F E A T U R E D R E V I E W S
"Outstanding performance from an incredibly talented ensemble and passionate conductor. Polyphony which truly enriches the soul. Thank you for a memorable and most enjoyable evening!"
“Helped by a wonderful acoustic, we knew from the very first perfectly balanced chord that we were in for a treat. The blend and balance in the sound was enviable with no individual voices sticking out. And the repertoire was something of a revelation. Congratulations one and all.”
“Thank you so much for arranging such an enjoyable event last Monday. It was simply the best couple of hours' practical music making in which I have ever participated.”
In common with many musical groups, we were unable to perform during the lockdown owing to restrictions arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. During this time, we have been finding alternative ways of bringing Renaissance music to you, which we hope to continue now that we are back to live performance. We are incredibly grateful to our generous supporters for their kind donations over recent months, which have helped to sustain the choir. Any donations you feel able to give us will enable us to continue to bring you online content and to present concerts now that restrictions allow.
Virtual Renaissance Singers
Verdelot - Beata es Virgo
We are delighted to present our first virtual choir offering which enables us to sing together and bring the music we love to our audience.
E V E N T S
Celebrating Josquin - 'Master of Notes'
Saturday 23rd October 2021, 7.30pm (Live concert)
St. Mary's Bourne Street, London, SW1W 8JJ
Tickets: £15/ £12 (concessions)
Sunday 7th November 2021, 7pm (Online Event followed by Q&A)
Tickets: £10/ £8 (concessions)
Directed by David Allinson
In his lifetime Josquin des Prez achieved a greater level of fame across Europe than perhaps any composer before him, and in death he cast a long shadow over the work of the following generation. To mark 500 years since his passing, the Renaissance Singers offers a selection of his emotive, contemplative and audaciously clever music.
This concert will be our first 'live' event back following the lockdown. As such, Covid risk mitigation measures will be in place for everyone's comfort and safety.
Alongside the 'live' concert, we will be presenting a online workshop on Zoom on Sunday 7th November featuring recordings of the choir singing music from the concert. Tickets for the live concert will also include access to the online event.
William Byrd's Gradualia
A live workshop with David Gould
St. Mary-at-Hill, Lovat Lane, London EC3R 8EE
Monday 25th October 2021, 7pm
£12 full price, £10 concessions
In 1605 and 1607, William Byrd published a large collection of short motets known as Gradualia - settings of the propers of the catholic Mass (Introit, Gradual, Alleluia Offertory and Communion) for the various feasts of the church's year. These are intensely personal compositions designed to be sung in secret, at a time when catholics were being persecuted. Even though Byrd was an old man when they were written, the Gradualia are full of energy and vitality. In this workshop we will explore some of this miraculous and varied repertoire including Justorum Animae, the Offertory text for All Saints Day.
As our first workshop back following the lockdown, Covid risk mitigation measures will be in place, including a confirmation that all attendees are either fully vaccinated, recovered or have received a negative Covid 19 test within 48 hours of the workshop. These measures are in place to enable all attendees to enjoy the workshop in comfort and safety.
N.B. Please note that only a small number of tickets remain for this workshop.