News & Reviews

Preview of “French Connection: Poulenc’s Gloria” in Petersfield on 29 October 2016

“French Connection: Poulenc’s Gloria”. This is the third of our 40th anniversary celebrations. View our concert page. The concert will include the second ever performance of a new commission to Hampshire-based composer Ian Schofield entitled “Stream of Life” containing poetry by Rabindranath Tagore. Gloria – Francis Poulenc (1899 – 1963) This work (1961) was scored… [Read More]

Preview of “Choral Wonders” in Southsea on 16 July 2016

“Best of Byrd, vibrant Victoria, Macmillan’s Miserere and a new commission”. This is the second of our 40th anniversary celebrations. View our concert page. Besides performing a selection of gorgeous music from the Renaissance and modern times, the Choir will perform a new commission to Hampshire-based composer Ian Schofield entitled “Stream of Life” containing poetry by… [Read More]

The Renaissance Choir in Palestrina

During its week long tour to Rome and Palestrina, The Renaissance Choir both visited Palestrina’s house and sang in Palestrina Cathedral. Going to Palestrina’s house was an enormous privilege – it felt a bit like a pilgrimage – and standing in his living room, singing his music, was a truly magical moment. The manager of the museum… [Read More]

Missa Papae Marcelli by Palestrina

The choir performed the Missa Papae Marcelli Mass during its visit to Italy, including in the Cathedral of Palestrina near Rome, where Giovanni Pierliugi da Palestrina was organist from 1544 to 1551. This glorious piece is Palestrina’s most famous and most beautiful Mass, and was sung at the Papal Coronation Masses for many centuries (the last… [Read More]

The Renaissance Choir visits Rome

Twenty nine members of our Choir visited Rome at the end of May as part of our 40th birthday celebrations. During our trip to Santiago de Compostela in 2014, two Italian pilgrims we met were so impressed with the choir’s quality that they suggested we visit Rome. Visit our image gallery. We gave a concert in… [Read More]

Review of “Road to Calvary”

The Renaissance Choir; St Peter’s Church, Petersfield It was a large and enthusiastic audience who ventured out this freezing February evening to hear a choir singing mostly Lenten texts entirely in Latin. The Renaissance Choir specialise in unaccompanied repertoire and there were many highlights here, not least their opening item sung from the rear of… [Read More]

Lôbo’s Requiem

Duarte Lôbo (1565 – 1646) was a Portuguese composer of the late Renaissance and early Baroque. Along with Filipe de Magalhães and Manuel Cardoso, composers who all began their academic studies as students of Manuel Mendes, his music represents the “golden age” of Portuguese polyphony. Lôbo later became Mestre de capela at Évora before moving… [Read More]