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Howard Hodgkin Estate donates sale proceeds to MCO
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We are delighted to announce that MCO are the grateful beneficiaries of the sale of a painting in the Sotheby’s Howard Hodgkin: Portrait of the Artist auction which took place in London on 24th October. The painting - 'Travelling' - is pictured above. 

We would like to express our deepest gratitude to the Howard Hodgkin estate for this very generous donation and display of support. This valuable contribution will assist us in achieving our future ambitions and continue in sharing our music-making with global audiences.

 
In memory of Kevin Lavery

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It is with great sadness that we report the passing of our dear friend and supporter Kevin Lavery – who died peacefully in hospital on Sunday 22 October.

Kevin loved music and was a devoted supporter of Monteverdi Choir & Orchestras and our record label SDG, generously giving much of his time and energy to further our projects and music-making. He will be profoundly missed.

We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to his family and loved ones at this sad time.

'In so many ways Kevin Lavery was the model director of a musical charity such as ours: a tremendous lover of music, an indefatigable and generous supporter of the Monteverdi Choir and its twin orchestras, and a wise counsel on matters of business. As a director of our record label SDG over many years he singlehandedly set up our royalty payment systems with incredible precision, working countless hours pro bono. His enthusiasm for each new artistic venture was palpable and heartening, and I shall treasure his written impressions and assessments of the concerts he attended both here and abroad. He was the most delightful company and we shall miss him sorely.'

John Eliot Gardiner

 
Music Teacher Awards for Excellence Finalists
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We are delighted that together with Bristol Plays Music, we have been nominated for Best Classical Music Education Initiative as part of Rhinegold Music and Drama Expo's Music Teacher Awards for Excellence!

As part of our commitment to education and outreach, earlier this year, in conjunction with our #Monteverdi450 Trilogy performances at Colston Hall, we joined forces with music education hub Bristol Plays Music to give local school children and members of Bristol Youth Choir a series of workshops on Claudio Monteverdi.

With the award sponsored by Classic FM, you are able to vote to help us achieve this wonderful award - more information of how to do so will follow soon!

To see a full list of awards and nominations please click here

 
Paris Monteverdi 450 Trilogy Performance Reviews
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Bachtrack
 ★★★★ by Maeva Da Cruz  

'The harmonic and rhythmic audacities of this complex score...seem familiar to the English Baroque Soloists orchestra, which shows remarkable ease by deploying so many colors in the performance'

ConcertClassic.com
 by Michel Le Naour 

'[Sir John Eliot Gardiner's] training of the English Baroque Soloists assisted by the Monteverdi Choir offers an interpretation of all beauty where instrumental perfection disputes with grace'

Concerto.net by Olivier Brunel

'[Sir John Eliot Gardiner's] leadership at the head of the superb English Baroque Soloistsis is musical perfection itself' 

Olyrix by Frédérique Epin

'The magnificent sonority of the ensemble of old instruments, the roundness of the violins and the velvety flutes and the variety of timbres and phrasings are in perfect match with the supple and precise gesture of the leader'

Olyrix
 by Charles Arden
'The instrumental ensemble, opulent wonder of refinement, makes the meadows flourish under the footsteps of lovers together'

 
Monteverdi 450 at the V&A - 15 DEC
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Following the Monteverdi Choir & Orchestras' triumphant international Monteverdi 450 tour it has just been announced that a final concert will take place in the Raphael Cartoons Gallery at the Victoria & Albert Museum on Friday 15 December.

Sir John Eliot Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists, Monteverdi Choir and a cast of international soloists will perform highlights from this hugely successful tour as part of the V&A’s Opera: Passion, Power and Politics exhibition.

This final performance will take place as part of the 'V&A's Lates' programme on 15 December. More details on how to book your tickets will become available over the next few weeks.  

MONTEVERDI 450 at the V&A on Friday 15 December 2017
Concert to include highlights from the Monteverdi Trilogy: L’Orfeo, Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, L’incoronazione di Poppea and other Monteverdi favourites.

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Sir John Eliot Gardiner -  conductor

Soloists: Francesca Boncompagni, Silvia Frigato, Francesca Biliotti, Reginald Mobley, Marianna Pizzolato, Carlo Vistoli, Francisco Fernández-Rueda, Gareth Treseder, Robert Burt, Furio Zanasi, Krystian Adam
 
Two MCO London Events Announced
In conclusion of a very successful year with our Monteverdi 450 anniversary celebrations across Europe and US. we are thrilled to announce two very special London events in November and December.

MONTEVERDI APPRENTICES FINAL CONCERT

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At 6pm on Sunday 26 November, the 2016-17 Monteverdi Apprentices will mark the end of their current association with us in their final concert, taking place at The Warehouse, Waterloo. Led by mentors from our orchestras, this intimate chamber recital will include music by Bach, Brahms, Mendelssohn and Schubert and promises to be a fitting send-off to the eight young musicians whose artistic development we have nurtured over the previous twelve months. The 90-minute performance will be followed by a drinks reception at 7.30pm.

Click here to watch a short video about the Monteverdi Apprentices Programme:
Click here to find out more about the Monteverdi Apprentices Programme

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ORCHESTRE RÉVOLUTIONNAIRE ET ROMANTIQUE STRING WORKSHOPS
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On Friday 1 December at Morley College, the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner, will present a short private performance of three seminal string quartets by Schubert, Ravel and Webern, arranged for full string orchestra. Due to the all-encompassing nature of the Monteverdi 450 project, this will be the only chance to hear the ORR outside of their memorable appearance at the BBC Proms this calendar year, and is also a unique opportunity to enjoy a triptych of rarely-performed works delivered with the renowned authenticity associated with Monteverdi Choir & Orchestras.

Augmented by the Monteverdi Apprentices, who will be joining the ORR for the very last time, all three pieces will be studiously workshopped over the preceding two days under the watchful baton of Sir John Eliot Gardiner: the final performance promises to be a dizzying exploration of the possibilities of string repertoire of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

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