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Academy Of Ancient Music

The Academy of Ancient Music is one of the world’s foremost orchestras specialising in period music. The orchestra enhances the lives of thousands of music lovers each year through unique baroque and classical performances, in the style intended by composers and on period-appropriate instruments.

Since 1973 the Academy of Ancient Music has sought to reinvigorate period music by stripping away modern conventions that undermine the authenticity of classic pieces. Their work further bridges the divide between musician and audience and now the AAMplify new generation scheme is attracting new younger audiences eager for inspirational listening experiences.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £170,000
  • 2013-2014: £173,740
  • 2014-2015: £178,257

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L'incoronazione di Poppea - Monteverdi's Jilted Lovers, Ottone

As we prepare for our semi-staging of Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea at the Barbican, 4 October 2014, we talk to counter-tenor Iestyn Davies about his character Ottone, the man Poppea leaves behind to ascend the throne.

L'incoronazione di Poppea - Pre-concert talk

Dr Anthony Pryer (Goldsmiths College, London) presents "The Full Monte(verdi): Sex, Power and Poppea" before our performance of Monteverdi's final masterpiece at the Barbican, 4 October 2014.

L'incoronazione di Poppea - Monteverdi's Jilted Lovers, Ottavia

As we prepare for our semi-staged performance of Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea at the Barbican, 4 October 2014, this film explores the character Ottavia, interpreted in our production by Italian mezzo-soprano, Marina de Liso.

JS Bach's Orchestral Suites

We're delighted to announce the newest release on AAM Records, AAM003 JS Bach's Orchestral Suites, available world-wide from 4 November 2014. The Orchestral Suites are a series of grand and graceful dances, paying homage to the French baroque style as championed by the ballet-obsessed King Louis XIV. Written during Bach’s years in Leipzig, where he had a wider range of instruments at his disposal than ever before, the Suites revel in new sonorous possibilities and employ varied combinations of wind, brass, stringed instruments and timpani. In this video, watch the Academy of Ancient Music perform the Orchestral Suites live, accompanied by an exclusive preview of the orchestra's spirited recording of Bach's magisterial "ouvertures".

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JS Bach's St John Passion — Richard Stokes interview

Richard Stokes in interview on the St John Passion. Pre-order your copy of the AAM's landmark recording here: http://www.aam.co.uk/stjohnpassion

JS Bach's St John Passion — Herr, unser Herrscher

Herr unser herr from JS Bach's St John Passion. Pre-order your copy of the AAM's landmark recording here: http://www.aam.co.uk/stjohnpassion

JS Bach's St John Passion — Christopher Purves interview

Christopher Purves in interview on the St John Passion. Pre-order your copy of the AAM's landmark recording here: http://www.aam.co.uk/stjohnpassion

An introduction to the viola d'amore

Pavlo Beznosiuk introduces the viola d'amore which he plays as part of the AAM's recording of JS Bach's St John Passion. Pre-order your copy of the AAM's landmark recording here: http://www.aam.co.uk/stjohnpassion

JS Bach's St John Passion — Pavlo Beznosiuk highlight

Pavlo Beznosiuk talks about his highlight of the St John Passion. Pre-order your copy of the AAM's landmark recording here: http://www.aam.co.uk/stjohnpassion

JS Bach's St John Passion — Richard Egarr highlight

Richard Egarr talks about his highlight of the St John Passion. Pre-order your copy of the AAM's landmark recording here: http://www.aam.co.uk/stjohnpassion

JS Bach's St John Passion — James Gilchrist highlight

James Gilchrist talks about his highlight of the St John Passion. Pre-order your copy of the AAM's landmark recording here: http://www.aam.co.uk/stjohnpassion

JS Bach's St John Passion — Christopher Purves highlight

Christopher Purves talks about his highlight of the St John Passion. Pre-order your copy of the AAM's landmark recording here: http://www.aam.co.uk/stjohnpassion

JS Bach's St John Passion — Richard Stokes highlight

Richard Stokes talks about his highlight of the St John Passion. Pre-order your copy of the AAM's landmark recording here: http://www.aam.co.uk/stjohnpassion

JS Bach's St John Passion — Elizabeth Watts highlight

Elizabeth Watts talks about her highlight of the St John Passion. Pre-order your copy of the AAM's landmark recording here: http://www.aam.co.uk/stjohnpassion

Monteverdi L'Orfeo - in rehearsal

The Academy of Ancient Music rehearses Act IV of Monteverdi's first opera L'Orfeo, ahead of a performance at the Barbican Centre on Saturday 28 September 2013. John Mark Ainsley Orfeo Sophie Bevan Euridice Orpha Phelan stage director Richard Egarr music director Academy of Ancient Music Choir of the AAM Tickets from http://www.barbican.org.uk/music/event-detail.asp?ID=14450

Birth of the symphony: Handel to Haydn (trailer)

Details of the Academy of Ancient Music's new recording, 'Birth of the symphony: Handel to Haydn', exploring developments in the symphony during the eighteenth century. --- BBC Radio 3 Disc of the Week ★★★★★ Classical Music Magazine "A striking success" BBC Music Magazine "Crisp, spirited, full of imaginative detail" The Observer "Thrilling, uplifting" The Arts Desk --- Find out more and order at http://www.aam.co.uk/birthofthesymphony Download from iTunes (with exclusive track) at https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/birth-symphony-handel-to-haydn/id739233333 Watch the trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C83X9dBSgcU

Birth of the symphony: Handel to Haydn (full documentary)

A documentary film to accompany 'Birth of the symphony: Handel to Haydn', the latest release from the Academy of Ancient Music. --- BBC Radio 3 Disc of the Week ★★★★★ Classical Music Magazine "A striking success" BBC Music Magazine "Crisp, spirited, full of imaginative detail" The Observer "Thrilling, uplifting" The Arts Desk --- Find out more and order at http://www.aam.co.uk/birthofthesymphony Download from iTunes (with exclusive track) at https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/birth-symphony-handel-to-haydn/id739233333 Watch the trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C83X9dBSgcU

Handel 'Pensieri notturni di Filli' - Sophie Bevan, Academy of Ancient Music

Sophie Bevan and the Academy of Ancient Music rehearse Handel's early cantata Pensieri notturni di Filli, ahead of a performance at the 2013 BBC Proms. Directed by Richard Egarr.

Perspectives on JS Bach's St John Passion - Christopher Purves

Christopher Purves, bass soloist in the AAM's recording of Bach's St John Passion, talks about why we're still performing this work in the twenty-first century.

JS Bach - St John Passion 'Ruht wohl' - in rehearsal

Richard Egarr rehearses the AAM and Choir of the AAM in the chorus 'Ruht wohl' from Bach's St John Passion. Recorded live at Henry Wood Hall, London on 27 March 2013.

JS Bach - St John Passion 'Herr unser Herrscher' - in rehearsal

Richard Egarr rehearses the AAM and Choir of the AAM in the opening chorus of Bach's St John Passion. Recorded live at Henry Wood Hall, London on 27 March 2013.

JS Bach Easter Oratorio

The Academy of Ancient Music rehearsing the Sinfonia to JS Bach's Easter Oratorio. Recorded live in King's College Chapel, Cambridge on 24 March 2013

Richard Egarr discusses JS Bach's St John Passion

AAM Music Director Richard Egarr talks about his love of JS Bach's St John Passion, and outlines how you can get involved with the AAM's new recording. Visit aam.co.uk/Passion for more details

In profile: the baroque contrabassoon

Philip Turbett, bassoonist with the Academy of Ancient Music, demonstrates the baroque contrabassoon. Filmed at the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant in June 2012, when the Academy of Ancient Music performed Handel's Water Music and Music for the Royal Fireworks. The contrabassoon featured in the Music for the Royal Fireworks, as Handel intended.

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