Armonico Consort is the largest arts organisation of its type in the UK, with its choir, orchestra and opera company performing unique programmes. The group find new ways to bring classical music to modern audiences, with concerts such as 'Supersize Polyphony' and 'Naked Byrd', and operas in English translation, including 'Too Hot to Handel', 'Baroque Around the Block' and 'Monteverdi’s Flying Circus'.
The group prides itself on working with only the finest talent, and its original (and occasionally unusual) approach to performing almost 50 concerts every year has earned it critical acclaim, including two 5 star reviews in The Times and The Independent.
The proudest achievement of Armonico Consort in the last twelve years is the foundation of AC Academy, a fully accessible and interactive education programme which has benefited over 100,000 young people, reaching 15,000 children across the UK each year. The specialist leaders of AC Academy work in partnership with the Royal Albert Hall in a relationship which saw 1300 AC Academy members perform at the venue in a gala concert in March 2013. Tackling the cuts to music education head on, its 'choir creation' project sees teachers trained as choir leaders. The intention is to create new choirs with sustainable leadership consisting of over 50,000 across the next 5 years.
In its first twelve years, the highlights of Armonico Consort's achievements include: The Magic Flute at The Barbican in London, Vivaldi's Violin Concertos at the Hampton Court Palace Festival with Nicola Benedetti and Carmina Burana at the RSC new Theatre with 350 AC Academy children. Amongst some of the inspirational names to have worked with the group are Jeremy Irons, Dame Judi Dench, Sir Willard White, Dame Emma Kirkby, Russell Watson and Dame Evelyn Glennie – the final four also being artistic patrons of Armonico Consort.
Future plans of Armonico Consort include a tour of St Matthew Passion with Sir Willard White, an AC Academy gala concert at Birmingham Symphony Hall and a UK tour of our family opera 'Baroque Around the Block'.
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 work. However, our work would not be possible without the generous support of many charitable trusts, businesses and private individuals, and we are enormously grateful to all of them.