8 Feb 2024
JOINT STATEMENT ISSUED BY THE MONTEVERDI CHOIR AND ORCHESTRAS AND SIR JOHN ELIOT GARDINER
THE MONTEVERDI CHOIR AND ORCHESTRAS ANNOUNCE CONDUCTORS FOR THE COMING SEASON
The Monteverdi Choir and Orchestras confirms:
“We are pleased to announce that the forthcoming tour of Handel’s Israel in Egypt with the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists will be conducted by Peter Whelan. We are also delighted to announce the return of our Associate Conductor Dinis Sousa to conduct the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique and the Monteverdi Choir for the May 2024 Beethoven Symphonies in London and Paris.
In an agreement between the board and management of the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestras and Sir John Eliot Gardiner, we can confirm that John Eliot has decided to extend his time away from public music-making, and it is our shared aim that he will be in a position to return to conduct the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestras later in the year.
It is a deserved tribute to John Eliot’s lifetime’s work that the Monteverdi Choir were last week awarded Best Choir at the Oper! Awards 2024.’’
Sir John Eliot Gardiner said:
“As announced by the board and management of the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestras today, I am extending my time away from public music-making until later in the year in the wake of last August’s incident - something for which I have accepted full responsibility and profoundly regret.
In the meantime, I am proud of the members of the three Monteverdi ensembles and management for bringing to fruition the concerts that were planned between August and now, and I wish to thank Peter Whelan and Dinis Sousa for taking over the forthcoming projects which mark the start of a year celebrating the Choir’s 60th birthday.
I would like to thank the Monteverdi family for their strenuous efforts, and I am confident they will continue to deliver their projects at an exceptional standard over the next few months, bringing delight and solace to audiences here and abroad at a time when the world situation requires this more and more.”