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 ‘20th Anniversary 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

COME & SING MOZART WITH CHRISTOPHER MONKS

COME & SING MOZART WITH CHRISTOPHER MONKS: 24/09/2022

For the first time in over 10 years, join the singers and soloists of Armonico Consort for the opportunity to sing Mozart’s iconic Requiem. Led by Armonico Consort’s Director, Christopher Monks, this workshop will explore the stylistic approaches of the group, alongside the vocal performance techniques which have earned Armonico Consort a string of 4

MOZART REQUIEM, HANDEL MUSIC FOR THE ROYAL FIREWORKS & ZADOK THE PRIEST

Also featuring Handel - The King Shall Rejoice: 30/09/2022 - 01/10/2022

Composed in the final year of his life, and completed by Süssmayr in the following year, Mozart’’s Requiem is one of the greatest choral works of all time, creating the inspiration for Requiem settings of the great composers for centuries to come. Whilst the Music for the Royal Fireworks are seen as a different musical generation

VICTORIA REQUIEM

VICTORIA REQUIEM: 26/11/2022

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 and Spanish

J.S. BACH CHRISTMAS ORATORIO BWV 248 PARTS 1, 3, 5, 6

J.S. BACH CHRISTMAS ORATORIO BWV 248 PARTS 1, 3, 5, 6 : 30/11/2022 - 06/12/2022

The Christmas Oratorio is a collection of cantatas composed for the festive season which celebrates Bach’s genius in writing intensely beautiful melody and counterpoint, alongside his flamboyant orchestral compositional style. Written for chorus & orchestra with fanfare-like trumpets and drums, and including some of the most virtuosic trumpet writing in history, it is impossible not

CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT

CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT: 19/12/2022

Carols by Candlelight has become a firm tradition of Armonico Consort’s festive programme over the past 20 years. What better way to enjoy the warmth and joy of the Christmas season than in the sublime candlelit setting of the Collegiate Church of St Mary Warwick for a feast of carols, combining traditional favourites and newly

THE PRESIDENT’S CAROLS AT WARWICK CASTLE

THE PRESIDENT'S CAROLS AT WARWICK CASTLE: 20/12/2022

Join a select group of Armonico Consort’s finest singers for this brand new and exclusive event as they welcome Christmas in the magnificent setting of the Great Hall at Warwick Castle. Arrive through the beautifully lit courtyard, past glittering trees, to the Great Hall where you can enjoy a welcoming drink and begin your Christmas

BIG BYRD! Featuring the English Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble

BIG BYRD! Featuring the English Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble: 28/01/2023 - 04/02/2023

Armonico Consort will be joined by the English Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of one of Britain’s greatest composers, William Byrd. This is a rare opportunity to immerse yourself in Byrd’s musical world, exploring his work as well as that of those who he influenced, and those who

J.S BACH ST MATTHEW PASSION

J.S BACH ST MATTHEW PASSION: 30/03/2023 - 31/03/2023

J.S. Bach vividly, passionately, and dramatically brings to life the tale of the Passion of Christ according to Matthew, in what is perhaps the greatest of all the Passion settings and without doubt one of the finest choral works ever composed. Whatever your own spiritual beliefs, it is work of genius, combining the most perfectly

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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Oz & Armonico’s 200 mile sponsored bike challenge

What is it that persuades wine writer and broadcaster Oz Clarke and Armonico Consort’s team of musicians and supporters, to come back for a fourth year of aching legs and saddle sores?!  Yes, Oz & Armonico are back on the road in September, cycling 200 miles over four days, giving mini-concerts in care homes, and aiming to raise £10,000 for Armonico’s ‘Memory Singers’ projects which bring the power of music to people living with dementia. 
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It Takes a City world premiere: Royal Albert Hall concert seals 20th anniversary celebrations

The Royal Albert Hall world premiere of It Takes A City by Toby Young, was one of Armonico Consort’s most epic events to date.   2000 young singers, soloists, symphony orchestra, chorus and bhangra dancers, performed spectacular new music written specially for our 20th anniversary. Conducted by Artistic Director Christopher Monks, the concert in May featured
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Dido & Aeneas – “The vocal ensembles are beautifully sparse and luminous and the instrumental playing is brightly streamlined.”

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