The Academy of Ancient Music is an orchestra with a worldwide reputation for excellence in baroque and classical music. It takes inspiration directly from the music’s composers, using historically informed techniques, period-specific instruments and original sources to bring music to life in committed, vibrant performances.
The ensemble was founded by Christopher Hogwood in 1973 and remains at the forefront of the worldwide early music scene more than four decades on; Richard Egarr became its Music Director in 2006.
The Academy of Ancient Music has always been a pioneer. It was established to make the first British recordings of orchestral works using instruments from the baroque and classical periods and has released more than 300 discs, many of which are still considered definitive performances (among its countless accolades for recording are Classic BRIT, Gramophone and Edison awards.) It has now established its own record label, AAM Records, and is proud to be the most listened-to orchestra of its kind online, with over one million monthly listeners on Spotify.
AAM’s education and outreach programme, AAMplify, nurtures the next generation of audiences and musicians. With this expanding programme, working from pre-school through tertiary education and beyond, AAM ensures its work reaches the widest possible audience and inspires people of all ages, backgrounds and cultural traditions.
The 2019-20 season features appearances by Viktoria Mullova, Chen Reiss, VOCES8, Benjamin Appl, Masato Suzuki, Thomas Dunford, Mary Bevan, Alison Balsom, the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge and the BBC Singers, highlighting performances of Dussek’s Mass in G, Eccles’ Semele, Bach’s St John Passion, Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria and Castello’s Sonate Concertate in Stil Moderno, to name but a few.
The AAM is based in Cambridge and is Orchestra-in-Residence at the city’s university. Its London home is the Barbican Centre, where it is Associate Ensemble, and it is also Orchestra-in- Residence at the Grange Festival, Chiltern Arts Festival, Music at Oxford and the Apex, Bury St Edmunds.
There are three elements that underpin AAM’s work across live performances, recordings and education and outreach projects: