Thursday 16 July 2015

Sound unbound: the Barbican classical weekender

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This October we're delighted to be joining the other Associate Ensembles and Orchestras (along with a host of visiting artists) for the Barbican Centre's first classical weekender, Sound unbound.

Aimed at introducing a whole new audience to the joy of classical music, Sound unbound casts classical music in a new light, releasing it from the confines of the concert hall. Over this weekend-long festival you can tap into short sessions in the Barbican Conservatory, foyers and halls, engage in debates about the genre, taking your pint with you and live tweeting along the way.

By day's end any remaining boundaries will come crashing down at the classical overnighter when classical and non-classical DJ sets will rub shoulders until the early morning.

Sound unbound: the Barbican classical weekender
Saturday 31 October – 1 November 2015

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Tuesday 23 June 2015

AAM's 2015-16 season brochures are here!

We're delighted to announce the publication of our 2015-16 London and Cambridge season brochures.

Click the links below to download full programme and booking details for all of AAM's 2015-16 concerts at the Barbican, Milton Court and West Road.

2015-16 London season brochure

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2015-16 Cambridge season brochure

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Tuesday 19 May 2015

Trevor Jones remembered

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Today we remember Trevor Jones, violist and long-time AAM principal. Trevor passed away peacefully last week.

Current AAM principal viola, Jane Rogers writes:

"I first met Trevor Jones during some recording sessions with the English Concert and he was, right from the start, one of the most encouraging and welcoming colleagues with whom I've ever been lucky enough to work. Trevor adopted this attitude with everyone and it made him an invaluable asset in every group with which he played.

His knowledge about music and style was admirable. Most people knew him as a violist but he was so much more than this having been one of the pioneers of the early music movement in Great Britain alongside David Munrow, Christopher Hogwood and Trevor Pinnock playing the rebec, vielle and viol. Trevor remained a close colleague of Chris and AAM throughout a career which spanned 40 years.

His fun-loving attitude – combined with a more serious, scholarly side – made him the popular and successful musician that he was. He cared a great deal about the early music movement and was always encouraging to young musicians and instrument makers. Although not a keyboard player himself, he was the first person to commission a chamber organ from Goetze and Gwynn, essentially putting them firmly on the map as reputable organ builders.

It was Trevor's sense of humour and zany resourcefulness for which I will have the fondest memories. On one occasion he turned up to a concert having forgotten his regulation black concert shoes. Quick as a flash he removed his black socks and put them on over his brown brogues, and hey – presto! Black concert shoes! Something which kept the viola section amused throughout the whole performance.

He was a much loved and respected colleague who will be missed by many."


Thursday 23 April 2015

AAM returns to BBC Proms 2015

We're delighted to announce that AAM will be returning to the BBC Proms this summer for a programme of the music of JS Bach on 21 August!

Under conductor David Hill, and alongside singers Sophie Bevan, Rebecca Evans, Iestyn Davies, Nicky Spence and Roderick Williams, the orchestra will perform Bach's beloved Magnificat in D major and Brandenburg concerto No.2 in F, as well as a lesser-known Lutheran Mass setting in G minor.

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Wednesday 01 April 2015

JS Bach St Matthew Passion sells out Barbican Hall

We're delighted that our Good Friday performance of JS Bach's original 1727 version of the St Matthew Passion has now sold out London's Barbican Hall. Directed from the harpsichord by Richard Egarr, and featuring a cast led by internationally renowned Evangelist James Gilchrist, it's hardly a surprise!

Returns continue to trickle in, but you'll have to act fast to snap them up. If you can't be there in person on Friday, you can always have the next best thing – our new recording of the work on AAM Records.

Click here to check current ticket availability, and to read all about our new recording of the "Great Passion", watch the trailer and order your copy now, click here.


Tuesday 10 March 2015

#teAAM runs the Cambridge Half-Marathon

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On 8 March 2015 a team of runners from AAM's permanent staff (#teAAM) ran the Cambridge Half-Marathon in memory of Christopher Hogwood and to raise funds for the AAM and The Brain Tumour Charity, the UK's largest dedicated brain tumour charity.

Fundraising via JustGiving, #teAAM received more than 55 donations, ranging from £5 to £500, and raised more than £3,000 in Christopher's memory. Thanks to all our donors, as well as to all who helped us publicise the campaign – we couldn't have done it without you!


Friday 27 February 2015

Introducing AAM004:
JS Bach St Matthew Passion (1727)

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We are thrilled to announce AAM Record's newest release, AAM004 JS Bach St Matthew Passion, recorded in its original 1727 version, and available worldwide from 31 March 2015.

Since 1727, JS Bach's "Great Passion" has gripped the hearts and uplifted the minds of audiences all over the globe. Nearly three centuries after its premiere, the work has lost none of its power to evoke feelings of compassion for all those who suffer. Its mix of urgent story-telling, meditative arias and mighty choruses sets St Matthew's account of Christ's betrayal, trial and execution eloquently and emotionally.

Over the past 40 years the AAM has made over 300 recordings of baroque and classical music, winning Brit and Gramophone Awards along the way, however – remarkably – this is our first recording of the St Matthew Passion. With a superlative cast including James Gilchrist, Sarah Connolly, Thomas Hobbs, Elizabeth Watts, Christopher Maltman and Matthew Rose, and directed by Richard Egarr, this is a landmark project.

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Monday 02 February 2015

Robert Levin leads AAMplify working day at the RNCM, Manchester

On Sunday 1 February 2015 the AAM and scholar-pianist Robert Levin put on a Mozart & Beethoven working day at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

As part of the AAMplify education scheme, and in partnership with the RNCM, the day featured an engaging lecture exploring improvisation in the music of Mozart, master-classes and individual sessions with Robert Levin, AAM leader Pavlo Beznosiuk and AAM co-principal cello Sarah McMahon. More than 30 students took part over the course of the day, which was capped by a performance of an unpublished completion of three Mozart fragments by Robert Levin.

This was the first of AAM’s 2015 AAMplify offerings; future events include woodwind and brass master-classes at the RNCM and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama respectively, as well as AAM’s annual workshop with the Collegium Musicum at the University of Cambridge.

Visit aam.co.uk/aamplify to find out more.


Tuesday 20 January 2015

2015-16 Season announced

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Last night we announced details of our 2015-16 London programme, our third full season exclusively at the Barbican Centre.

Featuring the conclusion of our Monteverdi opera cycle, a festive performance of JS Bach's Christmas Oratorio in full, and an impressive roster of visiting artists, directors and conductors it promises to be an exciting, dynamic season!

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