“One of the most exciting young a cappella groups to have set out their stall in recent years”, Peter Phillips, The Tallis Scholars

Renaissance is a small group of singers directed by Ben Rowarth, originally founded in Durham, still taking a number of its singers from Durham University Graduates. The choir specializes in two specific genres: Renaissance Polyphony and 20th/21st Century, or ‘Contemporary Music’ and works, not only to give specialist performances of these two genres separately, but also to provide programs that show how well these two contrasting and beautiful styles complement each other. After being founded in 2011, the group have been moving from strength to strength, receiving outstanding reviews and appearing on BBC Radio 3 in 2012. They will be performing in many more venues around the UK in the near future.IMG_27982

‘I have never been more impressed by choral singing in Durham.’ – Ralph Allwood, 2012

‘Completely Thrilling!’ – Clemency Burton-Hill’

‘An evening of outstanding musicality and maturity’ – Jane Shuttleworth, 2012

‘Rowarth’s distinctive style made Renaissance stand out from all the other smart young choirs.’ – Jane Shuttleworth, 2012

19th December, 6pm: St John’s Smith Square, London alongside The Tallis Scholars

We are very excited to announce that, as part of the 29th annual Christmas Festival at St John’s Smith Square, Renaissance will be performing their latest Christmas programme ‘A Hymn of the Nativity’, as part of a joint evening with Peter Phillips and The Tallis Scholars at 7.30pm. For more information please visit the St John’s Smith Square website:


Renaissance at Christmas – A Hymn of the Nativity: Christmas music by the Tudor Greats, William Byrd and Thomas Tallis, set alongside earlier carols of the medieval period and festive works of the twentieth and twenty first centuries, inspired by these sixteenth century gems.


Also coming up in December:

3rd December, 7.45pm: The Queen’s Hall, Hexham

As part of the Hexham District Music Festival 2014


10th December, 7.30pm: All Saint’s Church, North Street, York

As part of the York Early Music Christmas Festival 2014