Monteverdi Choir

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

Founded by Sir John Eliot Gardiner as part of the break-away period instrument movement of the 1960s, the Monteverdi Choir have always focused on bringing a new perspective to their repertoire. Their real difference as an ensemble lies in their ability to communicate music to their audiences worldwide, as they go beyond the music, seeking to create immediacy and drama in everything they do. This approach has led to the Monteverdi Choir being consistently acclaimed as one of the best choirs in the world over the past 50 years.

The Monteverdi Choir has over 150 recordings to its name and has won numerous prizes, setting themselves apart from other ensembles through the scope of their projects, pursuing a theme over several months, rather than weeks. Among a number of such trail-blazing tours was the Bach Cantata Pilgrimage, during which the Choir performed all 198 of J. S. Bach’s sacred cantatas in more than 60 churches throughout Europe and America. The project was recorded by Soli Deo Gloria, the company’s own record label, and hailed as “one of the most ambitious musical projects of all time” by Gramophone magazine.

The Choir regularly performs works across a wide ranging repertoire: noted for its ability to switch composer and idiom with complete stylistic conviction. Last year, the Choir took part in a variety of projects– from Bach’s Mass in B Minor tour and recording with the English Baroque Soloists, to a tour of the U.S.A. with Monteverdi’s Vespers and L’Orfeo. In 2015, the Monteverdi Choir also performed Mozart’s Requiem in D minor in both the Aldeburgh Festival and the annual Anima Mundi in Pisa: International Church Music Festival. It also collaborated with the Tonhalle Orchestra on Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass under the direction of Sir John Eliot Gardiner.

The Choir has also participated in several staged opera productions, including most recently Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in September 2015; working in collaboration with the Hofesh Schechter dance company. Other opera productions include Le Freyschütz (2010) and Carmen (2009) at the Opéra Comique in Paris, and in 2003 the Choir performed Les Troyens at the Théâtre du Châtelet.

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

Members of the Monteverdi Choir:

Charlotte Ashley
Dima Bawab
Charmian Bedford
Eleanor Bowers-Jolley
Esther Brazil
Zoe Brookshaw
Susanna Fairbairn
Katy Hill
Alison Hill
Emilia Hughes
Angela Kazimierczuk
Gwendolen Martin
Eleanor Meynell
Chloe Morgan
Lucy Page
Robyn Parton
Lucy Roberts
Katie Thomas
Emma Walshe
Belinda Yates
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
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
Tom Appleton
Alex Ashworth
Richard Bannan
Christopher Borrett
Matthew Brook
Robert Davies
Sam Evans
Charles Pott
Rupert Reid
Edmund Saddington
David Stuart
Lawrence Wallington