This broadcast is courtesy of Camera Lucida, ARTE and the Château de Versailles Spectacles.
Watch a brand new introduction to Bach’s Christ lag in Todesbanden from John Eliot Gardiner
Soprano soloists: Katy Hill, Emilia Morton, Emma Walshe, Miriam Allen
Alto soloist: Esther Brazil, Rory McCleery
Tenor soloists: Sean Clayton, Peter Harris, Ben Alden
Bass soloists: Rupert Reid, Alex Ashworth
With a brand new introduction from John Eliot Gardiner
Bach’s Christ lag in Todesbanden is his earliest surviving chorale cantata: a bold and innovative piece of musical drama, based on Martin Luther’s fiery hymn of the same name. Filmed live in 2014 inside the stunning Chapelle Royale of the Château de Versailles, this concert also features performances of Handel’s Dixit Dominus and Rameau’s In convertendo; all in all, three bombastic works that showcase the Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner at their ebullient best.
This concert will be available to watch for 8 weeks after broadcast.
How the COVID-19 Pandemic is Affecting the Monteverdi Choir & Orchestras
As you will be aware, the ever-evolving pandemic has caused concerts all over the world to be cancelled, and we too have already suffered several ‘force majeure’ cancellations; under these circumstances, financial obligations on both sides are nullified because the situation is beyond the control of either party. That means that no fee payments or insurance claims are applicable, so neither the MCO nor the self-employed musicians we engage are paid. The financial impact of these cancellations on our Charity and individual musicians is enormous.
What we are doing to Help Our Musicians
We are working hard to mitigate the consequences of these cancellations in any way we can, not only by striving to reschedule concerts and increasing our fundraising efforts but also by lobbying with public and private agencies on behalf of our musicians, keeping them informed of any alternative funding sources, helping them navigate new initiatives from government to access potential compensation, and supporting them until a time when any such subsidy might become available, or until live performances can resume. We are also exploring all avenues for alternative ways of providing work for them as professional musicians.
How You Can Help
The MCO receives no public funding and we rely greatly at all times on the generosity of our supporters to supplement income from live performances. With so much uncertainty around when live performances can resume, your donations are more crucial than ever. If you would like to help us support our wonderful musicians through this unprecedented crisis, please do so as generously as you wish: donations of any size are gratefully received. You can make a one-off donation via our website, or if you would like to find out about our various membership schemes, please click here.
From all at the Monteverdi Choir & Orchestras: THANK YOU!