Armonico Consort is a critically acclaimed UK choir and instrumental ensemble renowned for its inspiring concerts and imaginative singing education programme, AC Academy.

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About Us

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Inspiring audiences with passionate performances.

Critically acclaimed choir and instrumental ensemble Armonico Consort entertains audiences across the country with its high quality concerts, outstanding recordings and innovative projects. Drawing on the passions of forward-thinking founder and artistic director Christopher Monks, our professional singers and musicians perform inspiring programmes, spanning the Baroque to the present day.

Central to Armonico Consort is our education programme AC Academy, which reaches 15,000 children a year across the UK through its in-school Choir Creation Scheme and after-school AC Academy Choirs in partnership with music hubs nationwide.

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The legacy of a choir that lasts forever

AC Academy is Armonico Consort’s extensive and imaginative singing education programme, which reaches 15,000 young people a year offering life-changing experiences and first-class performance opportunities through fun and engaging singing projects.

The charity develops and supports choirs and choir leaders across the UK through its in-school Choir Creation Scheme, after school AC Academy Choirs and SEN projects, in partnership with music hubs nationwide and in collaboration with venues such as the Royal Albert Hall.

By 2020, we aim to create 300 children’s choirs and 300 choir leaders leaving a singing legacy across the country.

What's On

Oz & Armonico Drink to Music!

Armonico Consort & Baroque Players: 01/07/2017 - 01/05/2018

Join us for a relaxed evening of wine and music with Oz Clarke and taste wines from across the world, expertly guided by the UK’s best loved wine critic while being entertained with live music.

Oz & Armonico Drink Again!

Brand New Programme: 22/05/2018 - 25/05/2018

Enjoy a second sip of this entertaining programme of wine and music as the Uk’s best-loved wine critic, Oz Clarke and Armonico Consort take you from the British Isles to Mozart’s Vienna through an incredible journey of wine tasting, witty tales and gorgeous baroque music. You might even discover that it was the Brits who … Read more…

Purcell Dido and Aeneas & The Fairy Queen

Whilst Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas is the only complete opera written during his short life, it has become a work at the heart of British musical heritage. The epic tragedy of a queen, a soldier and an illicit love is told through a spectacularly rich array of music. Operas, as far as Purcell and ... Read more...

Supersize Polyphony 360

Armonico Consort & The Choir of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge: 22/06/2018 - 17/07/2018

Experience the world of Tallis’ 40-part Spem in Alium and Striggio’s 60-part Mass and be immersed in 360° surround sound Supersize Polyphony 360 is a celebration of large-scale works from the 16th century, performed surrounding the audience. The unique programme features epic motets, such as Tallis’ Spem in Alium and Striggio’s Ecce Beatam Lucem, alongside … Read more…

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RAH Diary, 14 March 2018 – Watch the world come alight!

Take those with a passion and a belief in art and music, offer them support and training, give them a platform – and watch the world come alight!  WHY? The concerts we stage at the Royal Albert Hall for AC Academy projects serve a simple purpose: to bring together the different elements of our outreach ... Read more...
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RAH Diary, 10 March 2018 – AC Academy Warwick

On 10 March 1964, Simon & Garfunkel recorded “The Sounds of Silence.” We will perform this song at the Royal Albert Hall, in the cover version released by American heavy metal band Disturbed in 2015. Most appropriately, The Sound of Silence features in today’s vlog, taken during rehearsals at AC Academy Warwick.
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Supersize Polyphony

THE TIMES

Splendid - Naked Byrd 2

THE INDEPENDENT

Dido & Aeneas – “The vocal ensembles are beautifully sparse and luminous and the instrumental playing is brightly streamlined.”

THE GUARDIAN