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The Renaissance Revelers


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The Renaissance Revelers madrigal ensemble performs medieval and renaissance music in the greater Washington DC metro area. The ensemble has performed at the Maryland Renaissance Festival annually since 1987.

The group takes pride in being able to sing accurately in many languages including Olde English, English, Scots, Welsh, French, Italian, German, Latin, Spanish, Catalan, and Hebrew. They have even tackled a version of the Carol of the Bells, sung in Ukrainian.

Other past performances for this ensemble include the White House for two Christmas season celebrations, annually at the Pageant of Peace on the Washington D.C. Mall, the Maryland State House in Annapolis, the Walters Gallery, Baltimore Maryland in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore, the Lutheran Reformation Service, held at the Washington National Cathedral, and at the Kennedy Center during the Christmas season.

The group was co-founded in 1985 by present director Karen Cain, and David and Laura Ash.

Composers of whom the group has performed include:

Adriano Banchieri
Andrea Gabrielli
Antonio Scandello
Claude Le Jeune
Claudin de Sermisy
Eustache Du Caurroy
Felice de Giardini
Francis Pilkington
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
Guillaume Costeley
Guiraut de Bornelh
Hans Leo Hassler
Hubert Waelrant
John Dowland
John Farmer
John Hamilton
John Hilton
Josquin de Près
King Henry VIII
Lady Caroline Nairne
Maurice Duruflé
Melchior Franck

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  • Luuttuaja

    I think it's more important to enjoy playing than to sound 100% "authentic" or "professional". Keep up the good work!

    7 Sep 2008 Reply
  • 1Sock

    I am a little biased - since I am a member - but we try hard. Yes ... we are probably more amateurs than professionals, however we enjoy singing and performing. True madrigal music (from the late 16th and early 17th centuries) is quite difficult to sing as it is well outside the modern day harmonies of the music of today. We often sing acapella (the traditional way), though sometimes employ traditional instrumentation (at least as traditional as we can get). Criticism is good, but try it before you pass judgment.

    4 Aug 2008 Reply
  • joei72

    doesn't sound very professional…

    22 Jul 2008 Reply
  • 1Sock

    Dates will be posted as the season progresses.

    7 Feb 2008 Reply
  • 1Sock

    Don't miss The Renaissance Revelers this year (2008) at RenFest in Crownsville, Maryland. It's always fun to see them in a live performance.

    4 Feb 2008 Reply

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