“One of the world’s most-admired chamber orchestras.”
The West Australian, February 2014
"…brooding power, poetic sparkle, dramatic attack"
The Times, April 2014
The Academy of St Martin in the Fields is one of the world’s premier chamber orchestras, renowned for its fresh, brilliant interpretations of the world’s most-loved classical music.
Formed by Sir Neville Marriner in 1958 from a group of leading London musicians, the Academy gave its first performance in its namesake church in November 1959. Through its live performances and vast recording output – highlights of which include the 1969 best-seller Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and the soundtrack to 1985’s Oscar-winning film Amadeus – the Academy quickly gained an enviable international reputation for its distinctive, polished and refined sound.
Today the Academy is led artistically by Music Director and virtuoso violinist Joshua Bell, retaining the collegiate spirit and flexibility of the original small, conductor-less ensemble which has become an Academy hallmark. Each year the Academy works with some of the most talented soloists and directors in the classical music scene, performing symphonic repertoire and ‘chamber music on a grand scale’ at prestigious venues throughout the world.
Highlights of the Academy’s 2015/16 season include concerts and international tours with world-leading soloists, including cellist Steven Isserlis, violinist Julia Fischer and trumpeter Håkan Hardenberger. Music Director Joshua Bell leads tours of the UK, Europe and the United States, Principal Guest Conductor Murray Perahia tours Germany and Europe, and Life President Sir Neville Marriner takes the Academy to Asia with renowned pianist Angela Hewitt.
In addition to a busy concert and touring schedule, the Academy continues to reach out to young people and adult learners through its learning and participation programmes. This year’s projects include the Academy’s flagship Create, Cultivate, Orchestrate! workshops for primary and secondary school children; professional development partnerships with Southbank Sinfonia, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal Northern College of Music; and working with some of London’s most vulnerable and homeless adults, creating opportunities for everyone to connect and create music with the orchestra.
With over 500 recordings to date, the Academy is one of the most recorded chamber orchestras in the world. Amongst projects for this season, the Academy is due to record their second album in a Beethoven symphonies cycle with Joshua Bell, following up the critically acclaimed Beethoven Symphonies Nos. 4 & 7, which reached No.1 on the Billboard Classical Albums Chart in March 2013.
Find out more about the Academy of St Martin in the Fields at www.asmf.org
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