50th Anniversary of John Eliot Gardiner's Monteverdi Vespers in King's College Chapel, Cambridge, UK
Event Date: March 5, 2014
Posted: March 4, 2014
Location: England, United Kingdom
Choir type: Chamber Choirs and Vocal Ensembles
On March 5th 1964, a 20 year old Cambridge undergraduate, John Eliot Gardiner, gathered together professional soloists, student contemporaries, friends and fellow enthusiasts to put on a spectacular performance of his own new edition of the Monteverdi Vespers of 1610. I was fortunate enough to be one of JEG's contemporaries at King's and to take part in that unforgettable event. We were indeed the fledgling Monteverdi Choir which tomorrow, March 5th 2014, will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its foundation by repeating that performance in the same unique venue, conducted of course by the now Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
The performers will be the current Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot's hand picked soloists from the choir, the choristers of King's College - and a few of us old lags who can still croak out a few notes in the right places.
John Eliot is being extremely generous and tolerant in allowing us veterans to perform - albeit only at a few discreet and carefully chosen moments.
The whole event is being broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and will surely be available on IPlayer thereafter.
That performance 50 years ago has informed and inspired my own musicmaking ever since, and I am anxious to share it with you!
For more information you might like to read the following article in the Guardian Newspaper: