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.”

Upcoming performance at Equinox Vigil, Sept. 19, 2015

The Calgary Renaissance Singers & Players is one of the live musical groups that is currently scheduled to perform at Equinox Vigil, Saturday, September 19, 2015, 6:30 to 9:30 PM at the Union Cemetery near the Stampede grounds (28 Avenue & Spiller Road SE). This is a multidisciplinary arts event that explores the idea of death.

As explained by the Equinox Vigil’s website, it is “A free, family-friendly event to honour the deceased in creative and meaningful ways:

  • Art Installations & Shrines
  • Live Music
  • Video & Film Projections
  • The Union Choir
  • Digital Shrine
  • Memorial Craft-Making
  • Hosted Tea Garden
  • Poetry & History
  • Lantern Processions

Opening Ceremony 6:30 pm at the Threshold

Lantern Processions at 8 pm & 9 pm

More information:

2015-2016 Season Plans

Concert dates for the Calgary Renaissance Singers & Players this upcoming season:

  • Next concert: “Play & Pray,” Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 3:00pm at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, 1121 14 Avenue SW
  • Note the Sunday date, and the afternoon 3pm concert time!
  • Our music will take you to a weekend in 16th-century Italy with the bright energy of a Saturday carnival and the solemn beauty of a Sunday worship service.

  • CRSP-BigB-ByrdPrevious concert: “Byrd & Birds,” Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 7:30pm at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church
  • View the programme PDF:


This message and the 2015-2016 Season page will be updated with more details as they become available.

2015 Fall auditions for choristers

At the beginning of this fall 2015 season, The Calgary Renaissance Singers and Players are looking for an additional Bass singer and an Alto singer.

We are also happy to hear sopranos and tenors if they are willing to be part of a waiting list should they have successful auditions.

Auditions are currently scheduled for the evening of Wednesday, September 2, 2015.

If you’d like to audition, please contact the Artistic Director, Jane Perry to schedule your audition:

Find out more about singing with us at our Auditions page: