Welcome to the Renaissance Music Group Choir web site. Here, you can find details of our upcoming concerts and how to join us as a singer. New singers are always welcome – for more details click here.
We now have a Newsletter which can be found in the Newsletters section of this web site, or you can join the mailing list by clicking here and filling in the form.
To introduce ourselves: We are a small, friendly choir, specialising in European choral music up to about 1650.We sing two main concerts each year in Liverpool Cathedral Lady Chapel, in March and December. We also provide the music for a small number of church services throughout the year, beginning with a traditional service for us at St Asaph Cathedral each Autumn.
We have now published our first Newsletter, which can be downloaded from the Newsletters page.
We look forward to seeing you at our rehearsals, or at our next concert - To Mary a Son - in Liverpool Cathedral Lady Chapel on Sunday 8th December 2013.
Most of the music written during the period of the Renaissance was for voices and the greater part of it set sacred texts in Latin. Many of them were intended for specific feasts in the church year – Gabriel’s greeting to Mary, ‘Ave Maria, gratia plena’ was especially popular with composers. For secular performance today a selection of these settings can be compiled so as to form a connected story, a presentation those composers would not have envisaged. Through their motets and linked by traditional plainchant the Renaissance Music Group’s recital tells the story of Jesus’ coming - from Gabriel’s visit to Mary, his birth in Bethlehem, Herod’s slaughtering and Simeon’s embrace in the Temple. The composers appearing in the recital all came from the region of present-day northern France, Belgium and Holland, a region which nurtured an exceptionally large fund of musical talent and over a period of two centuries, (well before and a little after the Tudor Dynasty in England). Some stayed up north but many, the greatest Josquin des Pres and Orlandus Lassus - among them, went to Italy where the Renaissance first developed with its flowering of art, architecture, literature and philosophy but which, surprisingly, had no notable composers of sacred music of its own in the early period. The Group will be joined by the Chester Viols in the fine ambience of Liverpool Cathedral’s Lady Chapel on Sunday 8th December at 8pm.
To the left is a message from our Director, Morris Davies, about our Christmas 2013 concerts.
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