50 years ago to the day...

5th March 2014
Photograph: Chris Christodoulou

50 years ago to the day, a 20 year-old history, Arabic and medieval Spanish student at King’s College, Cambridge, lit a rocket under the musical establishment, and he’s spent the last half-century continuing to shock and awe, agitate and enlighten, entertain and energise audiences and performers all over the world - but mostly, and most importantly, in the UK ever since. It was on 5 March 1964 that John Eliot Gardiner conducted Monteverdi’s Vespers in the Chapel of King’s College, and musical culture has never been the same since…”

Read more from the Guardian report, here.