Musical plea for peace

The Renaissance Choir
The Renaissance Choir
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East Meets West is the title of the next concert by the Renaissance Choir, holders of The Guide’s classical music award – and the programme is designed to make a political point.

Conductor Peter Gambie says the event at Holy Spirit Church, Southsea, tomorrow (7.30pm), represents a plea for peace, love and human compassion, showing the futility of sabre-rattling between the superpowers.

The choir will sing selections from Rachmaninov’s Vespers (in Russian), featuring the composer’s signature use of the basso profundo, and pieces by prolific American composer Carson Cooman.

The programme also includes Estonian composer Arvo Pärt’s Beatitudes, Jonathan Dove’s uplifting setting of Psalm 139, and Philip Moore’s I Saw Him Standing as a Shadow. The words are a translation by Archbishop Rowan Williams of a Welsh hymn by Anne Griffiths, a farmer’s wife without formal education who died in 1805.

A previous performance of this piece, regarded as one of the most challenging in the choral repertoire, was one of the reasons cited for the Renaissance Choir’s Guide Award triumph.

Tickets cost £12 (concessions available) from (023) 9247 5259 or