Monteverdi 450 named Guardian's No. 1 Classical Show of 2017
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It has been announced today that Monteverdi 450 has been named The Guardian's Top Classical Show of 2017. We are absolutely delighted to receive this recognition as we come to the end of a fantastic year celebrating the 450th anniversary of Monteverdi's birth. 

Andrew Clements writes, 'What came through in Monteverdi’s scores was sometimes shatteringly vivid. When these earliest of all music-theatre masterpieces are presented as intelligently and faithfully as this, the subsequent three and a half centuries of operatic history become almost irrelevant. Monteverdi’s genius seems to have understood and exploited every possibility that the newly invented genre offered.'

Read the full article here

Monteverdi 450 Costume Auction - 12-17 December

This is your chance to own a piece of Monteverdi 450 history!

Throughout 2017, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, the English Baroque Soloists and the Monteverdi Choir embarked on a monumetal project touring Claudio Monteverdi's three surviving operas in celebration of the 450th anniversary of his birth. The Monteverdi 450 Trilogy Tour took audiences by storm commencing fittingly at Venice's Teatro La Fenice before travelling onwards to European festivals from Edinburgh to Salzburg and Lucerne before concluding in Chicago and New York. 

Part of what made this sensational tour so special were the beautiful costumes worn by the performers. These stylish costumes were commissioned to help us bring Monteverdi's unforgettable stories alive visually for our audiences, and now, to celebrate the conclusion of this spectacular project we will be selling these items, plus other treasured memorabilia from the tour, in an online auction through our eBay page between 12-17 December. 

This is an incredibly exciting opportunity offering you the chance to own an exclusive piece of Monteverdi magic, which will provide you with a priceless memory of Monteverdi 450.

Further information and photos will be available on each item once the auction goes live, however, if you have any questions regarding the online sale please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or call +44(0)20 7719 0120.

Please note the items will go live sometime between 6pm and 6.15pm, this is due to eBay site posting delays. We apologise if this causes inconvenience. 

Sale Catalogue: 
Howard Hodgkin Estate donates sale proceeds to MCO

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


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

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
Click here to VOTE NOW

Paris Monteverdi 450 Trilogy Performance Reviews
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 ★★★★ 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'
 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' 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'

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

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