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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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

Intimate Evenings with Armonico – the Glory of Old England

Armonico Consort: 28/09/2018 - 28/09/2018

Experience the sound of Armonico Consort in a more intimate setting than our usual concerts, as we return to one of the signature programmes with which the Consort made its name 15 years ago.

Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man: a Mass for Peace

Armonico Consort and AC Academy: 09/09/2018 - 09/11/2018

Commissioned by the Royal Armouries to mark the new millennium, Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man is dedicated to the victims of the Kosovo conflict, whose tragedy was unfolding as it was being composed. Blending genres and cultures, and embracing the full range of emotions that the war evokes, Jenkins conveys a powerful message for world … Read more…

They Shall Grow Not Old

Armonico Consort: 11/11/2018 - 11/11/2018

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armistice, Timothy West retells takes from the Great War alongside music performed by Armonico Consort, reflecting on and remembering those who gave everything for our freedom. Allegri | Miserere Mei Elgar | Lux Aeterna (Nimrod from Enigma Variations) Barber | Agnus Dei (Adagio for Strings) Byrd | Ave … Read more…

The Advent of Christmas

Armonico Consort & Orchestra: 07/12/2018 - 21/12/2018

The majesty of Bach and the exuberance of Charpentier create the perfect way to begin the festive celebrations. Wachet Auf, the Advent Cantata, brings Bach’s most famous melody which has inspired composers, artists and even Lloyds Bank! Bach’s genius for melody and counterpoint found in the Cantata is paired with the delightful quirks of structure … Read more…

Carols by Candlelight

Armonico Consort: 08/12/2018 - 20/12/2018

A highlight of the festive season, this enchanting evening will lift your spirits as we approach this magical time of the year. Join us in the stunning candlelit surroundings of the Collegiate Church of St Mary and enjoy a mix of seasonal favourites, well-known carols and new discoveries. Kindly sponsored by David Phillips and Phillips … Read more…

J.S. Bach Easter Oratorio & H. Biber Missa Bruxellensis à 23

Armonico Consort & Baroque Players: 26/01/2019 - 01/02/2019

Armonico Consort has cemented its reputation in recreating authentic performances of baroque music created on an epic scale.  They have earned 5 star reviews from the Times through the courage and theatrical drama of these spectacular recreations. Biber’s Missa Bruxellensis à 23 follows on from the majestic enormity of the Missa Salisburgensis, with groups of … Read more…

News

Looking back on a Supersize Summer

This summer we’ve been touring our flagship programme Supersize Polyphony 360 with the Choir of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge and their director of music, Dr Geoffrey Webber. The concept is simple: take large scale 16th century polyphonic choral music and perform it with the audience encircled by the choir to create a completely immersive ... Read more...
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Bach Cantatas in Israel – Time to fly!

Time to fly!  This week I’ll be travelling to Israel with Armonico Consort to perform three concerts, including two which will highlight our ongoing project to perform and record the solo soprano Cantatas of J.S. Bach.
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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

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