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.

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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

Messiah

Messiah: 05/12/2019 - 21/12/2019

Armonico Consort brings to life the world’s greatest oratorio, and for so many a traditional opening of their Christmas celebrations. Performed on instruments of the period with the greatest young soloists from Armonico Consort, Handel’s masterpiece continues to be held close to the heart of both Armonico Consort and the millions who adore it. There

Carols by Candlelight

Carols by Candlelight: 18/12/2019 - 18/12/2019

Our traditional Carols by Candlelight will once again take place in the enchanted setting of the Collegiate Church of St Mary, Warwick. Featuring our incredible AC Academy Scholars, Christmas music both centuries old and new will merge to create a sublime festive evening.

J.S. BACH MASS IN B MINOR

J.S. BACH MASS IN B MINOR: 31/01/2020 - 06/03/2020

It could be argued that J.S. Bach’s Mass in B Minor should have been titled ‘Bach’s Greatest Hits’, for that is what Bach himself aimed to achieve with this masterpiece. Composed over the final 25 years of his life and completed just one year before he died, the Mass is scattered with music and references

THE KING’S SINGERS FEATURING AC ACADEMY SINGERS

The King's Singers featuring AC Academy Singers : 28/01/2020 - 28/01/2020

Following the success of our collaboration in October 2019, AC Academy will once again be teaming up with the world’s most famous vocal ensemble, the King’s Singers. Our Worcestershire AC Academy choirs look forward to joining the ensemble at Malvern Theatres as they perform repertoire from their recent recordings in addition to our newly commissioned

Dido & Aeneas

Dido & Aeneas: 18/06/2020 - 18/06/2020

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. The epic tragedy of a queen, a soldier and an illicit love is told through a spectacularly rich array of music. From the short life of one composer to another, Giovanni

News

Voice Squad workplace choirs bring Christmas cheer to Coventry

Hats off (scarves on) to our Voice Squad workplace choirs at Coventry City Council and University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire for warming a very chilly evening at the Coventry Christmas Lights switch-on with their rousing singing.
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Josh and Lara become Finzi Trust Scholars

Gerald Finzi (1901-1956) is one of the most significant figures in British 20th century music, particularly when it comes to choral and vocal music.  So we were delighted when the charitable trust set up in his memory agreed to support two of our AC Academy Scholars.
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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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