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O p e n   W o r k s h o p s

Our open workshops allow anyone with some experience of singing and an interest in Renaissance repertoire the opportunity to explore this music in depth alongside members of the Renaissance singers, under the direction of leading experts in the field. A basic level of ability to read music is helpful as we cover quite a lot of music during the evening.

Pieces of a Lifetime

Monday 8 July, 7:00pm - 9:30pm

St Stephen's, Rochester Row, London SW1P 1LE

What Renaissance music would you take to your desert island?

David Allinson has been our MD since the start of 2010. He has devised dozens of concert programmes and led us through hundreds of rehearsals. As part of our 80th anniversary celebrations, we've asked him to nominate a handful of highlight works from his years with the choir and to include them in this celebratory evening workshop.

After much agonising, David winnowed his list to six key works, each of which reminds him of a peak moment conducting the Rennies — be it singing Josquin in a private confraternity church in Italy, performing Richafort’s Requiem in Scandinavia or singing in a play about William Byrd at Ingatestone Hall. From reconstructing Edmund Hooper’s lost canticles to singing Tallis in competition at St John’s, Smith Square, or even creating a virtual choir rendition of Verdelot’s music during the pandemic, these pieces tell the story of David’s years with the choir. 

So please, do join us for an enjoyable, friendly evening singing this beautiful music under David Allinson’s direction, as we celebrate the recent history of The Renaissance Singers.

Many of you will already know David, but if not: he has wide experience as a leader of choral workshops, having led countless workshops and residential singing courses in the UK and Europe, working for every UK Early Music Forum, for organisations such as Lacock and Run by Singers, and for numerous private groups. He is known for his combination of scholarship, technical know-how and humorous positivity.



Advance tickets (limited availability) £12 / £10 concessions


Standard tickets £14 / £12 concessions


Tickets free for under 21s (under 16s must be accompanied by a paying adult)

The Renaissance Singers' 80th anniversary workshop
Led by David Allinson

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