Academy of Ancient Music to become carbon-neutral by 50th anniversary season

Academy of Ancient Music to become carbon-neutral by 50th anniversary season

The Academy of Ancient Music (AAM) has announced a commitment to assessing, reducing and mitigating its environmental impact, with an aim to become carbon-neutral by its 50th birthday in two season’s time.

AAM is the first UK orchestra to work towards becoming carbon-neutral. The process begins immediately, launching an analysis across 2020 of the environmental impact of all of AAM’s activities, on the concert platform, in the recording studio, and in the classroom. Orchestra-in-Residence at the University of Cambridge, AAM will make use of extensive relationships with academic experts and specialists to give the best data and analysis possible.

Alexander Van Ingen, Chief Executive of the Academy of Ancient Music, comments: “We believe in making high-level live music-making accessible to audiences everywhere, and we recognise that this necessarily involves a certain amount of travel, transporting musicians, instruments, staff and even audiences, all of which has an environmental impact. This is an issue which we must take seriously at an organisational level, in order to ensure that the music we are proud to champion is heard by generations to come.

AAM is the most-listened to period instrument ensemble in the world, and connects with a vast audience daily – we want to ensure that we are aware of the impact our activity has, to reduce it where possible, and to mitigate those emissions we can’t readily reduce.”

AAM’s Music Director Richard Egarr added: “As we crash into a new decade that begins with so many questions and so many potential worries, we at AAM can begin to make a positive change by declaring out commitment to becoming carbon-neutral by our 50th birthday. This would be the first of many future steps to take live music making into this and the following decades in a healthy and responsible way.”


Photo credits © Patrick Allen for Opera Omnia Productions, featuring guest director Masato Suzuki, baritone soloist Benjamin Appl, AAM Chief Executive Alexander Van Ingen and musicians of the orchestra. With special thanks to Cambridge University Botanic Garden.