Monteverdi Vespers of 1610

Saturday 18th June 2011 at 7.45pm
Clifton Cathedral, Bristol BS8 3BX

City of Bristol Choir
His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts

A spectacular finish to City of Bristol Choir's anniversary season with a performance of Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610 in a collaboration with virtuosic early music ensemble His Majesty's Sagbutts and Cornetts. The group has a worldwide reputation and its performance of the work was one of the highlights of the 2010 BBC Proms season. With performers arranged around the Cathedral echoing the galleries and balconies of St Mark's Venice this unique piece wonderfully combines the glories of the Renaissance with the opulence of the Baroque.

His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts

His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts was founded in 1982. The group's illustrious-sounding name is taken from Matthew Locke's 'five-part tthings for His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts' that were probably played during the coronation celebrations for King Charles II in 1661. It is a recital group comprising two cornetts, three sackbutts and chamber organ / harpsichord, the ensemble is frequently asked to take part in projects with choirs: Sir John Eliot Gardiner's Monteverdi Choir, the BBC Singers, Ex Cathedra, the choirs of Trinity, King's and St John's Colleges, Cambridge, as well as those of Westminster Abbey, St Paul's and Westminster Cathedrals, London.

Activities over the group's twenty-five year history have been diverse, ranging from sound and vision recordings for the BBC comedy The Two Ronnies, to appearances in the Salzburg Festival, St. Mark's, Venice, and the Sydney Opera House.


• £20 (£18 concessions, £5 under 18s) available from:

• City of Bristol Choir ticket line: 0117 950 7055 (card payments accepted)
• Providence Music shop telephone 0117 927 6536
• In person at Providence Music shop at 1 St George's Road, College Green, Bristol from 9am to 5.30pm Monday to Saturday.

Watch His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts performing parts of the Monteverdi Vespers at the BBC Proms

Clifton Cathedral, Bristol

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From the M4
Exit at J19, taking the M32 into Bristol. Stay on the M32 until the end (Newfoundland Street), keeping in the 2nd lane from the right.

At the traffic lights follow the road right into Bond Street and move into the middle lane (next to the bus lane).

Take 1st exit from roundabout (Debenhams and House of Fraser will be on your left) and follow the main road until you get to Colston Avenue/City Centre. Once on the centre, get into the right lane, following signs to Park Street. You will pass the Hippodrome on your right.

Go up the short hill (the Marriott Royal Hotel, College Green and Bristol Cathedral will be on your left), and up Park Street (steep hill, with shops either side). At the top, go straight on and get into the right hand lane. Go straight on through one set of traffic lights then follow the road round to the right, getting into the left hand lane as you do so. Follow the road, bearing left through another set of traffic lights. Stay in the left hand lane and bear left in front of the large building with fountains in front of it (Victoria Rooms). At the double mini-roundabouts, go straight over the first and turn right at the second into Pembroke Road. The Cathedral is on the left hand side just after a zebra crossing. Turn left for the car park.

From the M5
If travelling from the North, take the M4 from the interchange, and come into Bristol on the M32 as above.

If travelling from the South, come off at Gordano Services, following signs to Clifton/Bristol.

As you near the city, take the left turning via the Clifton Suspension Bridge (You will need 50p in silver coins). Once over the bridge, turn right at the first mini-roundabout, and take the left turning after Tesco Express (Merchant Road). Follow the road to another mini roundabout and turn left into Pembroke Road. The Cathedral is on the left hand side just after a zebra crossing. Turn left for the car park.