News & Reviews

Review of “European Sacred Music” and informal feedback

| Reviewer: Ian Schofield

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]

Our June email newsletter

View the latest Renaissance Choir newsletter at this link. You can also find back issues at this link. Feel free to subscribe to future newsletters from the home page. Pictured is Francis Poulenc, whose music we will be performing on 14 July. Read more.

Preview of “European Sacred Music” on 14 July

Lovers of Poulenc, Renaissance polyphony, and sacred choral music of the 19th and 20th Centuries will delight in this Renaissance Choir summer concert programme conducted by Peter Gambie. The chorally rich and varied emotion of Poulenc’s Gloria will be complemented by the scintillating accompaniment of pianist Karen Kingsley. Renaissance masterpieces include the popular Miserere by… [Read More]

Recording session at Kingston University

Last Saturday The Renaissance Choir spent a day in the Visconti Studio at Kingston University to record material for a new CD. MD Peter Gambie directed a recording of Ian Schofield’s Stream of Life, commissioned by the choir in 2016, as well as Renaissance polyphony by Orlando Lassus and William Byrd. We also recorded Francis… [Read More]

“European Sacred Music”

Our next concert is entitled “European Sacred Music”. It will be on the evening of Saturday 14 July at the Church of the Holy Spirit, Fawcett Rd, Portsmouth PO4 0DY. We will be singing Poulenc’s Gloria, Allegri’s Miserere Mei, Rachmaninov’s Bogoroditsye Dyevo, works by Byrd and Lassus, and Schofield’s recent composition written for the choir,… [Read More]

Informal feedback to “Dutch Renaissance Masters”

| Reviewer: unknown

“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

| Reviewer: Ian Schofield

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]

Our March newsletter

If you missed it, please click here to read. You can also find back issues at this link. Feel free to subscribe to future newsletters from the home page. We will be reproducing Breughel’s The Netherlandish Proverbs painting (among others) in our programme for Saturday. Come and see how many of the 112 proverbs you can spot!