HELPING COMMUNITIES THROUGH THE POWER OF MUSIC

The Covid-19 pandemic highlighted the growing need for people across our communities to access the health and wellbeing, social and educational benefits of singing and music.

Our new Encore Appeal focuses on the three main strands of our work: singing workshops to bring high quality music education to schools in deprived areas; our Memory Singers work to improve the lives of people living with dementia; and empowering composition and performance workshops for children with special educational needs.

This work is more in demand than ever, and we need your help to deliver it.

Through our workshops in schools, we encourage young people to express themselves through music as part of a choir, building resilience and supporting mental health, cooperation and academic attainment.  We have been helping children and young people with special educational needs to discover their voices by creating original compositions which express their ideas, interests and experiences. In partnership with The Alzheimer’s Society, Armonico Consort has developed the UK’s first ever choir which brings together professional musicians and those living with dementia. Using music at its most powerful, this brings extraordinary results, particularly when we use our core baroque repertoire, with doctors often prescribing it rather than medicine, as it is simply more effective.

THROUGH THE ENCORE APPEAL, WE WILL ADDRESS THESE SITUATIONS HEAD ON, REVERSING THE DECLINE AND TACKLING THE NEGLECT, PROVIDING FOR THOSE IN NEED.

Generously Supported by Mr Roger Medwell MBE DL who will be giving 30p for every £1 donated, up to the first £100,000 raised.

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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DIDO & AENEAS

DIDO & AENEAS: 25/09/2024 - 25/09/2024

The incredible voices of William Towers countertenor, Eloise Irving and Hannah Fraser-Mackenzie, Sopranos, bring to life Pergolesi’s masterpiece, Stabat Mater. Demonstrating Baroque music at its finest, this provides a fitting partner to the excitement of Henry Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas. Dido & Aeneas has become a work at the heart of the British musical heritage.

NAKED BYRD 2

NAKED BYRD 2: 26/09/2024 - 03/10/2024

☆☆☆☆☆ “Splendid” Naked Byrd THE INDEPENDENT Ten years on from our most successful concert series and CD recordings to date, indulge yourself in the second part of our collection of the incredible world of choral music from the last 800 years, with simple raw emotion at its heart. Featuring some of the Greatest Choral music

AFRICA…A SINGING CONTINENT!

AFRICA…A SINGING CONTINENT!: 06/11/2024 - 14/11/2024

In 2020, Armonico Consort developed a partnership in Kenya to bring our Choir Creation programme to local organisations working with street children and vulnerable young people. The musical heritage of Kenyans is such a precious part of their community, and they were generous in sharing their songs with us. This amazing experience inspired us to

OZ & ARMONICO DRINK TO MUSIC; GIN & PHONIC

OZ & ARMONICO DRINK TO MUSIC; GIN & PHONIC: 23/07/2024 - 23/07/2024

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 FORGOTTEN SCARLATTI TOUR

THE FORGOTTEN SCARLATTI TOUR: 08/02/2024 - 29/07/2024

SPECTACULAR! THE GREATEST CLASSICAL MUSIC FIND OF THE CENTURY!’ Le Figaro   If you love both the splendid choral grandeur of Bach and Handel, but also the polychoral works of the Venetian Baroque and the ornate spacial complexity of Tallis’ Spem in Alium, this programme of Francesco Scarlatti’s rarely performed masterpieces in exclusive brand new

ARMONICO CONSORT FAMILY COME & SING

ARMONICO CONSORT FAMILY COME & SING : 29/07/2024 - 29/07/2024

Bring the whole family along to experience the incredible music of Francesco Scarlatti’s Dixit Dominus and Vivaldi’s Gloria in a fun, interactive singing workshop. No previous experience is needed. Singing alongside the Armonico Consort and accompanied by period instruments, you will be transported to a musical world you and your family will never forget. Multibuy

THE FAIRY QUEEN – HENRY PURCELL

THE FAIRY QUEEN - HENRY PURCELL: 21/06/2024 - 06/07/2024

For 15 years, Armonico Consort has been in demand by festivals in the UK and Europe to perform its inimitable version of Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas. The singers and actors of the company now turn their attention to Purcell’s greatest semiopera in a brand new semi-staged version with a specially adapted script from Shakespeare’s ‘Midsummer

ARMONICO CONSORT – ON DEMAND

Unable to come to our live concerts? 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.

News

Children with special educational needs steal the Royal Albert Hall show

Excitement overflowed at the Royal Albert Hall last week as children from Special Schools in Coventry performed their own newly-penned song to an audience of 5000 people. The youngsters from Baginton Fields Academy and Sherbourne Fields School, all of whom have moderate to profound special educational needs, performed their piece ...
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Encore Appeal Final Update: We’re Climbing Snowdon!

After a fantastic final Encore Appeal push, Armonico Consort's Christopher Monks confirms he (together with President Roger Medwell DL MBE and professional musicians) will climb Snowdon, carrying his keyboard on his back!
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THE INDEPENDENT

Dido & Aeneas – “The vocal ensembles are beautifully sparse and luminous and the instrumental playing is brightly streamlined.”

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