Monteverdi’s Vespers

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.

Tickets £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.

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