This week The Guide Awards celebrated the best of the local arts world at a glittering bash at The New Theatre Royal. Fourteen awards were handed out, covering music, stage, comedy and cinema, based on public votes.

The Renaissance Choir was voted runner-up for Best Classical Act. The citation mentioned our link with the Palestrina Foundation. In first place (well deserved) was the University of Portsmouth Music Department for its Portsmouth Messiah 1812 project, which was a large-scale re-creation of a performance of the work.

In 2015 The Renaissance Choir won this award.