Beowulf – a Q&A with composer Toby Young

The original music for Beowulf was written by Toby Young, Armonico Consort’s composer-in-residence. We asked him about his influences and the all-important verdict of last year’s young singers.

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At home with the Voice Squad

We’re happy to report on the latest of our new Voice Squad choirs. What’s lovely, and different, about this particular Voice Squad choir is that, unlike our workplace choirs, this one is actually taking place at home – the home of the residents of Austin Heath Retirement Village in Warwick. The choir started just a

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Anna and Gaynor chat to BBC Coventry & Warwickshire’s Culture Club show

Our intrepid AC Academy Scholar, Anna, joined Gaynor (Head of Education) for a live interview on BBC Radio Coventry & Warwickshire’s Culture Club show. They chatted to presenter Dave Marshall Barrett about our new scholarship scheme supporting young people to take their singing to the next level.  And you get to hear a clip of

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Introducing the first AC Academy Scholars

Last autumn we welcomed our very first AC Academy Scholars to the Armonico Consort fold. Lara, Anna, Ella and Josh are four wonderfully talented young singers from schools in Coventry and Warwick who haven’t previously had access to professional singing lessons. Singing has a wealth of social, educational and well-being benefits that are constantly evidenced

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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

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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

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Bach Cantatas in Israel – Time to fly!

Time to fly! 

This week I’ll be travelling to Israel with Armonico Consort to perform three concerts, including two which will highlight our ongoing project to perform and record the solo soprano Cantatas of J.S. Bach.

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RAH Diary, 14 March 2018 – Watch the world come alight!

Take those with a passion and a belief in art and music, offer them support and training, give them a platform – and watch the world come alight!  WHY? The concerts we stage at the Royal Albert Hall for AC Academy projects serve a simple purpose: to bring together the different elements of our outreach

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RAH Diary, 10 March 2018 – AC Academy Warwick

On 10 March 1964, Simon & Garfunkel recorded “The Sounds of Silence.” We will perform this song at the Royal Albert Hall, in the cover version released by American heavy metal band Disturbed in 2015. Most appropriately, The Sound of Silence features in today’s vlog, taken during rehearsals at AC Academy Warwick.

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