An Afternoon in Renaissance Italy – May 7th

CRSP Bragg Creek Concert

Did you miss our latest concert on April 17th? Well – we are are going to put on the same show this upcoming Saturday, May7th!

As part of a special fundraiser to help re-build the Bragg Creek Community Centre (which got water damage and needs major repairs), we will perform the same repertoire.

* Saturday, May 7th
* 2:30 PM – pre-concert talk
* 3:00 to 5:00 PM – concert
* The Redwood House, #1 Manyhorses Drive, Redwood Meadows (very close to Bragg Creek off of Highway 22)
* Pay what you can (recommended $15 regular, $10 seniors/students, under 18 free)
* Tickets available at the Bragg Creek Centre – 403 949 4277 ext 2,

Come on out to beautiful Bragg Creek/Redwood Meadows, enjoy being close to the mountains, and see our entertaining concert!

Programme Preview for Play & Pray – April 17, 2016


This is going to be a fabulous concert not to be missed! Along with the usual stunning singing, there will also be:

  • A Bell solo and other percussion performed by Brent Van Dusen, one of our singers
  • Instrumental music with Recorder, Crumhorn and Viola da gamba featuring guest artists John van Leeuwen and Joan Kent
  • Mask and costume parade a la Carnevale style narrated by Rachel Ewert
  • CRSP dance troupe led by Lauretta Carrick
  • Juggling performed by the talented Jeffrey Olynek
  • The ever popular informative pre-concert talk

Here is an idea of what you’ll hear:

  • Palestrina   Sicut Cervus
  • Palestrina   Stabat Mater Dolorosa
  • Victoria   O Vos Omnes
  • Gjeilo   Agnus Dei: Phoenix
  • Scheidt   Surrexit Christus Hodie
  • Lasso   Matona Mia Cara
  • Banchieri   Mascherata d’Amanti
  • Donato   Chi La Gagliarda
  • Lasso   Tutto Lo Di
  • Banchieri   Vinata di Brindesi, e Ragioni
  • Banchieri   Capriciata a Tre Voci
  • Banchieri   Contraponto Bestiale Alla Mente

See our Play & Pray concert announcement for more concert details and tickets.

We hope to see you there!

April 17, 2016 Concert: Play & Pray

Play & Pray



  • Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 3:00pm
  • Pre-concert talk at 2:30pm
  • St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, 1121 14 Avenue SW:  Google map
  • Guest musicians: John van Leeuwen on recorder and Joan Kent on viola da gamba
  • Join us as we take a journey to the Italian Renaissance – the time and place which birthed some of the world’s most sublime sacred music, and that also witnessed the blossoming of Carnevale, the annual joy-filled and excess-laden carnival which cartwheeled through the beginning of each calendar year in Renaissance Italy. The first half (sacred – the ‘Pray’ part), will feature music by Palestrina, Scheidt, de Victoria and Ola Gjeilo who is a 21st century composer who reworks the Renaissance themes. The second half (secular – the ‘Play’ part), will develop the theme of Carnevale, which started in Italy and then spread throughout the world. It is a huge celebration, lasting many days, and culminating in Martedi Grasso (or Mardi Gras), the day before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. (OK, so we’re a little late, but we had to get it all rehearsed!) This concert will be more along the style of the early Calgary Renaissance Singers concerts, with much merriment, some theatre, madrigal-singing and minstrels. With something for everyone, this is a concert not to be missed!

Audience Letter from the Artistic Director

Programme preview for Byrd and Birds, Dec. 05, 2015

CRSP-BigB-ByrdWe’d just like to give you an idea of what you’ll hear at our upcoming December 5th concert:

  • Traditional   I Saw Three Ships
  • Byrd    Hodie Christus natus est
  • Britten   Hodie Christus natus est
  • Byrd   Ave Maria, gratia plena
  • Rutter    Christmas Lullaby
  • Byrd   The Carman’s Whistle (Chellan Hoffman, organ)
  • Byrd   This Day Christ Was Born
  • Lennon and McCartney   Blackbird
  • Arcadelt   Il bianco e dolce cigno
  • Janequin   Le Chant des Oyseaux
  • Monteverdi   Dolcissimo usignolo
  • Frescobaldi   Capriccio on the notes of the Cuckoo (Chellan Hoffman, organ)
  • Mason    Joy to the World   (Chellan Hoffman, organ)
  • Courtney   A Musicological Journey Through the Twelve Days of Christmas

See our Byrd & Birds concert announcement for concert details and tickets.

We hope to see you there!

CRSP Participates in Calgary’s Run for Music, 2015

This year on Saturday October 17th, eight members of the Calgary Renaissance Singers and Players once again participated in the Run For Music event, a fundraiser organized by the Alberta Choral Federation (ACF). This year our team was called “Byrd’s Flock.”

Thanks to our sponsors, we raised over $1380.00, a portion of which goes into our choir’s own funds, the other portion to the ACF.

CRSP-Run-For-Music-2015Here are some of the experiences of the team that walked or ran:

  • Jeb Gaudet: “A great day for a great cause!  I loved the informational tidbits along the way about the benefits of choral singing”
  • Ruby, age 10: “Thank goodness for the water stop!  It was hard work but it was worth it for the pancakes”
  • Lisa Hurrle: “It was a gorgeous day – so great to see everyone enjoying the park and each other”
  • Liz:I participated in this years Run for Music because it was a great opportunity to work with my own choir team mates raising funds for our choir while supporting choral singing in Alberta!   This event was a lot of fun and as always North Glenmore Park was spectacular!”
  • Marcia: The walk/run (our team walked, at paces ranging from brisk to leisurely) happened in lovely weather, and provided us with a chance to catch up with conversations about life events, politics, plans, exercise, food – and of course music.  It was good to have that opportunity for social time while helping the CRSP budget.
  • Marlin: “Music and all forms of creative expression are key components to healthy living. Therefore, choosing to support this particular event through active participation was an easy decision.  Getting out in the early morning, breathing fresh air and visiting with great people in a scenic environment was simply an added bonus.”