Please note: This concert is in the past and has already taken place.


Southwark Cathedral
London Bridge


Claudio MonteverdiVespers of 1610


Julia Doyle – soprano
Kirsty Hopkins – soprano
Benjamin Hulett – tenor
Nathan Vale – tenor
Robert Macdonald – bass
Robert Rice – Baritone
Richard Cooke – Conductor

Royal Choral Society
London Handel Orchestra

Programme Note

On Saturday 14th November 2015 the Royal Choral Society will perform Monteverdi’s magisterial Vespers in the hallowed surroundings of Southwark Cathedral, accompanied by the London Handel Orchestra and a stellar line up of soloists, conducted by Richard Cooke.

Based on traditional plainchant, Monteverdi’s Vespers – written in 1610 and possibly performed as an audition piece for the prestigious post of maestro di cappella at the Basilica of St Mark in Venice in August 1613 – is a monumental work designed to be performed by a choir able to tackle the complex intricacies of up to 10 vocal parts in some movements and split into separate choirs in others. The choir accompanies seven different solo parts during the course of the piece. In the beautiful gothic nave of Southwark Cathedral, with its wonderful acoustic, this will be an incredible evening of music making.

The Royal Choral Society with Conductor Richard Cooke

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