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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
2016-17 Cambridge season brochure
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.
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.
Wednesday 03 February 2016
2016-17 Season announced
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.
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.
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.
Thursday 16 July 2015
Sound unbound: the Barbican classical weekender
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
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
2015-16 Cambridge season brochure
Tuesday 19 May 2015
Trevor Jones remembered
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.
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
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
JS Bach St Matthew Passion (1727)
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.
For more information, and to order your copy now, click here
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
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!
Friday 07 November 2014
Orchestral Suites sell out Carnegie Hall
On Friday, 7 November 2014 AAM's performance of JS Bach's Orchestral Suites sold out Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York.
The performance was broadcast live on National Public Radio in America and it streamed live online via WQXR New York (who are currently offering it on demand as well).
Click here to listen to an archived recording of the broadcast
Music Director Richard Egarr and AAM rehearsing on-stage at Zankel Hall.
Tuesday 04 November 2014
AAM tours Canada and the United States
On Tuesday, 4 November 2014 the AAM began an eight-concert tour of Canada and the United States with a sold-out performance at the Palais Montcalm in Québec.
Promoting its newest release on AAM Records — AAM003
JS Bach’s Orchestral Suites — the orchestra will travel further to Montréal, New York (Carnegie Hall), Washington DC, Cincinnati, Los Angeles (Walt Disney Concert Hall), Sacramento and Berkeley.
Full details of the tour, including booking information, are available via the link below; if you can’t join us in person you can listen to the orchestra’s Carnegie Hall performance live online at www.wqxr.org on Saturday, 8 November from
12.30am GMT (an archived version will be available to stream at a later date).
Click here for full touring details
Click here for the WQXR Carnegie Hall live stream
Click here to purchase AAM003 JS Bach Orchestral Suites
Music Director Richard Egarr greets fans and signs autographs in Québec, 4 November 2014.
Thursday 30 October 2014
Ed Hossack named AAM Chief Executive
We are delighted to announce that Ed Hossack has been named the Academy of Ancient Music’s new Chief Executive. Ed has been Acting CEO since July.
Ed has worked with a variety of ensembles in the UK and Australia, including the London Philharmonic Orchestra and The King’s Consort. He moved to Australia in 2003 to work for the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and subsequently joined the executive of Opera Australia as General Manager of its orchestra. Since returning to the UK in 2011, his most recent role was Acting Chief Executive of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, working subsequently as a consultant with a number of chamber ensembles. He is a Trustee of the Rodolfus Choir.
Ed brings a wealth of experience to the role, as well as a great enthusiasm for the AAM's repertoire and its approach to music-making and outreach.
On his appointment Ed said:
"I have thoroughly enjoyed the last few months as Acting CEO and relish the opportunity to take up the reins on a permanent basis, and to steer the AAM into its next chapter.
"Music Director Richard Egarr and the players are on terrific form and I look forward to developing our association at the Barbican and our residency in Cambridge, as well as our national and international touring programme.
"The orchestra is about to depart on a tour of Canada and the USA performing JS Bach’s Orchestral Suites which coincides with a release of a recording of the Orchestral Suites on AAM Records. The tour also includes educational projects and master-classes, reaffirming our commitment to developing young musical talent in the UK and further afield."
Monday 27 October 2014
New release on AAM Records Classic FM's "Album of the Week"
The newest recording on AAM Records — JS Bach's Orchestral Suites — has been named Classic FM's "Album of the Week".
In his review, John Suchet described the 2CD release as "sharp, sparkling and unencumbered" before writing, "With the ensemble still mourning the death of Christopher Hogwood, there could be no better tribute to their founder than this excellent new recording under the baton of his successor, Richard Egarr."
JS Bach's Orchestral suites will be available worldwide on AAM Records from 4 November 2014.
Click here for full details, to listen to preview tracks, watch the album trailer and pre-order your copy now.
Click here to read the full review
Wednesday 24 September 2014
Christopher Hogwood CBE, conductor and founder of the Academy of Ancient Music, has died
The Academy of Ancient Music is deeply saddened to announce the death of Christopher Hogwood CBE, conductor, musicologist, keyboard player and founder of the Academy of Ancient Music.
Christopher Hogwood passed away on 24 September 2014 as the result of a brain tumour.
Christopher Hogwood studied keyboard at Cambridge University with Rafael Puyana and Mary Potts and later with Zuzana Růžičková and Gustav Leonhardt. He worked with most of the leading symphony orchestras and opera houses in the world. Once described as "the von Karajan of early music", he is universally acknowledged as one of the most influential exponents of the historically informed early-music movement. He was equally passionate about music of the 19th and 20th centuries: with a particular focus on the Early Romantics and the neo-classical school where he applied the same rigour and supreme musicianship to all his work, striving to discover and to recreate the composer’s intentions both in notation and performance.
Christopher Hogwood founded the Academy of Ancient Music in 1973, rapidly establishing a place at the forefront of the period-instrument movement. Over the following 30 years he directed the AAM on six continents and made over 200 CDs, including the first-ever complete cycle of Mozart symphonies on period instruments as well as many other first recordings of baroque and classical masterworks by a period orchestra. His iconic recordings include the 1980 recording of Handel’s Messiah with Emma Kirkby and Carolyn Watkinson which was named by BBC Music Magazine one of the top 20 recordings of all time and the BRIT award-winning recording of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.
Other previous roles include being a founder member of the Early Music Consort and keyboard player and soloist with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, artistic director of the King’s Lynn Festival, artistic director of the Handel and Haydn Society in Boston, a tutor at Harvard University, Principal Guest Conductor of the Kammerorchester Basel, Honorary Professor of Music at the University of Cambridge and Andrew D.White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University in the USA.
Honorary President of the AAM, Christopher Purvis CBE commented: “Christopher had extraordinary generosity of spirit. He was a great ambassador for historically informed music, the movement of which he was a founder. And he was happy to see the orchestra he founded develop and grow after he stepped down as director.”
Music Director of the AAM, Richard Egarr said: “I am deeply saddened by the news of Christopher’s passing. Christopher provided a fantastic legacy for me to build upon when I joined as Music Director in 2006 and I know he will be greatly missed by all who knew and worked with him.”
Chairman of the AAM, Terence Sinclair said: “Christopher made music and made friends with equal, infectious enthusiasm. He changed our lives.”
Christopher Hogwood CBE
10 September 1941 – 24 September 2014
Thursday 18 September 2014
Introducing AAM003, JS Bach Orchestral Suites
We are thrilled to announce AAM Record's newest release, AAM003 JS Bach Orchestral Suites, available in the UK and digitally worldwide from 4 November 2014.
JS Bach's Orchestral Suites are a series of grand and graceful dances, paying homage to the French baroque style as championed by the ballet-obsessed King Louis XIV. Written during Bach’s years in Leipzig, where he had a wider range of instruments at his disposal than ever before, the Suites revel in new sonorous possibilities and employ varied combinations of wind, brass, stringed instruments and timpani.
This recording — performed with single strings and at a low, "French" pitch — offers a unique, chamber-like interpretation of Bach's virtuosic ouvertures.
For more information, and to pre-order your copy now, click here
Tuesday 02 September 2014
Hogwood featured in Classical Music
Emeritus Director Christopher Hogwood has been profiled by Keith Clarke in Classical Music's 1000th issue. Hogwood first appeared on the cover of the magazine in 1977.
Looking back on a life in historically-informed performance, he offers these words of wisdom:
"One of the battles over the years, especially in relation to seeking public funding, has been to fight for 'excellence' often in the face of a false opposition to 'access'. I have always believed fervently in both, with no sacrifice in excellence, and I would encourage any young musicians setting out on a career in music today never to compromise on their artistic standards."
Click here to read the full interview
Tuesday 26 August 2014
Richard Egarr profiled in Early Music Today
Ahead of AAM’s season-opening, semi-staged performance of Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, Music Director Richard Egarr – “the musician’s musician” – talks to Catherine Groom of Early Music Today. You can read the magazine – which places the second instalment of AAM’s Monteverdi opera cycle top of their list of “5 events not to miss” this season – by following the link below. And don’t delay getting your ticket for the big night itself: 4 October 2014, 7.00pm at the Barbican, London.
Read the interview here
Book your tickets now
Tuesday 19 August 2014
Spotlight: Richard Egarr and Iestyn Davies
While we are disappointed our recording of JS Bach’s St John Passion has not progressed from this year’s short-list, it is with great pride that we announce “Arise, my muse” — a live recording of a recital given by AAM Music Director Richard Egarr and international counter-tenor Iestyn Davies at the Wigmore Hall — has been nominated for a 2014 Gramophone Award for best recital.
Don’t miss your opportunity to hear both of these consummate artists in the opening concert of AAM’s 2014-15 London season. On 4 October at the Barbican, Richard Egarr will direct the AAM from the harpsichord in a semi-staged performance of Monteverdi’s masterpiece L’incoronazione di Poppea. Singing the role of Ottone — Poppea’s jilted lover — Iestyn Davies leads an all-star cast including Sarah Connolly (Nerone), Lynne Dawson (Poppea) and Matthew Rose (Seneca).
Book your tickets for L'incoronazione di Poppea online
Read more about "Arise, my muse" here
Monday 04 August 2014
JS Bach's St John Passion short-listed for a 2014 Gramophone award
We're delighted to announce that our recording of JS Bach's St John Passion, released on AAM Records, has been short-listed for a 2014 Gramophone award.
In a review by Lindsay Kemp, Music Director Richard Egarr's "sympathetic", "compassionate" reading of the work is praised for its "aching kind of tragedy", one that contrasts with the "sharp, stabbing agony" evoked by other recordings.
Soloists Elizabeth Watts and Sarah Connolly are singled out amongst a roster of talented soloists for the "telling interpretive details" injected into their arias, while James Gilchrist's Evangelist is described as being "on the highest level of clarity and narrative intelligence."
Read full reviews of all the short-listed recordings here
Tuesday 29 July 2014
AAM performs Bach at the Three Choirs Festival
This afternoon we performed JS Bach's magisterial Mass in B minor to a sell-out crowd in Worcester Cathedral as part of the 2014 Three Choirs Festival.
Conducted by the Festival's Artistic Director Dr Peter Nardone, we were joined by the combined professional choirs of Worcester, Hereford and Gloucester cathedrals, as well as soloists Ruth Holton, Mhairi Lawson, William Towers, Andrew Tortise and Benjamin Bevan.
Roger Jones of Seen and Heard International called the AAM's playing "superb", reserving special praise for principal flute Rachel Brown, whose "ravishing" solo gave "an ethereal feel" to the "Domine deus" duet.
Read the full review in Seen and Heard International here
Monday 23 June 2014
40th Anniversary Dinner raises £61,000 for AAMplify
It's been an exciting 40th anniversary year for AAM and the gala organised to celebrate it certainly didn't disappoint either. The gala's aim was to fundraise for our AAMplify scheme which gives young musicians invaluable period performance experience playing alongside AAM's Orchestra. We also aimed to raise money towards the orchestra's artistic work.
Due to the generosity of the Marquess and Marchioness of Salisbury, the event was hosted at the truly magical Hatfield House. One of the evening's highlights featured a recital by Richard Egarr and the stunning Joyce DiDonato - a performance made all the more awe-inspiring due to its location in the Armoury! BBC Radio 3's Sean Rafferty hosted the event in style and David Starkey gave a brilliant keynote speech on the history of English music and the AAM.
The £61,000 raised will certainly help continue the AAM's educational and artistic work for many anniversaries to come. Thank you to all involved.
Wednesday 21 May 2014
AAM's 40th anniversary season Gala dinner and auction
On 14 June 2014 we will celebrate the end of AAM’s 40th anniversary season with a Gala dinner and auction hosted by the Marquess and Marchioness of Salisbury at Hatfield House.
The evening will feature a recital by operatic superstar Joyce DiDonato, accompanied by AAM’s acclaimed Music Director Richard Egarr; a banquet of dishes designed specially for the evening by celebrity chefs Rowley Leigh, Sally Clarke and Ruth Rogers; a key-note speech by distinguished historian David Starkey as well as live and silent auctions of more than 25 fabulous prizes. Presiding over the evening will be MC Sean Rafferty of BBC Radio 3’s In Tune.
This will be an evening truly not to be missed, and we are delighted to announce we’ve just received a new allocation of tickets to be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. To make an enquiry — or to reserve your ticket now — please contact Bethan Quartermaine in the AAM office on 01223 341093. Even if you can’t attend you can still help us celebrate AAM’s 40th anniversary by bidding on items at silent auction at www.aam40gala.co.uk. Bidding will close at midday on 14 June — don’t miss your chance to be a part of this memorable event!
Saturday 17 May 2014
AAMplify Orchestra Project 2014
The AAM is launching the AAMplify Orchestra: an educational project where students and emerging professionals will rehearse side-by-side with AAM musicians preparing for a performance on the Barbican Centre’s free stage as a special pre-concert event before the AAM’s final concert of its 40th anniversary season.
The project will involve 2 days of rehearsals on the weekend of 14-15 June in London, with the performance the following Saturday 21 June. For its inaugural concert, the AAMplify Orchestra will perform Mozart Symphony No.1 and Haydn Symphony No.1, directed from the cello by AAM principal cellist, Joseph Crouch. The programme will serve as an excellent introduction to the AAM’s concert, Three Last Symphonies: Mozart Symphony No.41, Haydn Symphony No.104 & Beethoven Symphony No.9.
Click here for further details
AAM musicians, Judith Evans, Joseph Crouch and Gail Hennessy play side-by-side with students from the University of Cambridge’s Collegium Musicum ensemble
Friday 16 May 2014
AAM records JS Bach's St Matthew Passion (1727 version)
Following a near sell-out performance of JS Bach’s St Matthew Passion (1727 version) at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam on 10 April the AAM returned to St Jude’s Church, London to record the work as the third AAM Records release, due out in early 2015.
AAM Records’ most recent release, JS Bach’s St John Passion, has been remarkably successful, garnering a number of distinguished reviews, including the BBC Music Magazine’s discovery of “riches at almost every turn”.
All AAM Records releases, including our first recording, Birth of the symphony: Handel to Haydn, are available for purchase direct from the AAM website
Read reviews, listen to excerpts and order now
AAM recording session at St Jude’s, London
Wednesday 14 May 2014
AAM nominated for RPS music award
The AAM is honoured to have been shortlisted for a Royal Philharmonic Society Music Award for outstanding musical achievement by a UK ensemble in 2013.
The awards ceremony took place at the Dorchester Hotel in London on Tuesday 13 May. The finalists included some of the finest orchestras in the UK: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, London Contemporary Orchestra and the winners — London Philharmonic Orchestra — rounded out some stiff competition!
We were exceptionally proud of our nomination which was the perfect end to a 40th anniversary year also featuring a summer residency at the National Gallery as part of the Vermeer and Music exhibition and our first season as Associate Ensemble at the Barbican.
Tuesday 08 April 2014
New AAM Recording — JS Bach's St John Passion
We are delighted to unveil our second recording on the newly launched AAM Records — JS Bach's St John Passion.
This work is an intensely personal experience, bringing to life the humanity of the passion story. Combining raw viscerality with moments of exquisite intimacy, it was written soon after Bach’s arrival as Kantor at Leipzig’s Thomasschule. Keen to impress a new congregation, Bach produced a setting of the age-old passion story which overshadowed almost every piece of liturgical music the world had previously known. Our recording aims to capture the authenticity and vivacity of the very first Good Friday performance at Leipzig’s Nikolaikirche.
Over the past 40 years the AAM has made over 300 recordings of baroque and classical music, winning Brit and Grammy Awards along the way. This is our first-ever recording of the St John Passion. With a superlative cast including James Gilchrist, Sarah Connolly, Andrew Kennedy, Elizabeth Watts, Christopher Purves and Matthew Rose, and directed by Richard Egarr, this is a landmark project.
The recording has been awarded four stars by both Gramophone Magazine and BBC Music Magazine.
You can order it directly via the AAM website for just £25 plus p&p.
Read reviews, listen to excerpts and order now
Wednesday 15 January 2014
AAM launches London season 2014-15
Today we announce details of our 2014-15 London programme, our second full season exclusively at the Barbican. Featuring a musical Grand Tour, the continuation of our Monteverdi opera cycle and a collection of stellar artists and directors it promises to be an exhilarating, memorable season.
Wednesday 10 July 2013
AAM Records, our own record label, to be launched this autumn
We are thrilled to announce that we will launch our own record label, AAM Records, this autumn.
Over the past 40 years the AAM has made over 300 CDs, predominantly with the labels Decca and Harmonia Mundi. Now, with the market for recorded music changing significantly, we have decided to take our recording programme in-house. AAM Records will enable us to build on our distinguished recording legacy, reaching a global audience of baroque and classical music lovers with our latest performances. We will have unprecedented freedom to control the repertoire we record, the artists with whom we work and the way our recordings are presented.
We will initially release two recordings per year. In October 2013 we will release 'Birth of the symphony: Handel to Haydn', exploring the development of the symphony in the eighteenth century. This will be followed by three recordings of music by JS Bach: St John Passion, St Matthew Passion and Orchestral Suites.