Win Tickets for St Matthew Passion
The correct answer, as many of you guessed, was Dietrich Buxtehude. We have now selected a winner, who has been notified. Thanks to all those who entered the competition. 

We're delighted to be able to offer our Facebook and Twitter followers the chance to win a pair of top price tickets for our performance of St Matthew Passion at the Edinburgh International Festival on Saturday 13th August 2016 at 7:30pm in the Usher Hall. To enter, please follow us on Facebook or Twitter and answer the question we'll be posting there from Monday 11th July to Friday 15th. The competition closes for entries at 5pm on Friday 15th July. Please note, we will contact the winner by Facebook private message or Twitter direct message, so you must be following us for a chance to win. Best of luck!

Competition Terms and Conditions

The promoter is: The Monteverdi Choir and Orchestras Limited (company no. 01277513) whose registered office is at Level 9 – 25 Cabot Square, London E14 4QA.

The competition is open to residents of the United Kingdom aged 18 years or over except employees of The Monteverdi Choir and Orchestras Limited and their close relatives and anyone otherwise connected with the organisation or judging of the competition.

There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.

By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.

Route to entry for the competition and details of how to enter are via and

Only one entry will be accepted per person. Multiple entries from the same person will be disqualified.

The competition will open at 9am on Monday 11th July 2016 and no entries will be accepted before this time. Closing date for entry will be Friday 15th July 2016 at 5pm. After this date the no further entries to the competition will be permitted.

No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.

The rules of the competition and how to enter are as follows:
On Twitter: Provide the full name of the composer and of the work shown in the competition image in a tweet, tagging @mco_london and using #MattPassion16
On Facebook: Provide the full name of the composer and of the work shown in the competition image in a comment on the competition post

The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice in the event of a catastrophe, war, civil or military disturbance, act of God or any actual or anticipated breach of any applicable law or regulation or any other event outside of the promoter’s control. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the promoter.

The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.

The prize is as follows: 2 top price tickets for J.S. Bach, St Matthew Passion performance at the Edinburgh International Festival on Saturday 13th August 2016 The prize is as stated and no cash or other alternatives will be offered. The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.

Winners will be chosen at random by software, from all entries received and verified by Promoter and or its agents.

The winner will be notified by DM on Twitter/Facebook within 7 days of the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted or do not claim the prize within 7 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.

The promoter will notify the winner when and where the prize can be collected / is delivered.

The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.

The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by English law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England.

The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material, as well as their entry. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current UK data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.

The winner’s name will be available 28 days after closing date by emailing the following address: info[@]

Entry into the competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions.

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter, any other Social Network or the Edinburgh International Festival. You are providing your information to The Monteverdi Choir and Orchestras Limited and not to any other party. The information provided will be used in conjunction with the following Privacy Policy found at

The entrant must either be following @mco_london on Twitter or on Facebook in order to enter.

The Monteverdi Choir and Orchestras Limited shall have the right, at its sole discretion and at any time, to change or modify these terms and conditions, such change shall be effective immediately upon posting to this webpage.

The Monteverdi Choir and Orchestras Limited also reserves the right to cancel the competition if circumstances arise outside of its control.

Monteverdi Apprentices 2016-17 launched
We are delighted to announce that applications are open for the 2016-17 Monteverdi Apprentices Programme. Since the programme's inception in 2007 we are proud to have supported 58 young musicians as they make the transition from conservatoire to their professional careers.

This year we will be offering up to 8 young instrumentalists an introduction to the musical tradition of the Monteverdi ensembles and the working practices of Sir John Eliot Gardiner. Throughout the twelve-months of the scheme, the selected Apprentices will take part in English Baroque Soloists and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique projects, as well as additional mentoring and coaching sessions with the Monteverdi musical staff, providing an introduction to the highest level of period instrument performance available in the UK and internationally.

Former Apprentices have said:

“As an Apprentice I had the opportunity to take part in a number of exhilarating orchestral projects, with repertoire ranging from Bach to Debussy. However, what I found most invaluable was the individual attention we received through extensive coaching with John Eliot and the Monteverdi leaders. I feel it has been a key experience in my musical development.”
Beatrice Scaldini, Apprentice 2012-13, violin

“The best element for me about the Scheme was being a solid part of both EBS and ORR for each and every project. As an Apprentice, I never felt like I was secondary to the other players or treated any differently. It was wonderful being a part of an ensemble where your presence counts and you are able to contribute something worthwhile. Each time I joined the section, I was generously welcomed in by the other players. It was such a pleasure working with such dedicated and honest musicians, who each bought such an individual flavour to the ensemble.”
Davina Clarke, Apprentice 2012-13, violin

“I was delighted to discover over the year that the Apprenticeship scheme covers so many varied approaches to performance - as well as ensemble work, there were plenty of opportunities to work on solo repertoire and in smaller groups. Our time rehearsing in Dorset was particularly rewarding for this. Working so closely with John Eliot has been inspirational; his guidance and teaching has been invaluable, and he has been supportive of my personal musical interests.”
Rebecca Hardwick, Apprentice 2014-15

“Being part of the apprenticeship has been an invaluable experience. It has helped me to improve both as a musician and as a performer. My confidence has developed significantly and I feel as if I am gradually finding my identity as a musician. Working with John Eliot and such inspiring musicians helped me form a strong work ethic and gave an insight into how the profession works."
Angharad Rowlands, Apprentice 2014-15

St. Matthew Passion tour highlights: Part 2
John Eliot Gardiner with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and the Berlin Philharmonic

John Eliot Gardiner continues his guest conducting engagements in 2016 spending two weeks in May and June with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and Berlin Philharmonic. 

On 12-13 May, Gardiner conducted the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra in a programme of Brahms, Mendelssohn and Schumann, with renowned soloists Isabelle Faust and Kristian Bezuidenhout. 

"Kaum ein anderer Dirigent hat sich so viele Verdienste um Schumanns Sinfonik erworben wie John Eliot Gardiner. Er hat nie versucht, ihn zu verbessern, um zu zeigen, was er gemeint haben könnte. Gardiner hat sich immer bemüht, die Töne hörbar zu machen, die Schumann aufschrieb."
Peter Korfmacher, Leipziger Volkzeitung 

John Eliot Gardiner returns to Leipzig with the Monteverdi Choir in September to perform Mendelssohn's "Lobgesang" with the Gewandhaus Orchestra. We also look forward to welcoming Kristian Bezuidenhout to join the ORR tour of Brahms, Beethoven and Schubert in November. 

From 2-4 June, Gardiner led the Berlin Philharmonic in performances of Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex and Apollon Musagete. Described by the Berliner Zeitung as:

A “spectacularly perfect performance” of Stravinsky’s operatic oratorio Oedipus Rex, which also proved how “with a conductor whose roots lie in the interpretation of early music, Stravinsky’s neoclassicism is in very good hands”.

Philipp Kohl, Berliner Zeitung

"Als ein Pionier historischer Aufführungspraxis betont er das Alte wie das Neue in der Partitur, das 20. Jahrhundert vor allem in Temponuancierung und Dynamik bis in das feine Violinsolo von Andreas Buschatz."

Sybill Mahlke, Tagesspiegel

If you would like to watch John Eliot Gardiner's appearance with the Berlin Philharmonic, it is available online from the Digital Concert Hall.

Watch Beethoven's 5th at St John Smith Square
This weekend the BBC will be broadcasting two programmes about Beethoven's 5th Symphony featuring Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique.

On Saturday 28th there will be a documentary on the work presented by John Eliot Gardiner with Ian Hislop on BBC 2 at 9pm and the ORR's performance will be broadcast the following day on BBC 4 at 7pm. The programmes will be available to watch on BBC iPlayer for 28 days after each broadcast.

The traditional wisdom is that in his 5th Symphony, Beethoven is railing against fate and his deafness. But John Eliot Gardiner believes the music expresses Beethoven's belief in the French Revolution. This is turbulent music from a turbulent man living in a turbulent age. John Eliot Gardiner and Ian Hislop bring to life the exciting and dangerous times that shaped Beethoven personally and creatively.

Launching Monteverdi 450

Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore Venice


In preparation for our ambitious international tour for Monteverdi’s 450th anniversary, we conducted a series of workshops under the auspices of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice the Accademia Monteverdiana. The week of study and exploration culminated in a final showcase concert to launch our 2017 tour: Monteverdi 450. 

Oliver Condy, Editor of BBC Music Magazine visits us during a rehearsal of Monteverdi's Hor che'l ciel e la terra (Book VIII of the Madrigals, text from Petrarch's Canzoniere):

"It's an extraordinary sonnet, full of natural rhythm and linguistic contrasts, which Monteverdi feeds off in his inimitably colourful and dramatic fashion: sighing falls, harmonic clashes, breathtaking vocal scales… Gardiner encourages his singers to dig deep into their colour palette to reveal Monteverdi's astonishing inventiveness."

Carlo Emilio Tortado, writing on the Accademia's final showcase for TeatriOnline:

"After an intensive five day workshop in preparation for the three fully surviving works of Monteverdi (L'Orfeo, Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria, L'incoronazione di Poppea), the audience was given a insightful preview of the content, almost like a look behind the curtains." 
(Translated from Italian)

Paolo Petazzi, reviews the final showcase for Classic Voice★★★★★

"One clearly senses, already at this stage, the search for an intense and direct expressiveness, one that is historically grounded but alien to certain distinctive styles preferred by other interpreters. [...] All in all an exquisite taste of what we will be hearing in June next year." (Translated from Italian)

BBC Music Magazine: Monteverdi's 450th Anniversary Marked by Opera Tour
"Under their conductor John Eliot Gardiner,the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists orchestra have announced plans to celebrate the 450th anniversary of Claudio Monteverdi’s birth with a worldwide tour of his three surviving operas..."

Classical Music Magazine: Monteverdi Choir & Orchestra Announce plans to Mark Monteverdi's 450th Anniversary
"The Monteverdi Choir & Orchestras will tour Monteverdi’s three surviving operas to mark the composer’s 450th anniversary in 2017..."

Classical Source: The Monteverdi Choir and Orchestras announce an international tour of Claudio Monteverdi's surviving operas to mark his 450th anniversary in 2017
"On 30 April at the Accademia Monteverdiana in Venice's beautiful Fondazione Giorgio Cini, the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestras with Sir John Eliot Gardiner announced their plans for Monteverdi's 450th anniversary in 2017..."

Broadway World: John Eliot Gardiner Celebrates Monteverdi's 450th Anniversary
"Next year marks the 450th anniversary of the Venetian master's birth, and to celebrate this musical milestone, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, the Monteverdi Choir, and the English Baroque Soloists have announced an ambitious international tour..."

Platea Magazine: Gardiner Avanza los Dettales su Gira de 2017 Para Conmemorar el 450 Anniversario de Monteverdi
"Tras una semana de trabajo en la sede de la Fondazione Cini en la isla de San Giorgio, en Venecia, Sir John Eliot Gardiner y su Monteverdi Choir and Orchestras presentaban el pasado sábado 30 de abril su gira de conciertos para 2017, en conmemoración del 450 aniversario de Claudio Monteverdi..."

Monteverdi TuscanyWith grateful thanks to Monteverdi Tuscany Hotel/Villas/Dining/Spa/Arts, the principal sponsor of the Accademia Monteverdiana 2016. 

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