Academy of Ancient Music 2018–19
The Academy of Ancient Music brings to life music from Monteverdi to Mozart in the way it was first intended to be heard.
Its historically informed approach was ground-breaking when the orchestra was founded in 1973 by scholar-conductor Christopher Hogwood, and AAM remains at the forefront of the early music scene today under the dynamic leadership of Richard Egarr. In the 2018–19 season AAM looks forward to Michael Collins making his debut on period clarinet, Nigel Kennedy re-invigorating Bach, and a 300th-anniversary performance of Handel's masterpiece, Brockes Passion.
Academy of Ancient Music: Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro
An irresistible blend of musical wit and social satire, Figaro is Mozart’s operatic masterpiece. AAM and a cast of Europe’s brightest young artists breathe vibrant new life into this classic opera.
Dido and Aeneas: A funeral for the Queen of Carthage
Visionary director Thomas Guthrie presents a new semi-staged production of Purcell’s poignant tale of love and loss, widely regarded as the greatest English opera of its time.
Academy of Ancient Music/Collins: Mozart
Indulge in a feast of Mozart in a programme that combines his much-loved clarinet concerto and exquisite arias.
AAM/Nigel Kennedy plays Bach - cancelled
We regret that this event has had to be cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. We’re very sorry for any disappointment caused and a full refund will be issued to all ticket-holders in due course.
AAM: Lucie Horsch/Egarr plays Vivaldi and Bach
This programme explores the full emotional gamut of baroque music, from the heartbreaking beauty of Bach’s ‘Erbarme dich’ to the many extrovert moods of Vivaldi’s ‘La notte’ concerto.
Academy of Ancient Music/Altstaedt plays Haydn
Few soloists make the cello’s uniquely human voice sing with more baritonal warmth than Nicolas Altstaedt, whose passionate performances bring out all the colours of his period instrument.
Academy of Ancient Music: Handel’s Brockes Passion
On the 300th anniversary of its premiere AAM and Richard Egarr realise a long-held ambition to perform Handel’s mighty Passion setting, one of rare humanity and beauty.