A statement from Sir John Eliot Gardiner on the passing of Richard Fitzgerald

It is with great saddness that we announce the tragic loss of our Stage Manager, Richard Fitzgerald.

"We are all incredibly saddened by the death of Richard Fitzgerald after a cruelly rapid illness. Richard was one of the most consistently level-headed, collegial and decent human beings you could ever wish to encounter. As stage manager of the Monteverdi Choir and its twin orchestras for the past fifteen years Richard gave loyal and dedicated service, often under very trying and pressurised circumstances. To assist and enable musicians to give their best in performance or on tour Richard surmounted all the really tough physical and psychological demands of the job magnificently, always with good grace, tolerance and exemplary professionalism. None of us can thank him enough for that. Richard will be sorely missed and we send our heartfelt condolences to his widow Helen.” - Sir John Eliot Gardiner

Vivienne Westwood Ltd designs for Monteverdi Choir
Vivienne Westwood Andreas Kronthaler Monteverdi Choir Wrap jackets

We are delighted to announce that Dame Vivienne Westwood and Andreas Kronthaler have designed new jackets for the ladies of the Monteverdi Choir to wear at future performances. The Wrap jacket design was developed by the Vivienne Westwood couture team for the Monteverdi Choir, and was developed especially for comfort and elegance. 

Vivienne Westwood has a longstanding history of celebrating the fusion between tradition and modernity, including dressing performers and cross-arts collaborations. She and her husband, Andreas Kronthaler have brought this experience to bear in their designs for the Choir ladies, alongside their love of the Monteverdi Choir & Orchestras performance.

“For us their music-making is different, the sound is brighter and clearer, the music lifts you. It’s bliss to hear them, a tremendous experience.” - Vivienne Westwood

Listen to BBC Radio 4, Today programme interview Vivienne Westwood and Andreas Kronthaler about the Wrap jacket and their love of classical music. 
Gramophone Preview 2016-17 Season
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We are thrilled to one of Gramophone's featured ensembles for the 2016-17 season! The guide contains the “best live classical music events and opera productions from across the UK, Europe and North America.”

"The Monteverdi Choir and Orchestras celebrate Monteverdi's 450th anniversary with an international tour featuring concert performances of all three of his surviving operas: Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, L’incoronazione di Poppea and L’Orfeo, with Bristol’s Colston Hall hosting the UK premiere of this full trilogy. The season will also include performances of his Vespers & Madrigals”

The comprehensive guide can be found in the September 2016 edition of Gramophone.
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
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