Tour round up: January 2018

UK & Ireland Tour with Joshua Bell

12 – 25 January 2018
London, Dublin, Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham, Nottingham and Bristol


  • Vivaldi The Four Seasons
  • Edgar Meyer Overture for Violin and Orchestra
  • Beethoven Symphony No. 2

In this seven-date tour the Academy’s Music Director Joshua Bell, one of today’s most celebrated violinists, starred as soloist in Vivaldi’s ever popular Four Seasons, offered up the UK premiere of a vibrant new work for violin and orchestra written by his good friend and collaborator Edgar Meyer, and directed Beethoven’s exuberant Symphony No. 2.




Read reviews of the tour’s concerts from:

The Scotsman – “it’s a joy to watch an ensemble in which every musician seems so engaged”

Bachtrack – “an astounding performance”

The Edinburgh Guide – “It was one of the finest renditions I have ever heard of this well-known work”

The Arts Desk – “full of life and imagination”

Nottingham Post – “The performance had all the ASMF’s hallmarks: tightness of ensemble, transparency of textures and plenty of rhythmic bounce.”


Hear the BBC’s Radio 3 in Concert broadcast of the final concert of the tour, live from Bristol’s Colston Hall on Thursday 25 January 2018. Presented by Nicola Heywood Thomas.



Listen to Edgar Meyer and Joshua Bell talking about the new Overture for Violin and Orchestra in our latest podcast:


Watch footage of our rehearsals with Joshua Bell at Cadogan Hall, and hear reactions from audience members following our concert performance of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons:


Read comments from audience members on Twitter: