Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Founder and Artistic Director of the Monteverdi ensembles, to conduct three concerts in first season at St Martin-in-the-Fields.

St Martin-in-the-Fields today announce that it will be the London Home of the Monteverdi Choir & Orchestras. This marks the first time that the three ensembles – the Monteverdi ChoirEnglish Baroque Soloists and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique – will have a home in the UK capital.

The magnificent acoustic and central London location makes St Martin-in-the-Fields the ideal venue for the world-renowned Monteverdi ensembles. St Martin-in-the-Fields will present three concerts with Gardiner and his musicians this season, starting with a performance of Berlioz’s beautiful Christmas oratorio L’enfance du Christ, 11 December, with soloists Ann HallenbergLionel Lhote and William Thomas.

Members of the Monteverdi Apprentices Programme will be given performance opportunities during the season and the organisation will make use of the building’s facilities to host a range of events and workshops.

Chris Denton, Chief Executive, St Martin-in-the-Fields, commented:

“St Martin-in-the-Fields is the ideal venue for historically-inspired performance and choral music, and is, therefore, delighted to welcome the Monteverdi Choir & Orchestras, a truly great body of musicians lead by their visionary founder John Eliot Gardiner. We look forward to many great performances to come, and to welcoming their Apprentices.”

Dr Rosa Solinas, General Director & Chief Executive, MCO, commented:

“We are thankful to have been invited by St Martin-in-the-Fields to play a major role in their ambitious new venture. There is great synergy between our two organisations and – after many years of searching – we are thrilled to have a beautiful home in London from which to engage with our beloved audiences and supporters, and make meaningful and lasting connections with the next generation of musicians.”

John Eliot Gardiner and MCO’s other two concerts this season are a programme of Haydn and Mozart, 23 April 2022, and a performance of works by Bach, Schütz and Schein on 16 June 2022.

In addition to its partnership with the Monteverdi ensembles, St Martin-in-the-Fields has also unveiled its Christmas programme which is opened by The King’s Singers performing a collection of festive favourites from around the world combined with lesser-known gems, 30 November. Other highlights include Stile Antico performing A Renaissance Christmas, 3 December; two performances of Handel’s Messiah, the first with The Sixteen and Harry Christophers, 7 December, and the other with Academy of St Martin in the Fields and Andrew Earis, 16 December.

Tickets for the Christmas concerts are on sale via the St Martin-in-the-Fields website www.smitf.org