Palmer­ston North’s Re­nais­sance Singers and Whanganui’s Schola Sacra come to­gether in con­cert.

The Tribune (NZ) - - WELCOME -

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.

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