Academy of Ancient Music has unveiled plans for the second part of its 2021/22 season, following the stunning success of its inaugural concert under new Music Director Laurence Cummings [pictured] (Haydn’s Creation, Barbican Hall 28th September).
The orchestra continues to explore New Worlds, from enchanted forests to European voyages and South American adventures.

Upcoming Performances

NEW WORLDS: THE ENCHANTED FOREST
Weds 27 Oct 2021, 7.30pm – West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
Thurs 28 Oct 2021, 7.30pm – Milton Court Concert Hall, London
Handel weaves spells, Rameau dances with gods, and Francesco Geminiani creates an enchanted forest on this magical history tour with outstanding narrator Josette Simon OBE, Laurence Cummings and Academy of Ancient Music. Welcome to baroque theatre – where storylines were fantastic, effects were spectacular and composers were conjurors, summoning entire supernatural worlds. An evening of words and truly enchanted music.

NEW WORLDS: SOUTH AMERICA
Weds 24 Nov 2021, 7.30pm – West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
Thurs 25 Nov 2021, 7.30pm – Milton Court Concert Hall, London
Academy of Ancient Music travels from Rome to Peru, tracing the remarkable journey of Domenico Zipoli: priest, traveller and composer extraordinaire. Zipoli began his career as a student of Scarlatti in Rome, and ended it as one of the most striking European voices in the music of South America. Today, Laurence Cummings and AAM uncover his legacy and his world, in company with a group of singers who’ve become a byword for sonic adventure, VOCES8. Zipoli’s own rich and expressive sacred music takes its place alongside the works that inspired him: music by Palestrina, Pasquini, Scarlatti and Gabrieli, as well as the indigenous voices of South America itself.

NEW WORLDS: TRAVELOGUE
Weds 16 Feb 2022, 7.30pm – West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
Fri 18 Feb 2022, 7.30pm – Milton Court Concert Hall, London
Laurence Cummings, Anna Dennis, Thomas Walker and AAM follow the 17th century adventures of Nicholas Lanier, the first Master of the King’s Music who forever changed the course of British music when he embarked on a voyage across Europe. 

NEW WORLDS: EXILE
Weds 9 Mar 2022, 7.30pm – West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
Thurs 10 Mar 2022, 7.30pm – Milton Court Concert Hall, London
Superstar mezzo-soprano Ann Hallenberg, Laurence Cummings and AAM follow Joseph Haydn to 18th century London, in a concert of thrilling emotional extremes featuring some of the composer’s most enduring and imaginative music.

ST JOHN PASSION
Fri 15 Apr 2022, 2.30pm – Barbican Hall, London
On Good Friday, Laurence Cummings and AAM bring all their insight and commitment to the rarely heard 1725 version of JS Bach’s St John Passion, a towering and intensely human version of the Passion story.

NEW WORLDS: LA TURQUIE
Weds 18 May 2022, 7.30pm – West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
Thurs 19 May 2022, 7.30pm – Milton Court Concert Hall, London
Peter Whelan directs AAM in the glitter and pomp of the French court, as Lully, Rameau and their contemporaries look East and evoke the world of the Ottoman Empire from a very French perspective.

NEW WORLDS: GENIUS
Sun 1 Jul 2022, 7.30pm – Barbican Hall, London

Laurence Cummings closes his first season as AAM Music Director with Mozart’s ‘Jupiter’ symphony, played with all the clarity and verve of a virtuoso period-instrument orchestra. First, though, a flourish of end-of-season fireworks as Cummings joins former AAM Music Director Richard Egarr and Mozartian extraordinaire Robert Levin in a joyous triple concerto.