Wednesday 03 February 2016

2016-17 Season announced

A season of celebrations and directorial debuts, the Academy of Ancient Music’s 2016-17 season is set to be the biggest and best yet.

2016-17 will be Richard Egarr’s 10th season as the Music director of the AAM, and what better way to start the celebrations than with a semi-staged production of Purcell’s magical opera, The Fairy Queen. The Orchestra is joined by actor Timothy West as the narrator, soloists Mhairi Lawson, Iestyn Davies, Samuel Boden and Charles Daniels and the Choir of the AAM. This performance, fittingly given in the year marking William Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary, also starts off a three year Purcell opera cycle for the AAM.

World-renowned early music expert Jordi Savall will be directing the orchestra for the first time in March 2017, bringing his trademark style to works by Rameau, Lully and the much-loved Water Music by Handel.

We continue our principal player focus throughout the season with concerts such as Bach and the Italian Concerto, a programme directed by AAM Principal Oboe Frank de Bruine that displays the virtuosic talent of some of our key players.

The third and final concert in the Barbican Hall once again sees Richard Egarr take the helm, as he leads the Choir and Orchestra of the AAM in the magnificent Monteverdi Vespers in June 2017.  This glorious choral work not only continues the celebration of Egarr’s anniversary season, but also marks the 450th birthday of the composer.  

In addition to these stunning Barbican Hall programmes are five concerts held at Milton Court Concert Hall, a beautifully modern and intimate venue that provides the perfect setting for the AAM’s smaller-scale work. This includes a very special evening that will see tenor James Gilchrist direct his first concert for the AAM in October 2016, alongside orchestra leader Pavlo Beznosiuk.  


Season highlights

  • Richard Egarr celebrates ten years as the AAM's Music Director.

  • A three-year cycle of Purcell operas directed by Richard Egarr, beginning with The Fairy Queen.

  • Renowned early music expert Jordi Savall makes his debut directing the orchestra.

  • Continuation of the AAM's principal player focus with concerts directed by Pavlo Beznosiuk, Bojan Čičić and Frank de Bruine.


2016-17 London season

Purcell's The Fairy Queen

10 October 2016, Barbican Hall, London

James Gilchrist directs

20 October 2016, Milton Court Concert Hall, London

The Glory of Venice

7 December 2016, Barbican Hall

Bach and the Italian Concerto

15 February 2017, Milton Court Concert Hall, London

Jordi Savall directs

11 March 2017, Barbican Hall, London

Bach reconstructed

7 April 2017, Milton Court Concert Hall, London

Richard Egarr directs

5 May 2017, Milton Court Concert Hall, London

Monteverdi Vespers

23 June 2017, Barbican Hall, London



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