AAM completes successful Spanish tour
Academy of Ancient Music has returned from Spain, completing its first international tour since the pandemic began. The orchestra performed an all-Handel programme including Water Music and Music for the Royal Fireworks at the Pollença and Santander Festivals and in Burgos Cathedral, under the direction of Richard Egarr.
Scherzo reviewed the Burgos concert saying, ‘You had to see the happy faces of those who listened (and those who played) to realise that you were living one of those musical moments that take a long time to forget.’
John McMunn, AAM’s Chief Executive, said: ‘The past 16 months have been incredibly difficult for musicians and audiences alike, and organising a tour in such circumstances was challenging to say the least. However, the effort has been more than worthwhile. To be able to make live music again and share it with an international audience – especially in such beautiful venues! – feels like a reawakening. We’re not there yet, but I think it safe to say we’re all increasingly excited about the future. This too shall pass, and music will return!’
The orchestra goes into the studio next week to begin the completion of its cycle of Mozart’s piano concertos with Robert Levin.
Photos: courtesy Pollença Festival and Burgos Cathedral