before others join in and vocal ‘conversations’ fly across the space.

Armonico Consort’s Artistic Director, Christopher Monks says, Tallis’s Spem in Alium is a 450-year-old musical work of art and we’re performing it in the way Tallis intended, in glorious surround sound. It was designed to be daring – for both listeners and performers – and the major challenge for the conductor and singers in performing it in this way is the time lag and reverberation especially in the larger venues. Supersize Polyphony is our flagship programme which earned us 5 stars from The Times and we’re delighted to be joined by the Choir of Gonville and Caius College to tour this work across the country and to add substantially to the concert experience by sharing our love of this music through the many associated events.”

Supersize Polyphony 360 with Armonico Consort and the Choir of Gonville and Caius College Chapel, Cambridge is at Malvern Theatres on Thursday, July 5. To book, call the box office on 01684 892277 or visit