About Us

Monteverdi Choir EBS at Buckingham Palace

The three Monteverdi ensembles – the Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique - are a leading force on the international music scene. World-class musicians and singers from many nationalities come together to share in the distinctive vision of our music director, John Eliot Gardiner, in groundbreaking projects that span eight centuries of musical masterpieces.

From the monumental to the intimate, from sacred music to opera, from early music to the 20th century, often in unexpected combinations, in each of our projects we strive for excellence.

Possessed of an instantly recognizable core sound, the three ensembles are in constant renewal and evolution. We believe passionately in nurturing future generations of players and singers and developing emerging talent. Through our Apprenticeship Scheme we place young musicians alongside experienced professionals, offering them opportunities to perform at the highest level as both ensemble members and soloists.

Our Mission Statement

The three Monteverdi ensembles, founded and directed by Sir John Eliot Gardiner, constitute a unique combination. The Choir and both orchestras work independently of each other but also as equal partners with a remarkable synergy, which kindles a lyrical and intense sound.

The ensembles challenge people’s expectations of classical music. In our concerts and education work we communicate our passion for what we do, and strive to involve everyone in what great music has to say to us today. We rehearse projects intensively to communicate every sung text with conviction and to present instrumental music as a living dialogue. Every inch of a stage or church interior is exploited in our search for immediacy and drama, so that the visual impact of our performances enhances what an audience hears. There is always a palpable sense of occasion to any of our concerts.