The Renaissance Choir has won a £1,000 Movement for Good award thanks to nominations from the public.

This was part of specialist insurer Ecclesiastical’s Movement for Good awards, which is giving £1 million to charities this summer.

This will help it to continue to keep Renaissance music alive and to bring the English choral tradition to audiences overseas.

Members of the public were invited to nominate causes close to their hearts, with 500 gifts of £1,000 available for donation. The Renaissance Choir was one of more than 7,000 charities which were nominated by an amazing 98,000 members of the public to be in for a chance to win a financial boost.

Renaissance Choir chair, Jane Jones, said: “We would like to thank everyone who voted for us. Our charity does great work in performing imaginative programmes of sublime music from the Renaissance to the modern.

“In addition, the choir often features in its programmes music which is going out of fashion. The choir has worked with the Palestrina Foundation in Italy to keep Palestrina’s music performed. The choir has travelled to Spain several times where it has re-introduced music of the Spanish Renaissance to local audiences. It has regularly sung programmes of Dutch and Spanish Renaissance masters Lassus and Victoria. The grant will be used to buy music”.

Mark Hews, group chief executive at Ecclesiastical, said: “As a company whose purpose is to contribute to the greater good of society, charitable giving is at the heart of our business. We know that £1,000 can make a huge difference to the incredible work that charities do and we’re looking forward to seeing how this financial boost will change lives for the better.”

About Ecclesiastical

Owned by a registered charity, Allchurches Trust, Ecclesiastical is a specialist insurer of the faith, heritage, fine art, charities, education and private client sectors.

Ecclesiastical is one of the UK’s top five company givers to charity according to the 2017-18 UK Guide to Company Giving. After donating £50m to charity in three years, Ecclesiastical launched a bold vision in 2016 to raise £100m for good causes by the end of 2020. In August 2018, the Group announced it had already raised £50million towards its target. Find out more at

About the Movement for Good awards

Ecclesiastical has launched a new £1 million giving programme, called the Movement for Good awards which help charities change lives for the better. 500 charities will receive £1,000 and 10 charities will receive £50,000 aimed at supporting innovation in the sector.

The £1,000 awards launched on 23 April and was open to all UK-registered charities with an income of less than £5m, which support the advancement of education and skills; citizenship or community development; arts, culture or heritage. For more information visit