The Academy of St Martin in the Fields is pleased to announce its concerts and projects for the first half of 2022. Highlights include:

  • A specially-filmed performance of Concerto Grosso by Errollyn Wallen for the finale of The Beacon Project
  • Special guests including Dutch piano duo Lucas & Arthur Jussen and violinist Julia Fischer
  • Tours of Europe and America, including Music Director Joshua Bell [pictured] directing The Academy in a 13-date tour of the USA
  • Two concerts in The Academy’s namesake church, St Martin-in-the-Fields in London

Concerts in the USA

The Academy and its Music Director Joshua Bell travel to the USA for a 13-date tour from 22 February – 14 March. On this tour Bell will direct the Academy – his ‘musical family’ – in a programme of Mozart, Mendelssohn, Brahms and Beethoven, whilst taking centre stage performing Violin Concertos by Bach (Violin Concerto No.1 in A Minor), Dvořák (Violin Concerto A Minor, Op.53) and Barber (Violin Concerto, Op. 14).

The tour will encompass Rivercenter for the Performing Arts, Columbus (Tuesday 22 February); Knight Concert Hall, Miami (Saturday 26 February); Kravis Center, West Palm Beach (Monday 28 February and Tuesday 1 March); Community Church of Vero Beach (Thursday 3 March), Knight Concert Hall, Miami (Friday 4 March); Symphony Hall, Boston (Sunday 6 March); McCallum Theatre for the Performing Arts, Palm Desert (Tuesday 8 March); The Soraya, Northbridge (Thursday 10 March); Soka Performing Arts Centre, Aliso Viejo (11 March 2022); Jackson Hall, Davis (Saturday 12 March); Davies Hall, San Francisco (Sunday 13 March); and San Diego Civic Theatre, San Diego (Monday 14 March).

The following month, from Friday 8 – Wednesday 20 April, The Academy Wind Ensemble returns to the USA.The tour will see the ensemble travel to Savannah, Georgia (Friday 8 April);Atlanta, Georgia (Saturday 9 April); Waterford, Georgia (Sunday 10 April); Thomasville, Georgia (Tuesday 12 April); Tyron, North Carolina (Monday 18 April); and East Lansing, Michigan (Wednesday 20 April). They will perform a programme of Reinecke’s Trio for Oboe, Horn, and Piano, Mozart’s Quintet K.452, Brahms’ Sonata for Clarinet and Piano Op. 120, No. 2 and Beethoven’s Quintet Op. 16.

Final instalment of The Beacon Project

The final instalment of the Beacon Project will be released in January. Launched in November, The Beacon Project is a new digital offering from the Academy, consisting of three new performance films of Nightscape by Eleanor AlbergaPartita by Sally Beamish, and Concerto Grosso by Errollyn Wallen with the aim of shining a light on ‘beacons’ of contemporary music. The finale to The Academy’s three digital performances will be Errollyn Wallen’s Concerto Grosso which will be streamed for free on the Academy’s Facebook and YouTube pages in mid-January (date to be announced). Wallen’s vibrant composition, Concerto Grosso, provides a new take on the baroque concerto style, combining dance elements, the buoyant rhythms of the period and popular music. Filmed in the atmospheric surroundings of St John’s Smith Square and Henry Wood Hall the performance films showcase the musicians of the Academy, as conducted by John Butt. Marking an expansion of the Academy’s work supporting music learning in schools and its first educational project for Key Stage 1 children, the orchestra has also created a variety of educational materials for 5-7 year-olds inspired by the three works.

Concerts in Europe with Special Guests

On Friday 25 March, The Academy are delighted to be joined by the Jussen brothers piano duo once again, for a concert at Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg. Arthur and Lucas Jussen will perform a programme including Mozart’s Concerto for 2 Pianos No.10, K365 (316a), Eb Major and Bach’s Concerto for 2 Harpsichords, No.2, BWV 1061, C Major.

In May, celebrated violinist and friend of The Academy, Julia Fischer, will join the chamber orchestra as it embarks on a European tour, in a programme including Mozart’s Violin Concerto No.4 in D majorK.218, rondos by Schubert and Mozart and symphonies by Haydn and Shostakovich. Other gems will include Britten’s Variation on a theme of Frank Bridge op.10, Suk’s Serenade in Eb major, op.6 and Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir d’un lieu cher Op.42, which Fischer has previously recorded with pianist Yakov Kreizberg but is here heard with The Academy in the orchestral arrangement by Glazunov.

Starting in Germany, the performances will be at Coesfeld (Sunday 1 May), Braunschweig (Monday 2 May), Hamburg (Tuesday 3 May), Berlin (Wednesday 4 May), Frankfurt (Friday 6 May), Dusseldorf (Saturday 7 May), Hanover (Sunday 8 May), Munich (Monday 9 May), Heilbronn (Tuesday 10 May) and Cologne (Tuesday 10 May). The tour then continues in Vaduz, Lichtenstein (Friday 13 May) before moving on to Spain where they perform in Oviedo (Tuesday 17 May), Madrid (Wednesday 18 May), Alicante (Thursday 19 May) and, finally, Barcelona (Friday 20 May).

Concerts at St Martin-in-the-Fields with Tomo Keller

The Academy returns to its spiritual home, St Martin-in-the-Fields in London, in the new year. The Academy performs a programme of Caroline Shaw’s Entr’acte, Haydn’s Symphony No.91 in E-flat major and Mozart’s Violin Concerto No.4 in D major K.218 with the Academy’s leader Tomo Keller as soloist(Tuesday 25 January). Then, following tours in USA and Europe, they will return to London for a performance including the ever popular The Lark Ascending by Vaughan Williams, also performed by leader Tomo Keller (Thursday 30 June).

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