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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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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We are delighted to now be back in concert halls – there is no better feeling than experiencing music live in person! Things have opened back up just in time for Armonico’s 20th birthday and we have an exciting season ahead. Visit ‘What’s On’ for full information and ticket booking.

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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.

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Armonico's workplace choir scheme

There’s never been a better time to invest in the health and happiness of your workforce.

There is strong scientific evidence that singing helps reduce stress and improves mental and physical well-being. Our research shows it boosts productivity too.

Voice Squad is Armonico Consort’s workplace choir scheme which brings employees from across the business together in a social and fun activity to help create a happier, more productive, workforce.

Find out more about Voice Squad half-day workshops and longer term choir creation.

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What's On

ST MATTHEW PASSION

St Matthew Passion: 01/07/2021 - 04/09/2021

International tenor Ian Bostridge and operatic bass baritone Sir Willard White join the world class period instrumentalists and singers of Armonico Consort to bring Bach’s masterpiece to life. Whatever your own spiritual beliefs, everyone should hear St Matthew Passion at least once, and there’s no more immediate way to experience it than in this performance.

CARMINA BURANA

Carmina Burana: 07/07/2021 - 07/07/2021

Join us for a programme of some of the most incredible choral works of all time at one of the greatest concert venues, the Royal Albert Hall. Armonico Consort’s choir and orchestra will unite with international Soprano Lucy Crowe, Baritone, and Kathleen Ferrier Award winner, Gareth Brynmor John, and the AC Academy choirs for this

VICTORIA REQUIEM

Victoria Requiem : 17/07/2021 - 17/07/2021

Coming Soon! The final work of Tomás Luis de Victoria and probably the greatest polyphonic work written, the Requiem, or ‘Officium Defunctorum’, is an intensely expressive masterpiece. The mass in six parts was written in 1605 for the funeral of the daughter of Spanish Emperor Charles V and represents the pinnacle of both Victoria’s art

VIVALDI THE FOUR SEASONS WITH JENNIFER PIKE

Vivaldi The Four Seasons with Jennifer Pike: 31/07/2021

One of the greatest concertos ever written, the colourful brilliance of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons is a testament to how it has stood the test of time. Comprising of four separate violin concertos, each of which is based around a poem depicting each season, the vibrant melodies and virtuosity of The Four Seasons have made

ARMONICO CONSORT 20TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION TOUR

Armonico Consort's 20th Birthday Spectacular: 18/09/2021 - 16/10/2021

Over the past 20 years, Armonico Consort has secured a reputation for staging spectacular large-scale concerts in ‘medieval surround sound’ which have earned us several 5 star reviews in the national press along the way. What better way to celebrate our 20th birthday milestone than with a tour of our most epic concert to date,

OZ & ARMONICO: GIN & PHONIC

Oz & Armonico Drink to Music: Gin & Phonic!: 13/10/2021

In the third instalment of this hugely successful programme, the Oz & Armonico team investigate the highs and lows (mainly highs) of the relationship between gin, music and humans over the centuries. International wine expert, author and TV presenter Oz Clarke returns to host the perfect evening of music, gin, incredible facts and blunt fiction.

THE ARMED MAN

The Armed Man: 06/11/2021 - 10/11/2021

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

MESSIAH

Messiah: 08/12/2021 - 23/12/2021

As much a Christmas tradition as mince pies and holly wreaths, Handel’s Messiah is the musical essential of the festive season. Christopher Monks leads the finest period musicians of Armonico Consort and a starry line-up of soloists in this performance of Handel’s iconic work.

COME AND SING AT CHRISTMAS WITH JOHN RUTTER

We are delighted to present this festive vocal workshop day led by one of the greatest composers and arrangers of Christmas Carols ever to have lived, John Rutter. Whatever your level and age, join us in the exquisite setting of Coventry Cathedral where John will lead you through some favourites from his vast catalogue of

CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT

Carols by Candlelight: 20/12/2021

Our traditional Carols by Candlelight will once again take place in the enchanting setting of the Collegiate Church of St Mary, Warwick. Featuring our incredible AC Academy Scholars, Christmas music from centuries both old and new will merge to create a sublime festive evening. This performance has been generously supported by David Phillips & Phillips

F. SCARLATTI & J.S. BACH WITH RACHEL PODGER

F. SCARLATTI & J.S. BACH WITH RACHEL PODGER: 29/01/2022 - 05/02/2022

If you love both the splendid choral grandeur of Bach and Handel, but also the polychoral works of the Venetian baroque and the ornate complexity of Tallis’s Spem in Alium, the programme of Francesco Scarlatti’s rarely performed works must not be missed. To complement these incredible works, international violinist Rachel Podger returns to treat both

ARMONICO CONSORT – ON DEMAND

While we're waiting in the wings to return to the concert hall, Armonico Consort is bringing the music to you. Explore our brand-new On Demand concert series featuring some of the Consort's favourite early music repertoire now available for you to experience at home.

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Volunteers wanted for new Memory Choir for people with dementia

We’re on the hunt for warm, empathetic and enthusiastic volunteers to help Armonico Consort run our latest project - a Memory Choir in Warwick for people living with dementia and their carers.
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King’s Singer Edward Button on lockdown life

In the second of our short series of interviews with our fabulous freelance musicians, we chat to King's Singer Edward Button who has been involved in several of Armonico Consort's new streamed concerts featuring some of our favourite early music repertoire, from Byrd to Bach.
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