Truly eclectic mix of classical music

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The Renaissance Choir

St Peter’s Church, Petersfield

The programme dubbed this concert ‘Sounds of Heaven’ and it comprised a truly eclectic mix of repertoire ranging from medieval plainsong via renaissance gems by Byrd and Shepherd to modern-day standards including Taverner’s The Lamb.

Conductor Peter Gambie relies on the intelligence of his singers to sort out many of those tiny yet niggling difficulties presented by complex scores, and his choir rarely lets him down.

The large audience on Saturday night were also treated to a number of recent American works, including Eric Whitacre’s hauntingly beautiful Sleep and Polish composer Gorecki’s striking Totus Tuus, which the choir had performed alongside a Polish choir whilst on tour in Krakow.

As an occasional foil to the choral music, local pianist Karen Kingsley coaxed some wonderful colours out of the vintage instrument.

Petersfield Church is a wonderful venue. This well-planned and varied concert by the Emsworth based ensemble, was a joy.