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Being one of the of the Monteverdi Ensembles, which consists of of the Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloist and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, the Monteverdi Choir is frequently praised for being one of the best choirs in the world. Founded by the renowned music director, John Eliot Gardiner in 1964, the choir is based in the United Kingdom. The Monteverdi Choir frequently emerges in remarkable synergy with Gardiner’s aforementioned other two ensembles. The choir is recognised for its ability to switch composer, language and parlance with eloquent conviction. Their recordings have won numerous prizes and awards.
With the Monteverdi’s Apprenticeship Programme, the choir became a training ground for the younger generation of aspiring talented choral and solo singers. This frequently results in them singing the choir’s solo parts and occasionally even placing them on a path to their own solo career.
With over 150 recordings to its name, some of which involved revolutionary tours, the most noted is the Bach Cantata Pilgrimage in 2000. To celebrate the 250th anniversary of Bach’s passing, the choir performed and recorded 196 of his cherished cantatas in over 60 countries across Europe. Gramophone Magazine declared it as being ‘one of the most ambitious musical projects of all time’.
The Monteverdi Choir recently recorded several tours from Beethoven's Missa Solemnis with the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique to a Bach marathon at the Royal Albert Hall for a duration of 9 hours. Under direction of Sir John Eliot Gardiner, the choir cooperated onSchumann's Manfred with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra andStravinsky's Oedipus Rex with the London Symphony Orchestra.