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

Beowulf Tour

Armonico Consort & AC Academy Singers: 20/05/2019 - 19/07/2019

Join Armonico Consort in the retelling of Beowulf, one of the world’s greatest mythical tales, in an evening of musical entertainment.  Discover a legendary time of heroes and warriors as prince Beowulf battles demons and magical beasts, narrated by special Guests Oliver Phelps, star of the Harry Potter films, Julian Glover, Star Wars Actor, The … Read more…

Love Handels

Armonico Consort & Baroque Players: 23/05/2019 - 24/05/2019

Along with two of our finest soloists, Armonico Consort will perform some of the most beautiful arias and duets from Handel and other baroque masters. These wonderful works will be paired with letters, poetry and tales of love to create an entrancing evening of musical delight.  The reader for the evening will be Oz Clarke. Programme … Read more…

Purcell Dido & Aeneas & Pergolesi Stabat Mater

Armonico Consort and Baroque Players: 05/06/2019 - 06/03/2019

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. Armonico Consort, one of the largest and most innovative organisations of its kind in the UK, perform in this stunning and dramatic concert performance of the first masterpiece in English opera. … Read more…

Intimate Evenings with Armonico: Love Handels

Armonico Consort & Baroque Players: 06/06/2019 - 07/06/2019

Along with two of our finest soloists, Armonico Consort will perform some of the most beautiful arias and duets from Handel and other baroque masters. These wonderful works will be paired with letters, poetry and tales of love to create an entrancing evening of musical delight. This performance will be part of our Intimate Evenings … Read more…

News

Anna and Gaynor chat to BBC Coventry & Warwickshire’s Culture Club show

Our intrepid AC Academy Scholar, Anna, joined Gaynor (Head of Education) for a live interview on BBC Radio Coventry & Warwickshire’s Culture Club show. They chatted to presenter Dave Marshall Barrett about our new scholarship scheme supporting young people to take their singing to the next level.  And you get to hear a clip of ... Read more...
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Introducing the first AC Academy Scholars

Last autumn we welcomed our very first AC Academy Scholars to the Armonico Consort fold. Lara, Anna, Ella and Josh are four wonderfully talented young singers from schools in Coventry and Warwick who haven’t previously had access to professional singing lessons. Singing has a wealth of social, educational and well-being benefits that are constantly evidenced ... Read more...
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THE TIMES

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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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