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: