“From passion to peace in moments – a glorious sound”

“From passion to peace in moments – a glorious sound”

“From passion to peace in moments – a glorious sound”

Welcome to The Renaissance Choir, a chamber choir of around 34 singers based in Hampshire and West Sussex.

We rehearse in Emsworth and regularly perform at beautiful venues in and around Portsmouth and Petersfield. We regularly tour in the UK and Europe. Choral works range from the Renaissance through to the contemporary, and we often sing a cappella. We have a high reputation for our sublime sound and adventurous repertoire.

Listen to us

Hear what our members think about singing with the choir.

Some quotes from our members

“Everyone shares the common aim of achieving the highest standards of music-making that we can, in a fun kind of way.”

“The choir’s small size means that you get to know people quickly. Not so small that you are having to work excessively hard, but big enough to enable you to feel that you can make an impact.”

“We have a good laugh and bring lightness to the occasion, though when the singing starts, it’s taken seriously.”

Latest news

The Renaissance Choir talks to Shine Radio

The Renaissance Choir talks to Shine Radio

Hear Simon O'Hea talk about this evening's concert with Laura Sheppard from Shine Radio. Listen to their conversation here. Shine Radio features "The Ticket" - arts and entertainment from in and around Petersfield. Laura Sheppard celebrates the arts across the...

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Video preview: “Ave Maria”

Video preview: “Ave Maria”

As we prepare for our next concert on 23 March, choir member Katy has been giving us her personal reflections about what people might experience at this event. The video includes a clip of the choir singing Gorecki’s accessible and minimalist “Totus tuus.”...

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“The music is sung a cappella, so there’s nowhere to hide.”

“At the of the week, it’s an opportunity to be in a community of like-minded people who are prepared to work hard and who get a lot out of their singing.”

“It’s wonderful when all those harmonies come together in a lovely blended sound…and we’re sometimes singing in up to 12 different voice parts.”

“It’s the huge variety of music that I love.”

Join Us

If you’re looking to join an accomplished chamber choir, then the Renaissance Choir could be for you.

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

Upcoming concerts

july 2024

202413jul7:30 pmPoulenc's "Gloria" and Schofield's "Stream of Life" in Southsea

october 2024

202420oct7:30 pmAutumn leaves: a concert of mists and mellow fruitfulness, at the Havant Music Festival

202426oct7:30 pmAutumn leaves: a concert of mists and mellow fruitfulness, with Karen Kingsley

december 2024

202414dec7:30 pmCelebrating Christmas at St James', Emsworth