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“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 are currently unable to perform owing to restrictions arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. We are looking to find alternative ways of bringing Renaissance music to you in these difficult times. We are very much looking forward to being able to sing together and perform once more in the future. 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 in the future when 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
Josquin at 500: a remarkable tribute motet
Online workshop with Andrew Griffiths
Sunday 10th January 2021, 7pm
£12 full price, £10 concessions
Dum vastos Adriae fluctus by Jacquet of Mantua, published in 1554, hints at the esteem in which Josquin's music was still held fully a generation after his death in 1521, exactly five hundred years ago. Its poem mentions Josquin by name, and alludes to the texts of five of his most notable motets. At each reminiscence, Jacquet introduces direct musical quotations from the appropriate Josquin setting, so that the whole work functions as an affectionate act of tribute to the older master. This workshop with Andrew Griffiths (a member of Stile Antico, and a sought-after choral conductor) takes Jacquet as a guide, focusing on the five quoted Josquin works - Praeter rerum seriem, Stabat mater, Inviolata et casta es Maria, Salve Regina a5, and Miserere mei Deus - to reveal their beauty and their structure ingenuity.
From the Conductor's Stand
Whilst, the Renaissance Singers are currently unable to perform or rehearse owing to restrictions arising from the current COVID-19 pandemic, we are continuing to explore other ways of engaging with our audience and supporters.
Our Musical Director, Dr. David Allinson, has been giving a series on online talks entitled 'From the Conductor's Stand'. These talks, available for free, give David's perspective on the repertoire we love together with insight on what it is like to conduct the Renaissance Singers.