Project information

The Monteverdi Apprenticeship Programme

Help us to continue to offer our apprenticeship programme in The Christmas Challenge. Lasting one year, we offer the most promising young musicians a direct experience with almost half a century long musical tradition of the Monteverdi ensembles and the working practices of Sir John Eliot Gardiner.

March 2014 - March 2015

Charity information

Monteverdi Choir & Orchestras Ltd

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  • Need


    The Monteverdi Apprenticeship Programme was set up in 2007 to address the problems faced by talented young singers attempting to embark on a professional career. It recognises their financial hardship during the first years of building a career and obstacles facing them high competiveness in the musical field. It also addresses the problem of limited opportunities available to improve technical skills, getting professional advice and exposure to performances at the highest international level.


    Our musicians have the rare experience to make music at a world-class level with a multi-national group of seasoned colleagues. This leaves them exceptionally well-equipped to carry on performing and teaching at the highest level and to build international professional careers. We provide individual mentoring to each of the apprentices by our professionals, personal musical tuition from Sir John Eliot Gardiner, as well as specialised training in historically informed performance practice.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To give young musicians direct experience of the musical tradition of the Monteverdi ensembles.


    » Apprentices will be offered pre-project coaching, participation in all rehearsals and concert tours alongside professional members of the ensembles.
    » They will receive one-to-one technical and stylistic coaching with specially selected mentors.
    » They will participate in a week-long intensive masterclass with Sir John Eliot Gardiner, mentors and other professional musicians.
    » They will learn to share enthusiasm for classical music with those who have had no experience of it, by participating in our educational projects.

    As graduates they move into teaching roles, they pass on the knowledge and experience they have gained with us to other young musicians who in turn embark on musical their careers.

    Aim 2

    Provide excellent preparation for a professional performing career.


    » Learning to balance judgement and creativity with a practical approach.
    » The experience of collaboration in a team of multi-national professionals.
    » Learning at a developing stage of musicianship about the exacting demands and working practices at an international level.

    After completing their training 95% of our apprentices regularly perform with us and other professional ensembles.

  • Impact


    Today’s music school graduates enter the world with a knowledge of the skills to perform their chosen instrument, but often lacking tools required to succeed in the greater world. Our program addresses this gap providing them means to navigate the world and collaborate effectively with colleagues and other professionals in the field.


    - Personal factors: participants unable to attend due to illness or other obstacles.
    -Economic factors: withdrawn or insufficient third party financial support.


    All donors will receive prompt acknowledgement of their gift, an evaluation statement of activities and project expenditure created at the end of the project and accompanied by annual reports written by the project participants.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £67,500

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      Amount Heading Description
      £13,500 Admin Administration & Contingency, Fundraising and Sundry
      £18,000 Training Mentorship, auditions, projects coaching, sessions with JEG, one week workshop
      £36,000 Project Rehearsals & concession fees,per diems, travel, accomodation
  • Background


    MCO Ltd has a long tradition of performing all over the world. Our project welcomes participants from the UK, but it also creates an opportunity for young musicians to take part from all the continents. The project will take place in several European cities, where musical tradition is particularly evident.


    Professional ensembles in the UK are constantly looking for new generation of period instrumentalists and singers who have experience in performing at a high standard. The scheme will benefit the industry as a whole by developing a pool of young musicians with specialist expertise, as well as providing the Monteverdi ensembles with an opportunity to continue to form a legacy of its unique style of music-making.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Since the foundation of the Choir in 1964, work of the Monteverdi ensembles has been characterized by a drive for artistic excellence and an ability to communicate the passion of music to audiences of all ages. This principle allows us to offer the apprentices with a unique experience in music making at a world-class level and provides them exceptional skills to perform and teach at the highest level. It will enable them to continue their chosen careers with confidence of future success.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Sir John Eliot Gardiner - Artistic Director & Founder

    Acknowledged as a key figure in the early music revival, he is the director of the ensembes and has the main coaching role in the project.

    Caroline Smith

    Caroline is the Head of Development for the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra and is available to answer your questions on supporting this program.

Las Canals week 2010

Las Canals week 2010


will pay for one-to-one coaching session

I still cannot believe the amount of time, attention and personal tuition that John Eliot gave so freely to us during our time in Las Canals.

Edwina Cordingley (cello Apprentice 2009/10)