Category Archives: News

Choral Mastery – The Renaissance Choir on tour in Dorset in June 2017

We will be singing works by Byrd, Bach, Palestrina and Whitacre in two venues on Saturday 3 June in the Bournemouth area. Please visit these links for the two concerts: Christchurch Priory St Ambrose Church, Bournemouth Pictured: Christchurch Priory Read about it and look at the photos.

Our latest newsletter (February 2017) is available

View the latest Renaissance Choir newsletter at You can also find back issues at this link. Feel free to subscribe to future newsletters from the home page. Pictured is St Peter’s Church, Petersfield, where we will be singing our next concert.

“Music in Portsmouth” lists concerts of amateur classical musical groups

A good source of information about local concerts is the recently launched Music In Portsmouth website, which provides listings of concerts for amateur classical musical groups (including choirs and orchestras) in the Portsmouth area, including Fareham, Petersfield, Chichester, Havant and Hayling Island. Concerts can be filtered by type of music and there’s the facility to… [Read More]

Preview of “Sanctus” in Petersfield on 8 April 2017

The Renaissance Choir is embarking on a year of themed programmes – concerts where the title is “Sanctus” or “Gloria” or “Agnus Dei”. This approach allows works from many different periods to share the same programme, so that Bach and Beethoven, Palestrina and Poulenc can nestle together in the same sumptuous feast. View our concert… [Read More]

The conclusion of a wonderful 40th year of music

The conclusion of a wonderful 40th year of music making at Hayling last night at St Mary’s Hayling: a special blend of commitment, musicianship and choral discipline, with the added ingredient of Christmas fun. Thanks to our appreciative audience!

Reducing the boundaries between the visual and musical arts

The Renaissance Choir is performing at the Private View of British Art Show 8 tonight, 30 November. See our earlier news item. Our MD, Peter Gambie, believes that sound and words can combine as an art form to enhance the experience. These words explain this view and demonstrate how he anticipates that the Renaissance Choir… [Read More]

O Magnum Mysterium – join us on 9 and 10 December 2016

This year we are performing on two consecutive nights. Although some of the Christmas motets and carols may not be so well known, there will be plenty of audience participation! The programme has been planned by two choir members on the theme O Magnum Mysterium (O great Mystery). This text has seen some of the… [Read More]

The Renaissance Choir to perform at British Art Show 8

Widely regarded as one of the most ambitious and influential exhibitions of contemporary art today, British Art Show 8 is taking over the entire Southampton City Art Gallery this autumn. Organised by Hayward Touring at Southbank Centre, London every five years, the British Art Show is designed to showcase and celebrate the country’s leading role… [Read More]

We are selling off some scores

We are selling off some of our library of scores we don’t need any longer – please visit our for sale page and contact us for further info.

Reviews and responses to “French Connection: Poulenc’s Gloria”

Imaginative and skilfully delivered – Review by Peter Rhodes, The News, Portsmouth There were many highlights in Saturday’s imaginatively planned programme of English and French repertoire, including Schofield’s ingenious and beautiful setting of words by Bengali polymath/writer Radinranath Tagore. This choir does lush chording and hushed dynamics to considerable effect, as shown in Schofield’s “Stream… [Read More]