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Renaissance Voices


The Choir


Latin Motet

French Chanson

English Ayre

Le Choeur

Early Music Chamber Choir Based in the Derbyshire Peak District

The Choir

This Early Music Chamber Choir of around 24 singers,
established in 1989, brings together musicians from a wide
area of the Midlands and Northern Counties to promote
performances of Renaissance and Baroque music from a
base in the Derbyshire
Peak District

The choir's repertoire includes English and Italian Madrigals,
French Chansons, Tudor Anthems, Latin motets, masses
and psalm settings, mostly performed
a cappella. Major
performances may involve an instrumental group or soloist. 
These have included a viol consort, cornett and sackbutt ensemble, and a baroque ensemble of recorders, harpsichord and bass viol. The choir has performed major baroque choral works with orchestra, including Purcell's
Dido and Aeneas, Handel's Dixit Dominus and Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610 using period instruments.

Concert venues have included Derby Cathedral, Lincoln Cathedral, Selby Abbey, Fountains Abbey, Pershore Abbey, Worksop College and St Pancras Church, London as well as churches in Derbyshire and South Yorkshire. The choir has also led the music for weekend services, by special invitation in York Minster, in Bath Abbey and in Ely Cathedral and has presented a reconstruction of a Pre-Reformation mass in Sheffield Cathedral. The ensemble regularly has presented sacred works in Cambridge college chapels. Other engagements have included weddings and private functions.

The group travels abroad and has visited Umbria in Italy, giving concerts in Perugia, Montecolognola and Assisi.  A trip to Lithuania involved a televised performance in the cathedral of the country's capital, Vilnius, followed by a series of concerts in venues on the Baltic coast.  Renaissance Voices has made several tours of Provence, singing in Avignon Cathedral, the Abbey of Senanque and the cathedral of Vaison la Romaine.  More recently the choir took part in the Spring Festival in the Morvan region of Burgundy and was invited to return for a major Summer Festival in the same area. The choir performed in Rouen cathedral and the Abbey of St Georges de Boscherville, during a trip to Normandy in 2009. An extract from the choir's recording of the mass setting Missa Cuiusvis Toni, by the 15th century composer Johannes Ockeghem, was used as introductory music to a BBC Radio Four series of programmes.

The group meets 10 to 12 times a year and concert programmes are rehearsed during a one day workshop. Vacancies for singers may occur from time to time.

"The Bach finale was a triumph that left me numb”   “I was moved to tears by the Desprez Tu Pauperum”

“The Taverner Kyrie was outstandingly performed, with such power.” 

“The audience in this 12th century church had a sumptuous treat” 

“These singers showed … talent and skill of the highest order.” 

The Choir at Haddon Hall, Derbyshire