Welcoming live audiences back from May 22
We are delighted to be welcoming live audiences back to our ongoing concert series at St Martin-in-the-Fields in central London. Over the past few months we have broadcast our performances exclusively online and our orchestral series will continue to be shared with audiences online – as well as performed to an in-person audience.
In addition to our evening orchestral concerts, we are giving a series of Saturday lunchtime concerts. These chamber music concerts feature musicians from the Academy performing varied programmes all of which include works by living composers.
Online only from 13 May
Haydn & Mozart Concertos
Live on 22 May, 12:30pm
Chamber Concert 1: Mozart and Janáček
Live on 3 June, 7.30pm; online from 8 June
Miniatures and Mozart
Live on 12 June, 12:30pm
Chamber Concert 2: Duets, Trios and Quartets
Live on 5 July, 7.30pm; online from 9 July
Live on 24 July, 12:30pm
Chamber Concert 3: Four Violins
Live on 6 August, 7.30pm; online from 13 August
Ryan Wigglesworth & Sophie Bevan
Live on 21 August, 12:30pm
Chamber Concert 4: Postcards
Tickets to attend in person are on sale through the church of St Martin-in-the-Fields.
Evening concerts £26 – £9
Lunchtime concerts £20 – £5
Tickets to online concerts are £10
Click on the concert titles above to book tickets.
Find out more about the series
Each programme presents a mix of music: great core repertoire that we are renowned for as well as a feast of contemporary works, including movements from Errollyn Wallen’s Concerto Grosso; the London premiere of the Academy’s former Composer in Residence Sally Beamish’s Ariel for solo flute; Thea Musgrave’s Impromptu No.1; and Tunde Jegede’s Breath of Life, Jonny Greenwood’s Postcard for solo cello and Nainita Desai’s Root to Order (all BBC Postcards). Guest artists include conductor John Butt, mandolinist Avi Avital, conductor Ryan Wigglesworth and soprano Sophie Bevan.
As well as this series of concerts, we performed an abridged version of Handel’s Messiah at the church, with St Martin’s Voices conducted by Andrew Earis. The performance was illuminated by images projected on to the East Window, created by Nina Dunn Studio.
“We are delighted to be returning for a second series at St Martin-in-the-Fields and it is wonderful for the Academy to showcase our musicians, and interesting and sometimes unexpected programmes. I am also excited that we will be performing Handel’s Messiah at Easter, collaborating with brilliant lighting designers Nina Dunn Studio. We firmly believe in the power of music to move and comfort people, and this is so important in these challenging times. I am looking forward to being able to welcome audiences back to our live performances when it is safe to do so.” Alan Watt, Chief Executive of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields