The Academy of Ancient Music travels to the Vienna of Empress Maria Theresa – where genius paid court, and music flourished in magnificent (and unexpected) new ways.

They called her the ‘mother-in-law of Europe’, but as monarch, war-leader, diplomat and patron of the arts, the Empress Maria Theresa of Austria was one or the most extraordinary rulers in European history. Tonight, the Academy of Ancient Music pays homage: recreating an era of splendour, innovation and music without limits.

Some of the names need no introduction – and Gluck, Haydn and the young Mozart were just some of the stars who shone around Maria Theresa’s throne. But just as the Empress herself defied convention, so the Academy of Ancient Music will explore some more neglected names too: Maria Theresa Agnesi, Marianna Martines and Maria Antonia Walpurgis, composers of striking originality and inspiration who flourished during the reign of a truly exceptional woman.

A free pre-concert talk will take place at 6.30pm in the auditorium.

Tickets for this concert are available to purchase as part of a multi-buy: see the Barbican website for more details.

Academy of Ancient Music
Laurence Cummings, conductor
Concert details
Agnesi Licenza from Sofonsiba
Haydn Symphony No. 48 'Maria Theresa'
Martinez Berenice, che fai
Hasse Sinfonia from Ruggiero
Martinez Keyboard Concerto
Gluck 'Non vi turbate' from Alceste
Agnesi Symphony in D major
Academy of Ancient Music
Laurence Cummings conductor
Concert date(s)
Milton Court Concert Hall, London
Thursday, 23 November 2023 | 7.30pm
Tickets: £35 – £5
Box office: 020 7101 1188