Sue Ingram, who has sung soprano in the Emsworth-based organisation for 10 years and chaired it for seven, collected the trophy with Dot Warren, the choir’s librarian. The choir’s repertoire ranges from the Renaissance to contemporary works, often presenting them with tough challenges.
Sue said: ‘We are delighted to receive the award, and delighted also that the programming, particularly of music by contemporary composer James MacMillan, was appreciated.
‘We don’t like to get away from our Renaissance roots too often but to do modern works alongside them. We find them challenging and rewarding.’
Peter Gambie, who missed the awards ceremony because of other rehearsal commitments, said later: ‘Renaissance Choir members work much harder than any of the many choirs I’ve worked with, so recognition of their commitment and musicianship is welcome and fitting.’
The runner-up trophy went to the even smaller Portsmouth Baroque Choir, making the evening a double success for its conductor, Malcolm Keeler: he is also the Renaissance Choir’s assistant musical director.