Monteverdi Choir


“If there were a Nobel prize for choirs,
the Monteverdi Choir should be its laureate”
- Le Monde


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Find out about the Choir's 50th anniversary here.

 

The Monteverdi Choir, founded in 1964, is famous for its passionate, committed and virtuosic singing. Over the past 50 years, it has been consistently acclaimed as one of the best choirs in the world, noted for its ability to switch composer, language and idiom with complete stylistic conviction.

Among a number of trail-blazing tours, the most ambitious was the Bach Cantata Pilgrimage in 2000, during which they performed all 198 of JS Bach’s sacred cantatas in more than 60 churches throughout Europe, to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the composer’s death. The entire project was recorded and released by the company’s record label, Soli Deo Gloria. It was hailed as “one of the most ambitious musical projects of all times” by Gramophone magazine. Their most recent album, Vigilate! is an English polyphony a cappella recording.

The Choir is also a fertile training ground for future generations of choral and solo singers: Choir members often step out to sing solo parts and many former choristers have gone on to spectacular solo careers. Since 2007, the Monteverdi Apprenticeship Programme has added an exciting new dimension to its profile.

The Choir has over 150 recordings to its name and has won numerous prizes. It regularly participates in staged opera productions, including recently Le Freyschütz (Weber), L’Etoile (Chabrier) and Carmen (Bizet) at the Opéra Comique in Paris.

Last year, the Choir took part in a variety of projects across different repertoires – from Beethoven Missa Solemnis on tour with the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique to a nine-hour “Bach Marathon” at the Royal Albert Hall. It also collaborated with the LSO (Stravinsky Oedipus Rex), and with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra (Schumann Manfred), under the direction of Sir John Eliot Gardiner. 

Engagements in the Choir’s 50th anniversary season have included performances of Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 in Cambridge, Barcelona and Versailles; and currently an extensive European tour of Handel’s Dixit Dominus.

The Monteverdi Choir is under the patronage of HRH the Prince of Wales.


Members of the Monteverdi Choir:

SOPRANOS
Charlotte Ashley
Dima Bawab
Charmian Bedford
Eleanor Bowers-Jolley
Esther Brazil
Zoe Brown
Susanna Fairbairn
Katy Hill
Ali Hill
Emilia Hughes
Angela Kazimierczuk
Gwendolen Martin
Eleanor Meynell
Chloe Morgan
Lucy Page
Robyn Parton
Lucy Roberts
Katie Thomas
Emma Walshe
Belinda Yates
ALTOS
Lucy Ballard
Meg Bragle
Heather Cairncross
Anne Gill
Stephanie Guidera
Vanessa Heine
Louise Innes
Polly Jeffries
Frances Jellard
Rory McCleery
Raffaele Pe
Susanna Spicer
Kate Symonds Joy
Clare Wilkinson
Richard Wyn Roberts
TENORS
Ben Alden
Andrew Busher
Peter Davoren
David de Winter
Edmund Hastings
Vernon Kirk
Graham Neal
Nicholas Pritchard
Tom Raskin
Nicholas Robertson
Alexander Sprague
Ben Thapa
Paul Tindall
Gareth Treseder
BASSES
Tom Appleton
Alex Ashworth
Richard Bannan
Christopher Borrett
Matthew Brook
Robert Davies
Sam Evans
Charles Pott
Rupert Reid
Edmund Saddington
David Stuart
Lawrence Wallington