RENAISSANCE midi file store

The Renaisance Choir is a choir of about 35 singers of all ages, which meets weekly in Emsworth in Hampshire on a Friday evening. The choir gives several public performances every year, in Hampshire and Sussex. The spectrum of music is fairly broad but contains a preponderance of Renaissance music written for the church. If anyone wishes to know more, please contact the website at

The music in this section is for use from May 2024

Principles of Robins Midi file design.

The files on this site contain the accompaniment and vocal parts synthesised on the Roland D20, or on an AWE32 computer sound card. The quality of the result however will depend on the quality of your own sound card and sound system on your computer. The accompaniment is spread evenly across both channels, but the parts are arranged on either the left stereo channel, or, in the case of your part, on the right stereo channel. Thus if you set your stereo balance to the centre you will hear a reasonable balance of all parts. However if you set the balance to the right, you should hear your part dominating. Conversely, if you set the balance to the left, your part should be almost inaudible (for confident singers, who probably don't need this help anyway!)

If you are using stereo headphones the effect can be achieved by offsetting the relevant earpiece so you hear less or no sound from it.

Please note that this is strictly for practice, and you should not expect a particularly pleasant sound, and I am afraid no dynamics.

Sometimes there are solo parts alongside the choral parts. In this case they will always be heard on both channels.

Before unaccompanied pieces, or pieces starting with no piano intro, to strike the rhythm for the singer, two extra bars are inserted at the beginning. The first bar contains the initial note of the part on each beat of the bar, and the second bar is empty.

File download area

You are here if you wish to select one or more MIDI files to help you with your practice. Find your voice in the table alongside the piece of music you wish to hear or load down.To hear the midi file played, just click on it. Depending on your browser settings the file may play at once with QuickTime, or with MediaPlayer. Or you may get a pop-up which will offer you the option to "Open" the file, or "Save" it with some warnings about safety. If you only wish to save the file without playing it, its better to right-click and follow the drop-down menu to the "Save" option. In either case, you will be asked to choose where on your computer to place it.

Music for use from May 2024..

NOTE: If you click on the column under "Youtube?" (if it is not blank) you may find a reasonable quality actual performance, sometimes including a rolling score for good measure. Should you find a number (EG 5:50) this is the minutes and seconds offset to the start of the piece.

Title of Piece ComposerVersions for each partYoutube?
Gloria < Poulenc Click here to access the whole work 0.0
Stream of Life Ian D. Schofield Click here to access the whole work
Ne Irascaris (see note) Byrd Sop Alt Ten 1 Ten 2 Bas 0.0
Future music> Click here to acces September practice files
  1. Ne irascaris version bit unpolished - I hope better than nothing. The Youtube version has a rolling score.

If you wish to address midi files from the Whole Works section, or files used for previous concerts click the item identified below, or choose the option to access all files.

  1. Archice list of all practice set used from 2005 to December 2023 <
  2. here for concerts from January 2024
  3. here for concerts from May 2024
  4. here for concerts from September 2024
  5. here to access any or all midi files on this site (including those for the Cantemus choir and the Southampton Choral Society)

Technical Notes on Midi file structure.