The Apprentice Programme

Credit: Bertrand de Miollis / Olivier Desvaux

"Our apprentices have proved to be a magnificent addition to the Monteverdi ensembles since we established the pioneering scheme in 2007. In short, a Monteverdi Apprenticeship provides an holistic and comprehensive programme offering the very best young musicians a bridge between university, conservatoire and the professional work."

Sir John Eliot Gardiner

The aim of the Apprenticeship Programme is to recruit the most promising young performers – those on the verge of entering the profession – and introduce them to the musical tradition of the Monteverdi Choir and the working practices of Sir John Eliot Gardiner by way of a year-long apprenticeship, involving participation in the Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique projects, as well as additional mentoring and coaching sessions with the Monteverdi musical staff.

For the successful applicants the benefits are manifold:
- to be introduced to the highest level of choral singing available in the UK and on the international scene;
- to spend time working on and performing a wide repertoire with the Monteverdi Choir, Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the Choir’s associated orchestras, by participating in rehearsals and observing projects;
- to receive an excellent preparation for a performing career, learning at an early stage of development about the exacting demands and working practices of an internationally renowned ensemble;
- to receive additional educational benefits ranging from individual mentoring and coaching to audition technique seminars;
- to learn to work in a team within the multi-national environment of the Choir and orchestras;
- depending on availability, there may be a possibility to participate in MCO educational projects, communicating your enthusiasm for classical music to those who have had no experience of it .

The Monteverdi Choir will appoint up to eight vocal apprentices for the year 2014/15, who will be invited to take part in several projects with the Choir and orchestras. They will be asked to perform concerts in the UK and on tour and to attend all rehearsals. In addition, they will take part in other projects such as chamber music concerts and educational activities.
Exactly which projects the successful applicants participate in will be decided after the auditions and as the year progresses but successful applicants should be prepared to be called for any of the following periods:

- 18th September, 25th September 2014 (Handel: Dixit Dominus, Scarlatti: Stabat Mater a dieci voci, Bach:
Cantata BWV 199 Mein Herz schwimmt im Blut)
- 14th-29th November 2014 (Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem)

- 18th March-3rd April (J.S. Bach: Mass in B minor)
- 14th April-3rd May (Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine 1610; Monteverdi: L’Orfeo)
- 4th May (miscellaneous works by Monteverdi and Schubert)
- 13th-15th June (Mozart: Requiem in D minor)
- 4th August 2014 (Monteverdi: L’Orfeo)
N.B. dates, projects and repertoire are subject to change

Throughout the course of the year Apprentices will be welcome as observers at rehearsals for projects in
which they are not taking part. At the end of the year they will be asked to write a brief report on their
experience and they will be considered for further professional engagement by the Monteverdi Choir and

All touring expenses including per diems will be covered, and apprentices will also be paid a half-fee for each
project in which they participate. (Candidates who are not London-based must note that unfortunately any
expenses incurred to travel to and stay in London for rehearsals and local concerts cannot be covered).

We are most grateful to the following individuals for their generous support of the 2012-2013 Apprentice Programme:

N H Baring, Geoffrey Barnett, Dr Stephen Bence, Constantin Boden, Marisa Borroni,
Elena and Richard Bridges, Mrs M Buchanan, Lord Burns, Roger & Rosemary Chadder,
Peter Chapman, Peter R Chapman, Mrs Felicity Fairbairn, Lex Greensill, John Hanford,
Ian and Morny Hay Davison, Elizabeth Houghton, Richard Jacques, Andrey Kidel,
William Lock, Iain and Jennifer Mathewson, John McCann, Jonathan Neil-Smith,
Miguel Ortega, Costa Pilavachi, Nicola F E Ramsden, Leen Roetman,
Dr Paul A Sackin, Alan Sainer, Keith J. Salway, Helen and John Skinner, Stephen Uhlig,
Victor and Tina Vadaneaux, David WB Ward, Tony and Jackie Yates-Watson, Dr Laura Youens,
Ilario Zampone

And ten donors who wish to remain anonymous