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The Academy of St Martin in the Fields orchestra performs fresh, brilliant interpretations of the world’s most loved classical music.

Founded by Sir Neville Marriner in 1958, his vision and inspiration keep the Academy sound and spirit alive. Today we are led artistically by our Music Director virtuoso violinist Joshua Bell, and the membership of the orchestra who create an annual programme of inspirational and inventive performances. We are known for our polished and refined sound, with performances rooted in outstanding musicianship. And whilst our focus is the Classical era, we are never afraid to perform something completely new. Each year we also work with some of the world’s most talented soloists and directors. We re-invent ourselves from a large chamber orchestra to a small chamber group, so that we can perform the music at its very best.

We are not reliant on any one venue but travel the world, playing a huge variety of venues from church halls to the grandest concert halls in Europe. Our commitment to international touring means our music is equally loved in New York and Nuremberg. Whilst our heritage and roots are in the church of St Martin-in-the-Fields, London, our mission is to bring our unique interpretation of classical music to all parts of London, all parts of Britain, indeed all parts of the World.

We also have a responsibility to the future. So we spend time with young musicians, in schools, in music colleges and with people who are less privileged because we truly believe our music can make a difference to their lives. We enjoy our work and want to enthuse our audiences, re-pay our supporters and partner our sponsors.

The brilliant sound of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Come and hear us soon.

Click below for our biography for the 2014-2015 season:

ASMF Biography – 2014-2015

All concerts information published on is subject to change.


Making Music

"Making Music: Neville Marriner and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields" is available to purchase through our website. In this stylish hardback, Christian Tyler chronicles this rare and most productive of relationships which has spanned 50 years. Drawing upon archive material, as well as interviews with many of those who have contributed to the success of the orchestra, "Making Music" paints a unique portrait both of the orchestra and of Sir Neville Marriner himself.

The books are available for £25 plus postage and packaging.

To order your copy please call 020 7702 1377.

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