Pinchgut Opera’s Vespers. Photograph © Lando Rossi


Monteverdi’s sublime work is given glorious voice by Pinchgut in an intimate arrangement.
Review by Deborah Jones.

The Amen of the Magnificatdied away, the rapt audience remained completely still and conductor Erin Helyard paused a moment before bowing. Not to us, but to the musicians and by association to Monteverdi. It was a profoundly moving gesture towards a marvellous group of singers and players who had given a performance that will live long in the memory – led, of course, by the protean Helyard.

Helyard presents the Vesperswith one voice to a part, entrusting the work to just eight singers and an instrumental ensemble of 14, including himself on chamber organ. It results in a transporting...