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

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

Armonico Consort & Baroque Players, English Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble: 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…

Supersize Polyphony 360 (rescheduled performance)

Armonico Consort and the Choir of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge: 02/02/2019 - 02/02/2019

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…

Oz & Armonico Drink to Music!

Armonico Consort: 23/08/2018 - 08/09/2018

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.

Carmina Burana (with AC Academy)

Armonico Consort & Orchestra: 08/03/2019 - 08/03/2019

Young people from our AC Academies Choirs will join Armonico Consort’s professional singers and orchestra to perform this extraordinary work, made famous most recently by The X Factor, to create a spectacular event which will set their hearts on fire.

Beowulf Tour

Armonico Consort & AC Academy Singers: 20/05/2019 - 18/07/2019

In a legendary time of heroes and warriors, prince Beowulf battles demons and magical beasts. The oldest surviving poem in Old English, Beowulf is a fantasy saga which has inspired countless retellings of the myth, including Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. Having formerly worked with the likes of Duran Duran and The Rolling Stones, Armonico … Read more…

News

The Voice Squad – new half-day workplace choir sessions

Drum roll please! And let’s hear it for The Voice Squad – our new workplace choirs scheme which aims to improve mental well-being, reduce stress and boost productivity. Off the back of a pilot project, we’ve launched half-day workplace choir sessions for businesses and organisations in the Coventry area. They can be tailored for between ... Read more...
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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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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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