The Renaissance Choir: “Ave Maria”

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Conductor – Peter Gambie
With the Renaissance Choir.

“Ave Maria” comprises music written in homage to Mary the Virgin from across the ages.

Over the ages, composers have found the Virgin Mary to be a source of deep inspiration. The Renaissance Choir experienced some of that mystery in Krakow, Poland in 2010. We sang Arvo Pärt’s Totus Tuus (a hymn to Mary) in a spacious and beautiful chapel in a monastery. The only audience was the monk who was our guide. At the end of this quiet, reflective piece, I thanked him for letting us sing to him. “No,” he said, in tearful wonder, “you sang to us. Mary was here too.”

Whilst we can’t promise a miracle, our programme is about peace, tranquillity and wonder. We include well-known pieces such as Rachmaninov’s Bogoroditse Dyevo along with works by Poulenc and Holst. From the Renaissance, we sing pieces by Byrd, Lassus and Victoria.

Full price tickets: £15. Children/students: £2. Tickets also available from One Tree Books and on the door. Box office: 01243 379724

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O Maria vernans rosa – Jacobus Clemens (non Papa)
Ave Maria – Rihards Dubra
Ave Maria – William Byrd
Salve Regina – Peter Phillips

Little Green – Joni Mitchell
Ave Maria – Gustav Holst
Salve Regina – Francis Poulenc
Ave Maria – Robert Parsons
Alma Redemptoris Mater – Orlando di Lasso

O sanctissima Maria – Paul Mealor
Totus Tuus – Henryk Mikolaj Górecki

Songs Inspired by Mary:
Het Was een Maged Uitverkoren – Dutch devotional song, late Middle Ages
How Wild the Wind Blows – Molly Drake, arr. The Unthanks
Let No Man Steal Your Thyme – English traditional, arr. Lady Maisery
Teardrop – Massive Attack, arr. O’Hooley & Tidow

Virgencita – Arvo Pärt
Bogoroditse Dyevo Sergei Rachmaninov
Ave regina caelorum – Orlando di Lasso
Ave Maria – Tomás Luis de Victoria

The Renaissance Choir comprises around 34 singers that puts the beautiful music of the Renaissance period at the heart of its repertoire.
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