Academy of Ancient Music
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 new dynamic leadership of Laurence Cummings.
Academy of Ancient Music – New Worlds: Genius
Grandeur, poetry and pure, unstoppable genius. Laurence Cummings conducts the Academy of Ancient Music in Mozart’s Jupiter symphony.
Academy of Ancient Music: Haydn's The Seasons
Haydn’s life-affirming oratorio of nature, humanity and the eternal cycle of the year – conducted by AAM Music Director Laurence Cummings and brought vividly to life with striking new visuals.
Academy of Ancient Music – ‘Tis nature’s voice: Les Élémens
Cuckoos, nightingales, flood tides and a big bang, as Laurence Cummings conducts the Academy of Ancient Music in a virtuosic celebration of nature and music – baroque style.
Academy of Ancient Music: Handel's Messiah
Laurence Cummings and the Academy of Ancient Music join a truly world-class team of soloists for a seasonal performance of Handel’s Messiah.
Academy of Ancient Music – New Worlds: La Turquie
Amid the glitter and pomp of the French court, Lully, Rameau and their contemporaries looked East. Paolo Zanzu directs the Academy of Ancient Music, as Milton Court becomes the Palace of Versailles.
Academy of Ancient Music: J S Bach's St John Passion
On Good Friday, Laurence Cummings and the Academy of Ancient Music bring all their insight and commitment to the rarely heard 1725 version of J S Bach’s St John Passion.
Academy of Ancient Music – New Worlds: Exile
Exile, elegance and adventure: Laurence Cummings and the Academy of Ancient Music follow Joseph Haydn to 18th-century London, in a concert of thrilling emotional extremes.
Academy of Ancient Music - New Worlds: Travelogue
Join the 17th-century British composer Nicholas Lanier on a voyage across Europe: a tale of elegance, innovation and simply ravishing sounds.
Academy of Ancient Music: New Worlds – South America
The Academy of Ancient Music and VOCES8 travel from Rome to Peru, as they trace the remarkable journey of Domenico Zipoli: priest, traveller and composer extraordinaire.
Academy of Ancient Music: New Worlds – The Enchanted Forest
Handel weaves spells, Rameau dances with gods, and Francesco Geminiani creates a whole enchanted forest on this magical history tour with Laurence Cummings and the Academy of Ancient Music.
Academy of Ancient Music: Haydn's Creation
Join us in the Hall or online for the Biblical creation story told in music of cosmic grandeur: a journey of unbridled joy, from the dramatic moment the first ray of light hits the waters of the deep.
Haydn's Creation Members' Open Rehearsal
Members are invited to an exclusive open rehearsal of Haydn's Creation with the Academy of Ancient Music.
Academy of Ancient Music: Handel’s Messiah
Revel in a jubilant seasonal classic, Handel’s Messiah, presented here in complete, uncut form by Richard Egarr and the Academy of Ancient Music.
BBC Singers: Music for Royal Occasions
The connection between composer and monarch is at the heart of this celebration of music for state occasions.
Listen: Barbican Essentials - Handel
Our selection of the best of Handel's music.
Composer Focus – Episode 1: George Frideric Handel with Iestyn Davies
Ed Seckerson is joined by countertenor Iestyn Davies to discuss George Frideric Handel, the German-born composer whose prolific portfolio of operas and hits such as the Water Music, and Messiah, won the hearts of the British public.