Renaissance was founded in 2011 by Ben Rowarth, composer and director, as a vocal ensemble to specialise in both ‘Early’ and Contemporary music. The group uses innovative staging and recent research to re-work music of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, programming it alongside innovative new compositions by Ben Rowarth that reflect back on and are directly inspired by the earlier repertoire within each performance.
After beginning life as a student ensemble based in Durham and the North East of England, Renaissance have since been performing all over the UK. Featured in the Swaledale Festival, Hexham Abbey Festival and York Early Music Festival, the choir performed twice in 2014 in St John’s Smith Square, London, their performance in December 2014 part of a joint evening with the world renowned Tallis Scholars and their director Peter Phillips. The also appeared on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune in 2012, where Clemency Burton-Hill described their work as “completely thrilling”.
As a group of six core singers that expands for larger repertoire, the ensemble was set up as a group whose purpose is to re-imagine and re-vitalise music and it strives to produce concerts that inspire audiences to do the same.
Renaissance, a new and exciting vocal ensemble, founded in 2011 by Ben Rowarth and a number of then Durham University students, now performing all over the UK and appearing on BBC Radio 3 in 2012.