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Sing Joyfully

The Renaissance Singers at 80

Saturday 29 June 2024   
6.00 pm

St George’s Church Bloomsbury
London WC1A 2SA

Conducted by David Allinson

London, June 1944. A newly formed choir gives its first concert.

 

The Renaissance Singers, founded by Michael Howard as the performing wing of the Renaissance Society, were motivated by their love of Renaissance vocal music. They set out to recover lost masterpieces and share them with new audiences.

 

Repertoire was unfamiliar. Resources were scarce. Concerts were sometimes interrupted by air raids. But with audience members including Ralph Vaughan Williams, and collaborators as illustrious as Peter Pears, the choir went on to become a vital player in the early music revival in Britain.

 

Under its current Musical Director David Allinson it has become London’s leading amateur chamber choir specialising in early music: pioneering neglected composers, bringing original programmes to new audiences, and collaborating with top-flight musicians ranging from I Fagiolini and Musica Secreta, to Rory McCleery and Patrick Allies in a year-round programme of concerts and workshops.

 

The first half of this concert will feature music that has particular associations with the choir’s history. In the second half, the singers will be augmented by former members of the choir to perform ambitious and joyful polychoral pieces in the thrilling acoustic of St George’s Bloomsbury, ‘one of the capital’s most wonderful buildings’ (The Guardian).

 

A special anniversary programme, a display of material from our archives and a Zoom talk on the choir’s eighty years of Renaissance music-making will be included in the ticket price.


 

PROGRAMME TO INCLUDE

 

Fayrfax Magnificat Regale

Clemens Ego Flos Campi

Palestrina Super Flumina Babylonis

 

 

Full details to be announced soon

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J O I N    U S

We are currently recruiting altos.

 

If you're an excellent sight-reader and are confident singing in smaller groups, unaccompanied, we'd love you to hear from you.

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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!

 

Stefan Hoppe

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.

 

Neil Price

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.

​Richard Turbet

F E A T U R E D   R E C O R D I N G

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 found 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.

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