Monteverdi Choir & Orchestras will be performing two programmes at the BBC Proms 2017:

Prom 25 (Late night): Reformation 500th anniversary Bach & Schütz
Wed 2 Aug, 22.15

Sir John Eliot Gardiner, the Monteverdi Choir and the English Baroque Soloists mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation with this programme of Bach’s Reformation Cantatas BWV 79 and BWV 80 alongside a selection of works from Schütz’s Psalmen Davids.

They are jubilatory compositions, designed with opulent orchestration and joyous melodic invention. Schütz’s works, based on Luther’s translations of the Psalm texts, include sagbutts and cornetts and make use of the impressive polychoral technique he had learned while studying in Venice with Giovanni Gabrieli. Bach’s cantatas, composed for Reformation Day (October 31st), possess characteristic rhythmic and contrapuntal intensity and those presented in this programme are settings of their respective Lutheran chorales. 

Tickets on sale from Saturday 13 May
Seats £10 to £35 (plus booking fee)
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Prom 31Berlioz – The Damnation of Faust 

Tue 8 Aug, 19.30

Sir John Eliot Gardiner returns to the Proms with The Damnation of Faust, continuing his multi-season Berlioz series. It is a work of extremely broad scope; part opera, part cantata and designed for four solo voices, full seven-part chorus, large children's chorus and orchestra. It is an epic retelling of the Faust story that captures the extremes of man’s ambition and folly in music, by turns exquisite and grotesque, described by Berlioz as a ‘dramatic legend’.

American tenor Michael Spyres, a long-time collaborator with Sir John Eliot Gardiner, returns to the Proms in the title-role, with Swedish mezzo-soprano Ann Hallenberg as the innocent victim, Marguerite.

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Prom 31Berlioz – The Damnation of Faust Photos

 © Chris Christodoulou