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Academy of Ancient Music

Associate Ensemble

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Academy of Ancient Music (AAM) is an orchestra with a worldwide reputation for excellence in baroque and classical music.

Using historically informed techniques, period-specific instruments and original sources, AAM brings music vividly to life in committed, vibrant performances under the new and dynamic leadership of Laurence Cummings.



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Listen: Barbican Essentials - Handel

Our selection of the best of Handel's music.

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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.