3. CHORAL COMBO
Palmerston North’s Renaissance Singers and Whanganui’s Schola Sacra come together in concert.
With high praise for last year’s fortieth anniversary concerts, which included a stunning new work by local composer Graham Parsons, still ringing, the Renaissance Singers are set to sing again.
This Saturday May 7, the choir combines with Whanganui’s Schola Sacra which has also recently celebrated forty years.
Both choirs are similar in style. Guy Donaldson, conductor of the Renaissance Singers for 26 years is originally from Whanganui. He and Roy Tankersley, musical director of Schola Sacra, have worked together on many musical projects, but this is the first time their two choirs have collaborated.
Well known for his musical work in Palmerston North, for the past 13 years Roy has commuted every Tuesday to Whanganui to rehearse Schola Sacra and the associated Youth Chorus he founded.
In the first half, Schola Sacra will sing sacred music from the 16th century to the present day and secular music by Stanford, and Parsons.
The Renaissance Singers will also include a work by Parsons in their presentation of ‘music, old and new’ based on Shakespearean texts, 2016 being the 400th anniversary of the playwright’s death. There’ll also be a contemporary piece based on a Bach chorale.
In the second half, two short pieces for double choir will be performed ahead of the featured combined work, Haydn’s Little Organ Mass, with soprano Jennifer Little, organist Jonathan Berkahn and a string orchestra.
Jennifer is a Wellington soprano who has recently moved to live in Palmerston North.
Jonathan is a former local musician who now lives in Wellington, who still often works with the Renaissance Singers.
The city’s Renaissance Singers combine in concert with with Whanganui’s Schola Sacra this Saturday night.