AAM Musicians’ Fund – thank you!

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We’d like to extend our sincere thanks to all of our generous donors who have given in aid of our AAM Musicians’ Support fund. You have helped provide much-needed relief to our struggling players, stranded as they are without concerts and recordings; their means of income essentially wiped out.

 

The response from our audience base has been nothing short of tremendous, with nearly £30,000 raised in just four weeks, exceeding AAM’s initial target of £25,000. Moreover, many of you touchingly shared your reasons for supporting AAM and the importance of preserving the finest music of antiquity during this difficult time for all:

 

“I love AAM and I hope we can all enjoy their concerts when the world’s order is restored again!”

“In these hard times, the wonderful AAM musicians deserve our support.”

“I have enjoyed your wonderful music for so many years.”

“Because I could not live without music.”

“I owe AAM a great deal so the opportunity to donate is much appreciated.”

“In support of all the marvellous AAM musicians and staff through the months ahead.”

“We will need all the musicians to help get us through the Covid-19 outbreak and  to give us relief from the news.”

“Thinking of you all and listening a lot on Spotify to your albums, which I hope also helps.”

“Musicians and music like other performance give so much joy. It is terrible to see this pandemic depriving them of the opportunity to create and earn income.”

“We have enjoyed lots of your concerts at West Road and look forward to enjoying many more when all this is behind us. Best wishes and stay well.”

“Sorry that your great team are temporarily grounded.  Look forward to your return in due course!”

“I love music… and appreciate so much your offering 1 hour and 45 minutes of Handel’s Heroines | Live in Concert … THANK YOU!”

As a special thank you, our orchestra leader, violinist Bojan Čičić, has made a short film, performing the Gavotte en Rondeau from JS Bach’s Partita in E major, BWV1006, which we hope you will enjoy. We’re also thrilled to be able to share regular full-concert broadcasts as part of our #StreamingSundays series, premiering streams of performances from earlier in our season, each Sunday at 3pm. We hope that this music can provide a measure of relief during these uncertain times, bringing stunning performances of masterpieces and lesser-known gems of the repertoire into your homes with top-notch audio and visual quality.

 

We very much look forward to welcoming you back to live AAM concerts and events just as soon as we are able, and thank you once again on behalf for the entire orchestra and organisation.

 

With best wishes,

 

Alexander Van Ingen

Chief Executive | Academy of Ancient Music

 

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Enjoy a special musical thank-you from the Academy of Ancient Music’s leader, Bojan Čičić.

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22 March 2020 | Handel’s Heroines – with Mary Bevan and Jennifer France

Sopranos Mary Bevan and Jennifer France alongside the Academy of Ancient Music, directed by Laurence Cummings, in a concert programme featuring some of Handel’s most glorious writing for soprano.

Recorded live at Cambridge’s West Road Concert Hall, 12 March 2020.

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29 March 2020 | Sound the Trumpet – with David Blackadder and Soraya Mafi

Royal Wedding trumpeter David Blackadder joins soprano Soraya Mafi, director Chad Kelly and the Academy of Ancient Music for Sound the Trumpet, with music by Purcell, Handel, Bach, Torelli and Galuppi.

Recorded live at Leeds Town Hall, 16 March 2020.

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05 April 2020 | Beethoven and Witt – with Chen Reiss

Chen Reiss and the Academy of Ancient Music under the direction of Christoph Altstaedt present the 4th Symphonies of Beethoven and Friederich Witt, along with stunning concert arias for soprano.

Recorded live at the Germanisches National Museum in Nuremberg, 4 March 2020.

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12 April 2020 | Handel’s Messiah – with soloists from VOCES8

The Academy of Ancient Music presents Handel’s beloved oratorio Messiah, joined by VOCES8, Apollo5 and the choir of the VOCES8 Foundation under the direction of Barnaby Smith.

Recorded live at the Chapel of Trinity College Cambridge, 3 December 2019.

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19 April 2020 | Bach & Haydn – with Viktoria Mullova and James Hall

Internationally acclaimed violinist Viktoria Mullova and rising young countertenor James Hall join Richard Egarr and the Academy of Ancient Music for a concert of Bach, Haydn and Grimani.

Recorded live at London’s Milton Court Concert Hall, 20 November 2019.

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26 April 2020 | The Marriage of Figaro

Mozart’s terrific comic opera, The Marriage of Figaro in a concert performance by Richard Egarr, the Academy of Ancient Music and a stunning cast of soloists.

Recorded live at London’s Barbican Hall, 4 July 2019, in partnership with The Grange Festival.

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03 May 2020 | The Art of the Lute – with Thomas Dunford

The virtuosic Thomas Dunford joins the Academy of Ancient Music to showcase the lute, performing and directing works by Vivaldi, Bach and Buxtehude.

Recorded live at London’s Milton Court Concert Hall, 20 February 2020.

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