Last week The Renaissance Choir reconvened at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Southsea, suitably distanced, wearing masks and following detailed consultation and risk assessment. This was the first time we’d met since March, and it was such a joy to sing together again.
A recording we made of the evening’s rehearsal confirmed that the masks somehow created a sort of veiled sound which really helped the timbral blend! Listen to it here. Despite singing with masks on and 2m social distancing, this is undoubtedly the sound of a quality choir.
Given the current constraints, we are not currently planning any concerts but will be rehearsing before making two recordings with carousels of images for online release. One is likely to be of Tomás Luis de Victoria’s masterwork Officium Defunctorum. We had intended to perform this in April this year. Another will be Christmas music to raise funds for Rowans Hospice to replace a concert that has had to be cancelled.
If you have an alto, tenor or a bass voice and would like to sing with us, please get in touch – we are recruiting!