Join us for a day of exploring Renaissance Choral Music, led by Alan Tavener with members of Strathclyde University Chamber Choir.

When & Where

Saturday 7th October 2023, 10am to 5pm

The Renfield Training and Conference Centre, Bath Street, Glasgow

The Workshop

SUCC is excited to announce a new venture – a day immersed in Renaissance music. During the day, we will work on a selection of Renaissance choral works, giving an opportunity for some in-depth study of techniques and approaches to singing this repertoire. Composers featured will include Palestrina and Victoria, with Victoria’s beautiful motet ‘Regina Coeli’ one of the highlights. It will culminate in a short concert to which friends and family will be invited to hear the pieces we have worked on. We have chosen the Renfield Centre for its excellent acoustics ideal for singing this repertoire, centrally located in Glasgow, and close to bus and train routes – and a range of cafes!


Our Director of Music is Alan Tavener, whose passion for ‘early music’ goes back to his student days and has flourished throughout his career in the performance, touring and recording of a wide range of medieval, renaissance and baroque music. In addition to being the Founder and Music Director of the Strathclyde University Chamber Choir, he directs the professional choir Cappella Nova and the choir of St Bride’s Episcopal Church.

Join Us!

The workshop is open to all choral singers with an interest in singing unaccompanied Renaissance music. Whether you have sung this repertoire before or are completely new to it, you are sure to learn something! To get the most out of the day, it is recommended that you have some music reading ability and are capable of holding your own voice-part. If you’re not sure about your level, do get in touch – don’t underestimate yourself! – and, to help you to gauge this for yourself, take a look at the Repertoire for the Day…


If you are already a member of the Chamber Choir you can access the various repertoire pieces in this e-folder.  You can also access each of the items (all on the CPDL website) as follows:-

Ave Maria (William Byrd)

Salva Nos & Nunc Dimittis (Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina)

Dum Transisset (I) (John Sheppard)

Magnificat Quarti Toni (4 pares) (Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina)

Regina Caeli Laetare (Tomás Luis de Victoria)

Schedule for the Day

9.30am doors open
10.00-11.20am music session
11.20-11.40am refreshment break
11.40am-1.00pm music session
1.00-2.15pm lunch break
2.15-3.30pm music session
3.30-3.50pm refreshment break
3.50-5.00pm music session including sing through/informal performance (open to friends!)

The cost to attend the workshop will be £25 for the day, which will include copies of the music.

To register interest, ask any questions and sign up for the workshop please contact