Category Archives: Reviews

Review: “East Meets West” – St Peter’s Church, Petersfield, 26 October 2013

Thank you for an impressive performance in your ‘East meets West’ concert.  The concert showed the choir’s versatility, with well-chosen music ranging from deep, sonorous Russian Orthodox to modern close-harmony American music, with some English renaissance added for good measure…and wonderfully sung it was, too. I particularly appreciated the accuracy of intonation, and the strength… [Read More]

Review: “Food of Love”, St John’s Cathedral, Portsmouth, 6 April 2013

A programme entitled “Food of Love” produced distinguished, pure-toned music-making, as ever, from the Emsworth-based Renaissance Choir – even if the material itself seemed (to these ears) of mixed quality. In three pieces by American composer Eric Whitacre, for example, the performances failed to persuade me that his music has the depth to justify its current… [Read More]

Review: “Tranquility” – Portsmouth, July 2011

“Saturday’s concert, given by the Renaissance Choir, in St. Thomas’ Cathedral, confirmed their status as one of Hampshire’s leading chamber choirs. (…) Throughout, the choir’s blend and ensemble, under the direction of conductor Peter Gambie, was consistently high. Particularly memorable, in the concert’s first part, were Czemisky’s Pater Noster and the double choir setting of… [Read More]

Review: “Music of the Spanish pilgrims” – Lee-on-Solent, April 2011

“There was an earthiness in the more rumbustious items that 12th century pilgrims sang (or might have sung) on the road to the cathedral of Santiago da Compostela. Not even Victoria’s sublime Agnus Dei and Ave Maria surpassed the innocent freshness of another setting of the latter text, by one Javier Busto. The choir’s corporate… [Read More]

Review: “Music Night” – St Paul’s Church, Chichester, November 2010

“… conductor Peter Gambie tells us that he encourages professional standards and understanding from his singers. Judging from their performances of music, ranging from the sixteenth century Byrd and Lobo, to modern composers such as Tavener, Lauridsen and Whitacre, he has certainly achieved this. The choir is a group of some thirty singers and their… [Read More]

Review: Choir tour to Hungary, June 2006

“The Renaissance Choir, under its distinguished conductor Peter Gambie, gave the first Anglo-Hungarian performance of Tallis’s motet Spem in Alium with the Budapest Monteverdi Choir. Mr. Gambie described the 40-part work as “the Mount Everest” of Renaissance music. Written for 8 choirs with five parts in each, its challenge is supreme. The Renaissance Choir has… [Read More]