Sometimes as you are walking along a NYC street, dallying in Central Park or hurrying through Grand Central do you suddenly hear beautiful 15 or 16th Century music being sung nearby and have a moment of relaxation and peace as you stop to listen?
Undoubtedly you have suddenly come across the The Renaissance Street Singers, determinably FREE, no contributions required, singing the sacred music they love even though many are not practising Christians.
You could say the guiding spirit of this 40 yr old group is ‘just loving the music’. It is certainly the philosophy of John Hetland their leader.
If you’re interested in this group in any way or would like to join go to Renaissance Street Singers and read up on how it all works.
Their permission to sing in Grand Central comes via a permit from the Metropolitian Transportation Authority’s Arts For Transit program and it’s fascinating to see the range of musicians they allow to perform at stations and in the subway.
Didjeridoo, spoon, mandolin and hammered dulcimer players can perform right alongside a slew of jazz musicians, guitarists and a sole opera singer. Shout Out to the MTA, our ears and our peaceful souls thank you. COMMENT on your favorite street music and LIKE suddenly hearing beautiful music as you walk along.