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The Renaissance Singers reborn.

Valerie Hill, Record staff
Sat February 02 2013

The choir’s blending of traditional and new music has helped attract new audience members, he said, noting that while Waterloo Region has a rich heritage of choral groups, the Renaissance Singers has established its own unique niche performing music no one else does.


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"Renaissance Singers mark 40th year".
The Kitchener-Waterloo Record, December,
2012 By Martin DeGroot

"When it was founded in 1972, the choir was dedicated to a capella, primarily sacred, music of the Renaissance. Over time the repertoire expanded to include secular as well as religious works from all musical eras. There is a strong emphasis in contemporary Canadian choral compositions, The program for the concert next Sunday includes all these elements."
 

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"Festive Renaissance Singers deliver".
The Kitchener-Waterloo Record, Christmas, 2000
By Colleen Johnston

"Overall, one would have to conclude that Cunningham and his 28-voice chorus of semi-professionals do their job very well indeed. They bring people out and that's a good thing. They are also flexible in a variety of styles." "The singers, as a choir, produce well-rehearsed and controlled musical shapes, and their final chords belie much preparation." "This choir has a great deal of talent, and it's members work superbly with an orchestra."
 

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"Vancouver Chamber Choir a miracle of hard work".
The Kitchener-Waterloo Record, February,
1999 By Colleen Johnston

(This concert featured the VCC as our guests and the feature performers of the evening).

"On their own, they (the Renaissance Singers), sang Bruckner's Locus iste (Consecrated in worship to this place), and Ave Maria (Hail Mary). And good for them - they did a smashing job of bringing out the inherent earnestness of both pieces."

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"Renaissance Singers raise their voices for Haiti".
The Kitchener-Waterloo Record, February,
2010 By Stephen Preece

"After more than 30 years resurrecting the beautiful music of the Renaissance period, Waterloo Region's The Renaissance Singers have a new director, with new ideas."
 

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"Renaissance Singers reflect holiday joy".
The Kitchener-Waterloo Record, December,
2009 By Stephen Preece

"The title said it all, Saturday evening at St. John's the Evangelist church in Kitchener, with the Renaissance Singers invoking Christmas Cheer through traditional music and readings for the season."
 

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"Group balances modern, traditional".
The Kitchener-Waterloo Record, December,
2006 By Stephen Preece

"The continuous shifts from major to minor created a wonderfully mystical effect. The choir finessed these challenging chromaticisms with a high level of skill and confidence." " Part two settled into some lovely airy chord clusters around the lyric 'sleep you well my heart's own darling.' This was a very tricky subtle section with it's open space and quiet intensity, and the choir pulled it off with wonderful expressiveness."

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"A Renaissance Christmas".
The Kitchener-Waterloo Record, December,
2010 By Stephen Preece

"By the third piece the pace hit an outright gallop with the 15th century traditional Nova, nova, a lively folk melody celebrating the annunciation. This music showed the choir's expressive range, featuring buoyant accents and lively rhythmic singing.
 

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"Singers' different approach a delight".
The Kitchener-Waterloo Record, Christmas,
2004 By Harry Currie

"I was delighted to hear them singing with such magnificent tone, careful wide dynamics, shadowed nuances, precise diction and a perfection of pitch that few amateur choirs can attain." "With this delightful choral tone and in the acoustic of a church setting, the music was the perfect blend of sound and ambience. A further surprise was the realization that virtually every singer is a soloist in his or her own right; and a very good one at that."
 

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"Singers provide choral excellence".
The Brantford Expositor, November, 2000
By Gary Muir

"Everything that makes a choir worth listening to was wrapped up in these pieces. Musicality, sectional balance, diction and dynamics were front and centre during this trio of songs, with their version of R. Anderson's arrangement of the Huron Carol being particularly outstanding."

Click on top picture to see shots of the, 'Celtic Voices" concert. Photos by Michael Turman.
Click on bottom picture to see shots of our 2012 Christmas concert at Kitchener City Hall.

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