For our final flourish of the summer term, we’re waving goodbye to lockdown with ‘Armonico Consort’s Unlocked Festival’ (15-17 July). Join us for three fabulous days of live recorded concerts, interviews, singing workshops, musical recollections, a virtual choir and more, all via Facebook and YouTube.
We are delighted to announce the first of a new series of live, recorded concerts – Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas – and look forward to a mini festival from 15-17 July.
We’re thrilled to launch Unlocking Baroque Memories – live music therapy, tailor-made for dementia sufferers, brought to you by Armonico Consort’s specialist baroque musicians and guest artists.
As part of our Virtual Royal Albert Hall Festival Week next week we’ll be hosting twice-daily Sing with Simon workshops, devised with the Over 60s in mind.
Never one to shy away from a crafty pint, our Artistic Director Christopher Monks has rounded up some of the wonderful world class artists Armonico Consort frequently works with and chats to them over a beer (or beverage of their choice).
Over 2,500 singers from our AC Academy projects will miss performing together at the Royal Albert Hall on Wednesday 3 June but that’s not going to stop us singing! We’re creating our very own version of AC Academy Does the Royal Albert Hall – virtually – so we can all get together and sing our hearts out from our own living rooms.
Mental Health Awareness Week is a great opportunity to remind ourselves of the extraordinary ability of music to benefit our mental and physical well-being. From reducing stress among employees and improving self-esteem in young people, adding to the quality of life for care home residents to reducing anxiety and depression amongst people with dementia, it’s official SINGING IS GOOD FOR YOU!
In response to Coronavirus restrictions, at the end of March Armonico Consort’s founder and Artistic Director, Christopher Monks, outlined how we were adapting our work and moving our tried-and-tested singing workshops into the virtual world to enable us to support schools, children at home, care homes and those caring for dementia sufferers.
The final part of their Kenya Diary from March sees Christopher Monks and Toby Young lead a workshop at a Maasai school, join the incredible Juakali Drummers, and visit a haven for girls caught up in drugs and prostitution. Along the way, they attempt to the learn the drums and are made honorary Maasai warriors
In the second of a three-part diary of their Choir Creation visit to Kenya, Christopher Monks and Toby Young experience two very contrasting situations – the first a centre for young boys rescued from the street, many of whom were orphans. The second, a school set in the middle of nowhere, almost tribal, and their first experience of the Kenyan Maasai heritage.