Danesborough Chorus, in Woburn Church Image: Danesborough Chorus

Your chance to hear Monteverdi’s ‘musical curriculum vitae’

Local choir, the Danesborough Chorus, aims high to a pinnacle of 17th century Italian music, Claudio Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, for its summer concert in St Mary’s Parish Church, Woburn, on Saturday 29 June, 7.30 pm.

This feast of Baroque vocal and instrumental styles was written as 13 separate pieces by 43-year-old Monteverdi reputedly seeking to show off everything he knew to a prospective employer.

His ‘musical curriculum vitae’ helped secure him the job as choirmaster at St Mark’s Basilica in Venice.

The multi-part choir and its conductor, Ian Smith, join forces with the period orchestra Fiori Musicali and an all-star line-up of soloists for this performance.

The drama and joyfulness of Monteverdi’s richly mercurial music will fill this resonant church setting. The Vespers of 1610 is not performed as often as it deserves, so don’t miss this opportunity!

The audience is encouraged to bring strawberries and wine so that they can enjoy in the church grounds during the longer-than-usual interval.

Tickets are £20 & £17 (centre, reserved); £10 (aisles, unreserved); under 18s £5 (all areas).

Phone 01908 583460 or write to Danesborough Tickets, 58 Church Road, Woburn Sands, Milton Keynes, MK17 8TA. Please give your name, address and phone number, state number and price(s) of tickets required, and enclose a stamped self-addressed envelope and a cheque to ‘Danesborough Chorus’.

Established in 1975, Danesborough Chorus performs three concerts/year in Woburn and Milton Keynes. The Choir’s repertoire covers classical music from all eras, including modern composers, such as Karl Jenkins and Will Todd.

Visit www.danesborough.org.uk to find out more.