Despite making me think of onions, Spem in Alium actually means “I have hope in no other” and is a beautiful 40-part choral piece by Thomas Tallis. The performance was part of the Brighton Early Music Festival at St Bartholemew’s Church. I’ve never heard that many voices before and the overall effect was simply stunning and incredibly moving. I suspect hearing a work of this magnitude is a rare treat, and I am counting myself very lucky. It was thought to have been written for Elizabeth I’s 40th birthday celebrations. Rather fittingly, I did spot one or two old queens in the audience.