Launch of our 50th Anniversary year at Buckingham Palace
4 February 2014

In his role as Patron of the Monteverdi Choir, HRH The Prince of Wales hosted a gala concert and dinner last night at Buckingham Palace, to celebrate 50 years since the foundation of the Monteverdi Choir by conductor Sir John Eliot Gardiner.


Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducted the Monteverdi Choir in performances of J.S. Bach’s motet Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied and Handel’s Dixit Dominus, for which they were joined by the English Baroque Soloists. These two works are by composers central to John Eliot Gardiner and the Monteverdi Choir’s repertoire, and which will feature in their forthcoming European Anniversary Tour.
The Prince expressed pride in his role as Patron, praising the choir’s continued successes over half a century of the highest musical achievement, their role as ambassadors for British cultural excellence, the imagination and flair of their programming, and their commitment to nurturing generations of distinguished British singers.
The Prince has been Patron of the Monteverdi Choir since 2009, although his involvement with this illustrious ensemble dates back to their famous Bach Cantata Pilgrimage of 2000. He was instrumental in supporting the Pilgrimage and subsequent recording project undertaken by the Choir’s own record label Soli Dei Gloria (SDG), now acclaimed as one of the most ambitious musical and recording projects of all time. 
Sir John Eliot Gardiner says: “I wish to thank HRH The Prince of Wales for hosting such a special evening to mark the Monteverdi Choir’s 50th birthday. I’m sure none of us involved in putting on that first concert of the Monteverdi Vespers at King’s College, Cambridge would have imagined what lay ahead for us. The Prince’s constant support has been invaluable to us and is much appreciated by us all.”


This is the third year of the prestigious Critics’ Circle music section awards, voted for by members of the British press, and Gardiner joins previous recipients Oliver Knussen and Daniel Barenboim.


Read more about the awards at Classical Music Magazine [link]