Through concerts such as 'Supersize Polyphony' and 'Naked Byrd', and new operas including 'Too Hot to Handel', 'Baroque around the Block' and 'Monteverdi’s Flying Circus', Armonico Consort brings world-class music to new audiences in innovative ways.
The group works with the finest singers and instrumentalists using authentic period instruments, performing across the UK and beyond. It regularly works with some of the world’s greatest soloists, including Sir Willard White, Nicola Benedetti, Catlin Finch, Dame Emma Kirkby and Elin Manahan Thomas. For its performances and recordings, Armonico Consort has received great critical acclaim, and handfuls of four and five star reviews from The Times, The Independent, The Guardian and Financial Times.
Armonico Consort’s current and future plans include performances of Fauré and Rutter’s Requiem, a tour of Bach’s St Matthew Passion with international star Ian Bostridge, a recording of all of Bach’s Cantatas for Soprano with Gillian Keith on the Signum label, and the continuation of its acclaimed tour with wine critic and broadcaster Oz Clarke.
Past highlights include performing 'The Magic Flute' at the Barbican, joining forces with Nicola Benedetti for Vivaldi’s Violin Concertos at the Hampton Court Palace Festival, Elgar’s 'Dream of Gerontius' with the Philharmonia and large scale performances with thousands of AC Academy young singers at the Royal Albert Hall. Over the years, the group has also worked with many inspirational names, including Jeremy Irons, Dame Judi Dench and Dame Evelyn Glennie.
One of the proudest achievements of Armonico Consort is the foundation of its education programme, AC Academy, which provides free first-class music education to children from all backgrounds across the UK through the creation of in-school and after-school choirs. Over 150,000 children have benefitted from AC Academy thus far, and the scheme currently reaches 15,000 young people a year.
AC Academy works in partnership with six music hubs across the country, in a relationship which sees regular performances with many thousands of AC Academy young singers in some of the greatest concert venues, including the world famous Royal Albert Hall. One of AC Academy’s biggest successes is its choir creation scheme. This sees teachers trained as music leaders, mentored by the group’s specialist facilitators, leaving behind the legacy of a choir that lasts forever. 2016 marks the half-way point in the project of creating 300 new choirs and 300 choir leaders, which will see up to half a million children benefit from access to choral singing.
Armonico Consort is grateful to many funders for making these ventures possible. Arts Council England, Youth Music and many regional authorities across the UK are just some of the statutory funders who invest in our projects. However, our work would not be possible without the generous support of many charitable trusts, businesses and individuals, and we are enormously grateful to all of them.