Perahia Plays Beethoven at the Barbican
The incomparable Murray Perahia celebrates the genius of Ludwig van Beethoven in Perahia Plays Beethoven, a four-concert series at London’s Barbican with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Over the course of the 2016/17 season, the acclaimed American applies his penetrating intellect and exquisite musicianship to the brilliant German’s much-loved piano concertos, play-directing all five from the piano.
21 November 2016 – Beethoven Piano Concerto Nos. 1 & 3
20 February 2017 – Beethoven Piano Concerto Nos. 2 & 4
7 April 2017 – Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5 (“Emperor”)
Joshua Bell at Cadogan Hall
19 January 2017
After delivering an explosive unconducted performance of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in 2015/16, Music Director and violin superstar Joshua Bell returns to play-direct the Academy in another iconic masterpiece, Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor. Two of Beethoven’s most popular works sit either side: the Egmont Overture, and “Pastoral” Symphony No. 6.
Martin Fröst at Cadogan Hall
2 February 2017
In an evening packed full of infectious melodies and toe-tapping rhythms, the sensational clarinettist Martin Fröst performs Copland’s jazz-influenced Clarinet Concerto, an exciting selection of Eastern European-inspired dances, and three thrillingly virtuosic arrangements of traditional Klezmer dances by his brother, Göran. We have arranged for a discount on early ticket bookings exclusively for you, our e-newsletter subscribers – scroll down for further details.
Amadeus Live at the Royal Albert Hall
14 October 2016
Winner of eight Academy Awards, four BAFTAs and four Golden Globes, Miloš Forman’s Amadeus will be brought to vivid life in the world premiere of Amadeus Live at the Royal Albert Hall. The soundtrack – which features excerpts from some of Mozart’s greatest works, including Don Giovanni, Le nozze di Figaro and the powerful Requiem – will be performed live by the Academy.
Choral Classics at St Martin-in-the-Fields
The Academy returns to its spiritual home – the church in which it gave its first performance in 1959 – to join forces with the exciting young-professional choir St Martin’s Voices for performances of two iconic choral works.
12 November 2016 – Fauré Requiem in D minor
15 July 2017 – Mozart Mass in C minor
On Tour in 2016/17
The Academy on Tour
First details of our 2016/17 touring activities are now also available in our new season brochure, with highlight tours including visits to the USA with Inon Barnatan, Australia with Joshua Bell and Europe with Cameron Carpenter, as well as multiple dates around the Europe with Sir Neville Marriner and Murray Perahia.
Check in regularly at our website for confirmation of our 2016/17 touring schedule and ticket booking links.
Introducing our first Composer in Residence
We are delighted to announce the appointment of Sally Beamish as our first ever Composer in Residence in 2016/17, in a partnership set to run until the end of our Diamond Jubliee Season in 2018/19. Beamish, who celebrates her own 60th birthday this season, is one of Britain’s best-known contemporary composers, renowned for her versatility. As Composer in Residence, Sally’s music will be a central part of our programming over the next three seasons, both in the UK and abroad, including past works and new commissions. We look forward to sharing our performances of Sally’s compositions with you over the next few years.
Still to come in 2015/16…
Sir Neville Marriner and Till Fellner
This Friday we celebrate Sir Neville Marriner’s 92nd birthday at Cadogan Hall in a programme of Mozart and Bizet with pianist Till Fellner, before finishing the 2015/16 London season as we started with the Chamber Ensemble in concert at Kings Place. We also continue to tour internationally well into the summer, so keep an eye on the ‘What’s On’ page of our website if you are hoping to catch us on our travels.