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Next concert

Our next concert is on Saturday, 23rd May in St. James the Less Episcopal Church, Penicuik.

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Latest CD

In recent years, we have added a fourth album to our recordings available for purchase. The CD features music for St Andrew by a selection of composers.

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A Scribe at work in a Scriptorium

About the Choir

In 2007 the Edinburgh University Renaissance Singers celebrated forty years of performing Renaissance and Baroque music to Scottish audiences and we're still going strong.

The Renaissance Singers started out as an early music group affiliated to the Music Society in the mid-1960s and began performing in public in 1967-68. It currently numbers about forty singers, made up of students and staff of the university, as well as people from the wider Edinburgh community. It has introduced Scottish audiences to many works, such as the Requiems of Victoria and Cardoso, and regularly mounts reconstructions of major ceremonial occasions in collaboration with members of the Scottish Gabrieli Ensemble and the Squair Mile Consort, performing on period instruments.

Tours have been undertaken to Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Cyprus, France, Switzerland, Germany, the Scottish Highlands, Estonia and Spain.

The Renaissance Singers are directed by Dr Noel O'Regan, senior lecturer in music at the University of Edinburgh. Dr O'Regan specialises in late 16th and early 17th century sacred music, particularly in Rome, and has published articles on Palestrina, Victoria and Lassus. In 1995 he was awarded the prestigious Palestrina prize by the city of Palestrina, in recognition of his research into the composer and his music.

Our assistant conductor David Seers rehearsing us a concert in Estonia