Welcome to The Renaissance Choir. We are a chamber choir of around 34 singers based in Hampshire / West Sussex. We rehearse in Emsworth, perform at beautiful venues in and around Portsmouth and Petersfield, and go on tour every year to Europe and the UK. We specialise in Renaissance choral music but we also enjoying singing more contemporary choral works from composers such as Whitacre, Lauridsen, Rutter and Poulenc. We mostly sing a cappella.

We perform several concerts a year locally and have sung at many prestigious venues in the UK and abroad, including in Italy, France, Holland, Hungary, Portugal and Poland. We have a high reputation for our sublime sound and adventurous repertoire.

“From passion to peace in moments – a glorious sound”
“One of the finest amateur choirs in the UK”
“Purity of sound and an excellent blend of voices”

Listen to us

ABOUT THIS VIDEO: The Renaissance Choir – Ne Irascaris
A recording of The Renaissance Choir singing Byrd’s’ “Ne Irascaris” from its “Stream of Life” album. The recording was made in Kingston-upon-Thames in the Visconti Studio at Kingston University.

Latest news

Our visit to Douai Abbey

Our visit to Douai Abbey

Works by Byrd, Tallis, Taverner, Mundy, Philips, Dering and White featured at our concert at Douai Abbey yesterday, where we raised £586 for the DEC Ukraine appeal. We had a celebratory meal afterwards. The Abbey Church is frequently used as a recording location by...

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We are recruiting basses!

We are recruiting basses!

We have an acute shortage of basses! Please visit our "Join us" page for further information. And if you are aged from 18 to 25, please consider applying for a Choral Bursary.

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Join us

If you’re looking to join an accomplished chamber choir in Hampshire / West Sussex which performs in beautiful venues in the UK and Europe, then the Renaissance Choir could be for you.

Whilst the choir is often full, we welcome interest from potential members​. Read about joining us or get in touch.

Upcoming concerts

october 2022

202222oct7:30 pmRachmaninov Vespers in Petersfield

202229oct7:30 pmRachmaninov Vespers in Portsmouth - with the PCU

december 2022

202204dec3:00 pmChristmas Celebration at St James', Emsworth

202217dec7:30 pmChristmas Carols by Candlelight Concert for Rowans Hospice