Just in: Bach man makes comeback after nearly 50 years

Just in: Bach man makes comeback after nearly 50 years


norman lebrecht

March 25, 2015

What took him so long?

Press release:



Sir John Eliot Gardiner returns to Wigmore Hall for first time since professional debut there in 1966



4 May 2015

Wigmore Hall, London



Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the Monteverdi Choir make a long-awaited return to London’s Wigmore Hall this May, almost 50 years since he and his newly-formed choir first performed there in 1966. They are joined this time by English Baroque Soloists, formed by Sir John Eliot in 1978, for a programme of Monteverdi, Schubert and Brahms with tenors Krystian Adam and Peter Davoren and soprano Francesca Aspromonte.


The already sold-out performance in London’s premiere chamber music venue is their first UK performance of 2015 in the very venue in which Sir John Eliot Gardiner made his professional conducting debut whilst still an undergraduate at Cambridge University. The programme is repeated in Versailles two days later.


Sir John Eliot Gardiner said:

‘As the hall that saw the London debut of the Monteverdi Choir, I am thrilled to be returning to Wigmore Hall after so many years. Wigmore Hall has firmly established itself as one of the country’s most iconic and atmospheric concert halls, and I am pleased they are welcoming us back with such open arms.’


  • Doug says:

    A mere publicity stunt to get attention. It obviously works.

  • Will says:

    That is a rather bitter and mealy-mouthed comment.
    Sir John Eliot is a genius.

  • Peter Freeman says:

    Well said, Will! He is also a real English gentleman.

  • MWnyc says:

    Is there really room for all those musicians on the Wigmore Hall stage?