We have a high reputation for our sublime sound and challenging repertoire. We have been privileged to sing in many prestigious European venues.
St Peter’s Basilica (Rome), the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela (Spain), Notre Dame de Paris and Jeronimos Abbey (Lisbon) are just a few of these.
There’s about 30 of us and we’re good friends. New members frequently comment on how welcoming everyone is.
Our repertoire is almost exclusively unaccompanied, featuring the glorious masterpieces of Victoria, Lassus, Palestrina and Byrd.
We rarely sit on our laurels, so challenging works by Poulenc, Whitacre and MacMillan often feature in our concerts. We’ve sung Tallis’ towering 40-part motet Spem in Alium several times; double and triple-choir works form the majority of our programmes.
We sing locally, as well as internationally, we put on concerts regularly in Petersfield and Portsmouth.
We have links with choirs in Europe. In Budapest, we joined with the world-class Budapest Monteverdi Korus to give the first Anglo-Hungarian performance of Spem; in Lisbon with Portugal’s premier cathedral choir, the Coro Santa Maria de Belem; and in Krakow with the prize-winning Marianski Choir.
Much of our work is pioneering: in our early years the choir was highly regarded in Spain for re-introducing the public to composers such as Vivanco and Guerrero; more recently, UK premières of works by American composers (including Whitacre) have been given. We gave the world premiere of Rodrigo’s Cantico de San Francisco at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London.
In 2019 we visited Utrecht, in the Netherlands. Our friends and supporters also join us for social events and tours.
In July 2019 we released our latest album, named Stream of Life after its featured work by Ian Schofield. It’s available as a CD on request and at our concerts, as well as online via Amazon, and able to be streamed from iTunes and Spotify. In 2020 we recorded Tallis’ If Ye Love Me from our homes. Hear us sing on our Recordings page.
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The Renaissance Choir is a Registered Charity, No. 275475 (England and Wales).