Wednesday 12 October 2016

Purcell - The Fairy Queen

A magical start to the AAM 2016-17 season

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Tuesday 11 October 2016

Stolen Instruments appeal - can you help?

Can you help with our appeal to recover some stolen property?

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Friday 30 September 2016

New release on AAM Records

Our new recording of music by Venetian composer Dario Castello is released today!

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Wednesday 17 August 2016

Gramophone 2016-17 Season Preview

We are delighted to be featured as one of Gramophone’s must-see ensembles in their 2016-17 Season Preview.

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Wednesday 01 June 2016

The Bach Family

Johann Sebastian Bach had 20 children in his lifetime, four of whom became composers. These lesser-known sons of Bach, some of whom were once more popular than their father, feature in at London’s Barbican Hall on Saturday 18th June. Find out more about this exceptional musical family on the next page.

Book online for The Bach Family here.

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Monday 16 May 2016

2016-17 season brochures!

We're delighted to announce the publication of our 2016-17 London and Cambridge season brochures.

Click the links below to download full programme and booking details for all of the AAM's 2016-17 concerts at London's Barbican Hall, Milton Court Concert Hall and Cambridge's West Road Concert Hall.

2016-17 London season brochure

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2016-17 Cambridge season brochure

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Thursday 14 April 2016

BBC Proms 2016 - Handel Coronation Anthems

We are looking forward to our appearance at the BBC Proms later this year, in which we are joined by the Choir of the AAM for Handel’s Coronation Anthems at the Royal Albert Hall. Directed by Richard Egarr, the programme also includes JS Bach’s “Air on a G string” and Purcell’s “Dido’s Lament”, presented in an arrangement by acclaimed British conductor Leopold Stokowski.

The Academy of Ancient Music is no stranger to the pomp and ceremony of the Coronation Anthems, and you can watch a video of us performing “Zadok the Priest” at Birmingham Symphony Hall on our YouTube channel.

Tickets are now available to purchase from the BBC.

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Wednesday 03 February 2016

March Music Days Festival

The Academy of Ancient Music, directed by Pavlo Beznosiuk, travels to Ruse, Bulgaria, to perform at the city’s March Music Days International Festival on 12 March 2016. Lying along the River Danube, this beautiful city will play host to 680 musicians from 14 countries, including the Signum Saxophone Quartet, Ruse State Opera and the Romanian National Symphony Orchestra.

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Wednesday 03 February 2016

2016-17 Season announced

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The Academy of Ancient Music announces its 2016-17 season at the Barbican Centre, a season that marks Richard Egarr's 10th anniversary as Music Director.

Read on for our season highlights and concert listings.

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Wednesday 03 February 2016

Next AAM Records release recorded

Following a string of critically-acclaimed recordings, Music Director Richard Egarr and a small team of AAM players travelled to Cambridge in late January to record our next release for AAM Records: Sonata Concertate in Stil Moderno Libro Primo by Dario Castello, a Venetian composer who played an important role in the development of both the sonata and concerto.

The story of Dario Castello, contrary to the impact of his music, is an elusive one. The name Castello was, and remains to this day, a common one in Venice, named after one of Venice’s six boroughs, or sestieri. There even seems to have been a family of musicians who served the Doge during the first half of the seventeenth century. However, references to Castello the composer appear only in the title-pages of his Sonata Concertate in Stil Moderno, published in Venice as two volumes in 1621 and 1629. The latter of these stated that he was a wind player at St. Mark’s Basilica, Venice, performing under the direction of none other than Claudio Monteverdi himself.

Though we know little of Castello the man, we know that Castello the composer was ahead of his time. His sonatas display a remarkable degree of instrumental virtuosity and soloistic licence, with competition in abundance between violin, trombone and dulcian (an early bassoon) across extended passages. Furthermore, the scores themselves demonstrate some of the first published examples of bar lines and tempo indications within instrumental music.

As an innovator of both music and its presentation, it is only in recent years that Castello has been recognised as a key figure in the development of instrumental music.

We look forward to sharing this important recording with you in later this year.


Friday 08 January 2016

The matchless man

On Friday 15 January 2016, the AAM will perform “The matchless man”, a programme of English music that will take place in Poland’s recently renovated NOSPR Concert Hall. Directed by Pavlo Beznosiuk, leader of the AAM, the concert will begin with Henry Purcell’s iconic ‘Rondeau’ from Abdelazar, before charting the post-Purcellian world of English music in the 17th and 18th centuries. The death of Purcell at just 36 years of age had a monumental impact as to what English music would now be, and who would be its next proponents.

It is ironic that a concert of English music is made up almost entirely of foreign composers. Handel and Galliard hailed from Germany, whilst Geminiani and Roman came from Italy and Sweden respectively. However, these composers spent substantial parts of their lives in England, and it was to English music that they devoted their efforts. Galliard, for example, was the choir-master of Somserset House, one of the royal residencies, and helped to found the very first Academy of Ancient Musick. In fact, the Grove Dictionary of Music describes Handel as an ‘English composer of German birth’; his works are considered English in spite of his nationality, a conclusion that can also be applied to Galliard, Geminiani and Roman.

“From the time of my first appearance in London, to the hour, I have enjoy’d the Happiness of your Countenance and Favour.” – Francesco Geminiani, dedicating a set of works to the very first Academy of Ancient Musick.

“The matchless man” takes place on Friday 15 January 2016 in NOSPR Concert Hall, Katowice, Poland.

Portrait: Andrea Soldi (1703-71), Portrait of Francesco Geminiani.

James Proctor

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Tuesday 05 January 2016

Alina Ibragimova receives MBE in 2016 New Year Honours List

We are delighted to hear that violinist Alina Ibragimova has been awarded an MBE for her services to music in the 2016 New Years Honours List.

"I am delighted and privileged to accept this honour, as someone for whom the United Kingdom has become a musical and inspirational home. My career in music couldn’t have happened without the support and generosity of the musical culture of this country. I am thrilled to receive this MBE."

Alina regularly collaborates with the AAM, most recently in a performance of Mendelssohn'sViolin Concerto in E minor in 2015 under the direction of Edward Gardner.

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