Academy of Ancient Music appoints John McMunn as Chief Executive

Academy of Ancient Music appoints John McMunn as Chief Executive

The Academy of Ancient Music is delighted to announce the appointment of John McMunn as its new Chief Executive.

John will assume the role from 1st September, taking over from outgoing Chief Executive Alexander Van Ingen who leaves AAM to head the Philharmonia Orchestra. John is currently the General Manager of Gabrieli Consort & Players.

John McMunn comments: “Since its founding in 1973, the Academy of Ancient Music has been at the forefront of the period-instrument movement, pioneering new modes of performance practice and practical scholarship, and more recently driving the development of digital engagement. As a long-time admirer of this work I am delighted to join the orchestra’s sterling musicians and its committed staff and board to help shape the next chapter of the organisation’s long and storied history.”

AAM Chairman Philip Jones comments: “We are delighted to welcome John back to the AAM family. John’s background as an experienced manager, performer and musicologist is a perfect fit for AAM and we greatly look forward to working with him as we build on the successes of our outgoing Chief Executive, Alexander Van Ingen and lead up to our 50th Anniversary year.”

AAM Music Director Richard Egarr adds: “It is with the greatest pleasure and excitement that we welcome John in his new appointment. He is an old friend and colleague of AAM, and I couldn’t be happier to have him with us.”

John McMunn trained as a musicologist at Harvard and Cambridge Universities and as a singer at the Royal College of Music’s International Opera School. For nearly ten years he performed widely as a soloist in opera and concert, with notable appearances including roles for the Royal Opera House and English National Opera; the Aldeburgh, Buxton and City of London Festivals; and oratorio appearances with Academy of Ancient Music and the Philharmonia, BBC Symphony and Ulster Orchestras, among others.

Following a move into management, John held fundraising and marketing roles at Tenebrae Choir and Academy of Ancient Music, and was Artistic Director of the 2016 Cambridge Summer Music Festival. Since October 2016 he has served as General Manager of Gabrieli, leading an expansion of the organisation’s touring work into new markets in Asia and Australia, overseeing the development of their innovative choral training scheme Gabrieli Roar, and garnering numerous international awards for recorded and live performance including the Helpmann Award for Best Chamber/Instrumental Ensemble Performance (2019) and BBC Music Magazine’s Recording of the Year (2020).

The search was led by Helen Sprott at Execucare.