Saturday 20 June 2020 - Sacred Heart Church, Wimbledon - 8 pm
Monteverdi Vespers of 1610
Academy Baroque Players
Charlotte La Thrope and Lottie Bowden, sopranos
Alastair Ross, organ
Matthew Best - conductor
Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610 is a towering masterpiece of the early Baroque - at once intimate and grand, prayerful and dramatic, exalted and sensual. This epic work offers up a dizzying array of textures and sonorities in brilliant instrumental writing, opulent choruses, and moving solo arias and duets. Sacred Heart church in Wimbledon with its cathedral-like acoustics and exciting possibilities for spatial effects, is the perfect venue for this centrepiece of our 40th anniversary year.
His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts is "the pre-eminent group of its kind" (Classic FM) whose members "combine to give rare pleasure" (BBC) and we are delighted to be bringing them to Wimbledon to perform a work for which they are rightly famous. HMSC's musicians will be joined by elements of our very own Academy Baroque Players (whose members are drawn from the country's leading baroque orchestras) to complete a very strong instrumental line-up.
Our vocal soloists have been chosen from among the front rank of the next generation of exponents of Baroque singing. Charlotte La Thrope's "poised, sweet and true" singing (The Telegraph) has made her a frequent soloist with the Monteverdi Choir. Lottie Bowden is a Britten-Pears Young Artist and 2019 Philip and Dorothy Green Young Artist who recently received the audience prize at the Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards (in which she placed second overall). Hugo Hymas is another frequent soloist with the Monteverdi Choir (and a number of other leading vocal ensembles) and a Rising Star of the Enlightenment with a very clear focus on Baroque repertoire. German tenor Kieran Carrell learned his craft from Christoph Prégardien and then at the RAM where he was a recipient of the Douglas Samuel & Birdie Matthews Award.
Tickets for this concert (priced from just £15 for adults and at only £5 for students and under 18s) are now on sale to members of our Friends scheme and will be on general sale from Saturday 11 April.
Please note the slightly later than usual start time for this concert.
Our fortieth anniversary season
2020 marks the fortieth anniversary of our formation and we will celebrate with three particularly special concerts to mark the occasion.
On 14 March we will be performing Handel's dramatic Saul with the Academy Baroque Players and soloists Christopher Purves, Sarah Tynan, Erica Eloff, James Hall and Guy Cutting
On 20 June we will be performing Monteverdi's wonderful Vespers of 1610 with His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts and soloists Charlotte la Thrope, Lottie Bowden, Hugo Hymas and Kieran Carrel
On 14 November we will perform Beethoven's Missa Solemnis alongside the London Mozart Players and soloists including Christine Rice, Toby Spence and Brindley Sherratt as part of the Wimbledon International Music Festival 2020
Given the scale of these concerts we are keen to hear from individuals and companies who might be interested in supporting particular elements of these wonderful events. Please do contact us if this might appeal to you!
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Further concert plans
As yet unscheduled concert plans include performances of Berlioz's L'Enfance du Christ, the completion of our cycle of the major Handel oratorios, motets by Bruckner and others, further great English choral anthems and a series of new commissions.