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

Monteverdi Vespers Of 1610

Armonico Consort & Baroque Orchestra: 19/05/2017 - 06/10/2017

Oz & Armonico Drink to Music!

Armonico Consort & Baroque Players: 01/07/2017 - 23/10/2017

Beowulf

Armonico Consort & AC Academy Singers: 10/10/2017 - 13/10/2017

Come & Sing with John Rutter

We are delighted to present this vocal workshop day led by one of the greatest British composers and conductors, John Rutter.

Handel’s Messiah

Armonico Consort & Baroque Orchestra: 19/11/2017 - 07/12/2017

Handel’s Fireworks

Armonico Consort & Baroque Orchestra: 02/12/2017

Carols by Candlelight

Traditional and new carols ignited by candlelit warmth - truly the perfect end to the year.

Biber’s Missa Salisburgensis à 53

Armonico Consort performs the largest surviving composition of sacred music of the Baroque period.

News

Beowulf Diary, 21 July 2017, Christopher Monks, conductor

About two years ago the soprano Elin Manahan Thomas came to me having just worked on another project elsewhere with our composer in residence, Toby Young.  She, like I was really taken by his music and his ability to work proactively and inspiringly with the musicians he was writing for. Elin convinced me that the ... Read more...
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Beowulf Diary, 12 July 2017, AJ & Chloe from Strictly join us for a dance workshop

We’re working hard on our big creative project of the autumn, a new musical adaptation of the fantasy saga Beowulf. So we were thrilled when Strictly Come Dancing’s newest stars AJ Pritchard and Chloe Hewitt agreed to lead a dance workshop for 15 pupils of St Elizabeth’s Primary School in Coventry. AJ and Chloe reached ... Read more...
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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