“If there were a Nobel Prize for choirs, the Monteverdi Choir should be its laureate.” Le Monde
Founded for a performance at Cambridge University of Monteverdi's 1610 Vespers in 1964 by Sir John Eliot Gardiner, the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra quickly became internationally renowned for its performances and recordings of baroque music. With the subsequent creation as part of the same stable as the English Baroque Soloists in 1979 and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique in 1990, the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra became a leading influence in every area of the repertoire, from Monteverdi to Britten, winning numerous international awards.
Always a pioneering organisation, the Monteverdi Choir, with the English Baroque Soloists, attempted its most ambitious project to date in 2000: the extraordinary Bach Cantata Pilgrimage. To mark the 250th anniversary of the composer's death, the ensembles performed all 198 of Johann Sebastian Bach's surviving sacred cantatas in churches throughout Europe and in New York, as far as possible on or near each work's relevant Feast Day.
The Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra are resident at the Opéra Comique in Paris and received great reviews in the French press for their performance in Carmen, 2009, where many members of the choir also had solo singing and speaking parts.
Albion Media has worked with the Choir and Orchestra on its national profile, which has subsequently risen to an all-time high with regular coverage across all areas of the media.