Category Archives: Reviews

Review of “Lest We Forget” concert on 27 October

Saturday’s concert by The Renaissance Choir, entitled ‘Lest We Forget’, was given in commemoration of the ending of World War I. The imaginative programming included works by English, French and German composers. The concert opened with readings by Jennifer Rye and Piers Burton-Page and as the programme unfolded, readings alternated with the musical items. Both… [Read More]

Review of “European Sacred Music” and informal feedback

A movement from Rachmaninov’s ‘Vespers’, sung from the distance, provided a magical opening to the Renaissance Choir’s summer concert. Entitled ‘European Sacred Music’, their programme ranged from works by Lassus to Poulenc. The choir’s renowned ‘blend of sound’, was very much in evidence in two motets by Bruckner. The particularly slow tempo of ‘Os Justi’… [Read More]

Informal feedback to “Dutch Renaissance Masters”

“Wow! Thank you. I know I’ve said this before about other evenings, but that was one of the best. The innovative programme was a complete delight, with the contrasts of secular and sacred vocal items, and between the Renaissance and the 19th/20th centuries, plus making the links with paintings. And the vocal quartet and the… [Read More]

Review of “Dutch Renaissance Masters” in Petersfield on Saturday 24 March 2018

The Renaissance Choir are a very fine group of singers and they were in particularly good form for Saturday’s concert in Petersfield. Their programme, featuring both sacred and secular music by Dutch Renaissance masters, was varied and interesting. They began, unexpectedly, by singing from the back of the church, producing a haunting effect as the… [Read More]

Review of “Sanctus” in Petersfield

Dedication to authenticity – Review by Fi Alsop, The News, Portsmouth In the programme notes for their concert Sanctus, the Renaissance Choir describe themselves as  ‘ambitious and friendly’. Both characteristics were much in evidence as they delivered a challenging programme with great geniality. In the sacred choral repertoire, there are many versions of the Sanctus to… [Read More]

Review: Rachmaninov’s Vespers concert on 24 October 2015 by Fiona Alsop

Rachmaninov’s All Night Vigil (Vespers) is one of the most exquisite sacred works for unaccompanied voices. Written a century ago against a backdrop of the First World War and Bolshevik revolution, the deep serenity of this piece comes from the traditional Orthodox chants on which nine of the 15 movements are based. It is incredibly… [Read More]

Review: East meets West concert on 11 July 2015 by Ian Schofield

The Renaissance Choir and conductor Peter Gambie, recently awarded ‘Best Classical Music Act’ by Portsmouth News, justified this accolade in Saturday’s concert at The Church of the Holy Spirit.  Purity of sound and an excellent blend of voices were to the fore in an enterprising programme ranging from music by Byrd, to works by the… [Read More]

Review: Mozart Requiem on 28 March 2015 from Peter Rhodes, The News

St Peter’s Church suits this choir, both in scale and ambience, and their concert, under the precise direction of Peter Gambie, was something of a triumph. The main item was reserved for later, but the earlier part of the concert had its own jewels. There was an artfully crafted Missa Salve Regina by Victoria, by… [Read More]

Review: Karen – a treasure among pianists

Review of our “Into the Light” concert at St Peter’s Church, Petersfield on 25 October 2014: “Karen – a treasure among pianists” This was the Emsworth-based Renaissance Choir’s concert but the individual star was that treasure among pianists, Karen Kingsley. Giving the singers a break, she played Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata with a rhythmic security and… [Read More]

Review: Music for Voices and Trumpet

At the Church of the Holy Spirit, Southsea, on 19 July 2014 Scottish composer James MacMillan was adroit in tailoring the trumpet part in his 2010 setting of In Splendoribus Sanctorum, allowing trumpeter Fraser Tannock to create a deliberate and potent contrast with the still reflectiveness of Peter Gambie’s select choir as the soloist moved around the… [Read More]