Call for Auditions January 2017

Call for Auditions January 2017

We will be starting our regular Wednesday night rehearsals on January 4th and are in need of new singers! We have openings for basses, baritones, tenors and high sopranos.

We rehearse Wednesday evenings from 7:30 to 9:30 pm at the Unitarian Church of Calgary centrally located at 1703 1st Street NW, Calgary.

If you are interested in auditioning, or you know someone who is, please contact CRSP Artistic Director Jane Perry at Auditions will be held on the weekend of January 7 & 8, 2017.

For more information, check out our website.

Seasons Greetings & A Note of Thanks

We wish everyone the gift of good cheer (and good music) over the holiday season!

We want to send a warm thank you to our lovely audience who attended our last concert.

We performed choral gems by French Renaissance masters, as well as songs of New France. It was a treat to have 8 talented musicians play a beautiful selection of music on early instruments such as baroque oboe, viola da gamba, baroque bassoon, harpsichord, and baroque violin, among others.

We work very hard to create a memorable experience for you – our patrons – and we appreciate it when you brave the cold weather and come and see us!

Our next concert will be on May 7thRenaissance Meets Klezmer! More details to come closer to the date.

December 4th 2016 Concert: Noé, Noé, Noël!

Noé, Noé, Noël!


Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 7:30pm
Pre-concert talk at 7:00pm

Location:  St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, 1121 14 Avenue SW:  Google map

Our first concert of the season will see us exploring the music of Old France and New France with Noé, Noé, Noël! Old France will be represented by some French composers (Mouton, Costeley), a Franco-Flemish composer (Josquin des Prez), a Dutch composer who composed in the French polyphonic style (Sweelinck), and by at least one composer who was not at all French but who happened to write a beautiful, little-known gem in French (Orlando di Lasso and his La nuict froide et sombre.)

New France will be represented by two Canadian composers (Peter Togni’s setting of Ave Maria and Eleanor Daley’s interpretation of The Huron Carol), arrangements of French carols by the Canadian musicologist and performer Ernest Gagnon, and The Huron Carol sung in the Huron language.

Joining us will be the CRSP Players, a group of eight musicians led by the wonderful John van Leeuwen and playing recorders, baroque oboe and bassoon and violin, viola da gamba, and harpsichord.

All in all, it promises to be a glorious evening of music, enriched by the acoustic warmth of the sanctuary at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church

Audience Letter from the Artistic Director

2016 Fall Auditions

Important update regarding auditions!

We have started rehearsing for our new season with wonderful new repertoire, but it is not too late to audition.

We still have a few openings for new singers. In particular, high sopranos, low tenors and low basses. We are, however, happy to hear from you no matter what part you sing.

If you’d like to audition, please contact the Artistic Director, Jane Perry to schedule your audition: We always welcome potential choristers to attend one of our rehearsals to check us out. We rehearse on Wednesday evenings from 7:30 – 9:30 PM at the Unitarian Church which is on the corner of 16th Avenue & 1st Street NW, Calgary.

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

CRSP singing at the Equinox Vigil – September 17th, 2016

Equinox Vigil

Each year, this very unique and moving event takes place at the Union Cemetery and CRSP will be a part of the experience. This is open to everyone and is free of charge.

Inspired by both ancient and contemporary traditions from around the globe, Equinox Vigil is a creative, respectful evening to honour the deceased and celebrate the natural cycle of Life and Death itself.

Inspiring art installations, video projections, and shrines created by professional artists form the heart of the Equinox Vigil experience.

Saturday, September 17th
6:30 – 9:30 PM
Union Cemetery – 28 Avenue & Spiller Road NE, Calgary


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Medieval Day – July 23rd – Cochrane



CPL-MEDIEVALDAY-POSTER6_0Some CRSP members will be Wandering Minstrels at Medieval Day in Cochrane on Satuday July 23rd!

From 10 AM – 4 PM, the Cochrane Pulbic Library is putting on this wonderful free festival featuring jousting, knights performing sword practice, food trucks, petting zoo, costume contest, demos, and the Calgary Renaissance Singers & Players performing as wandering minstrels.

Merry times to be had for all!