The Monteverdi Singers are a chamber choir based near Bangor, Gwynedd, with members drawn from across North Wales and a proud history. We perform ‘classical’ music from the Renaissance to the present day to the best of our collective abilities!
Come and sing with us!
Rehearsals are usually held at Llandygai Church Hall, Llandygai, BANGOR, LL57 4HU – parking is available. Occasionally, if the hall is unavailable, we rehearse elsewhere in the local area.
We rehearse every Monday from 19:30 to 21:30, including a break for some (sometimes much-needed) caffeine.
Due to the current Covid 19 crisis our rehearsals and concerts are currently on hold until further notice. We hope that we'll be able to start rehearsals again in September 2020.
Come and listen to us!
We had several performances planned for summer 2020 which are now cancelled or postponed due to the 'virus shutdown'. We were going to make our traditional appearance at the Festival Service in Beaumaris at the end of May, and then at the beginning of June we had planned to join Cantorion Menai in their major performance of Elgar's Dream of Gerontius.
Our summer concert would have been in Conwy in July. We look forward to making new plans when the future is clearer!
Extra info ...
Interested in coming along and singing? Just leave us a message using our contact form. We’d love to see you at the next suitable rehearsal.
You don’t need to audition, but our conductor may at some stage arrange for you to sing through some scales with him and you do need to be able to read music fairly confidently – and enjoy making it with other people!
In order to fund our musical activities, we do have to ask for an annual subscription of £110 (the equivalent of around £3/rehearsal) – but this can be paid in instalments and is not required until you have made a decision to commit to the choir. Try before you buy!
The Monteverdi Singers are conducted by Graeme Cotterill, originally from Newport in South Wales, a former lecturer in music and student at Bangor University. His MPhil and PhD dissertations and associated musical editions established a place at the forefront of scholars of music in twentieth-century Wales, and enabled the first performances in more than forty years of Grace Williams’s Symphony No. 1 and Missa Cambrensis (both by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and broadcast on BBC Radio 3). An occasional bassoonist, terrible tenor and experienced accompanist, he has conducted performances of Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast, Vaughan Williams’s A Sea Symphony and Howells’s Hymnus Paradisi with Bangor University Symphony Orchestra and Chorus; and music by composers from Morales, Mozart and Mendelssohn through to McDowall and MacMillan with the Monteverdi Singers. Since 2012, he has worked as Fundraising Director for a local charity, North Wales Wildlife Trust, and desperately tries to fit music-making around being a father to Rhodri and Ianto.