Education and Outreach

Our education and outreach work is a fundamental component of our mission.

Working with children's choirs

We regularly work in partnership with youth choirs, both in the UK and internationally. Each performance of our 2016 tour of J.S. Bach’s St Matthew Passion featured a different choir including the Cor Infantil de l’Orfeó Català, Netherlands Youth Choir, Luzerner Sängerknaben and Trinity Boys Choir.

In August 2017, members of the National Youth Choir of Scotland will once again sing with us for our performance at the BBC Proms, for the third year in a row.

Our work with these choirs gives talented young performers the opportunity to learn first-hand about the artistic process, during the most formative years of their musical lives. The experience and exposure that they gain from working with our ensembles will enable these young performers to pursue a professional career in the arts.

Bristol Plays Music Monteverdi 450 Project

As part of the outreach programme during our Monteverdi 450 celebrations, we worked in partnership with education hub Bristol Plays Music to provide workshops to local children and young people on Claudio Monteverdi and historically informed performance practice. 

On 7th May 2017, participants were treated to an interactive singing workshop with Monteverdi Choir member Sam Evans, a pre-performance talk and a chance to attend the L’Incoronazione di Poppea dress rehearsal. On 27th May, attendees watched members of the English Baroque Soloists perform and talk about their instruments, Monteverdi and L'Orfeo, and attended the opera’s dress rehearsal.

SPREAD Project
(Skills, Practice and Recruitment of European musicians and Audience Development of tomorrow)

In 2016 Monteverdi Choir and Orchestras participated in the SPREAD projectco-funded by the Creative Europe Programme, which aimed to establish a Europe-wide training network for young musicians, enabling them to pursue a professional career to the highest standard. The project was developed in partnership with the Mahler Academy (Bolzano, IT)Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra (Vienna, AU)Gezeitenkonzerte chamber music festival (Aurich, DE) and Ostfriesische Landschaft. 

In August 2016, six of our principal players coached Mahler Academy students on period instrument performance. Seven of these students were invited to audition for the Apprentices Programme and 4 were accepted onto the scheme. The SPREAD grant we received towards the Apprentices Programme has helped fund workshops and enabled the apprentices to join our Brahms | Beethoven | Schubert European tour in November 2016.


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