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Monteverdi String Band

The Monteverdi String Band is dedicated to celebrating the sound and style of the early violin consort, in both well-established repertoire and innovative new programmes. Our instruments are carefully chosen: they are modelled on originals from the early decades of the 17th century, rather than the 18th century, when developments which led the violin away from its origins as a consort instrument transformed its sound into something perhaps more brilliant but less rich and grounded. We relish the sound of pure gut strings in equal tension; this and the use of matching instruments brings a unique sound to the ensemble: as a recent critic wrote, “The MSB’s sound is quite unlike any that of any other ensemble I know that plays this music”.

We enjoy working with other like-minded ensembles in repertoire ranging from Monteverdi to Lully and Biber, with the occasional foray into the 18th century.

The challenge of creating new programmes is one we find richly rewarding and for which we are delighted to have earned a reputation. This began with The Madrigal Transformed, in which we interleave “modern” (17th century!) and ancient (16th century) madrigals with contemporary readings; other productions include Monteverdi's Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda, and Galileo, our first collaboration with playwright Clare Norburn, which premiered at BREMF in 2016.

This year has seen our first performance of Bach's B minor mass and a new incarnation of The Madrigal Transformed at the Korkyra Baroque Festival in Croatia, as well as a Biber extravaganza and more Vespers performances in the autumn.


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