AAM announces 2021–22 season: New Worlds
The Academy of Ancient Music has announced the first part of its 2021–22 season, which includes eight performances across the Barbican, Milton Court and West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge. Further concerts at the Barbican and Milton Court will be announced in October 2021.
In a programme journeying to New Worlds, highlights of the season include a performance of Haydn’s The Creation with immersive digital projections designed by Nina Dunn (Tues 28 Sept 2021); a ‘magical history tour’ through works by Handel, Rameau and Geminiani with narrator Josette Simon OBE; an exploration of the work of the remarkable priest, traveller and composer Domenico Zipoli with vocal ensemble VOCES8 (Weds 24 & Thurs 25 Nov 2021); and an evening of high drama – Georgian-style – with international mezzo-soprano Ann Hallenberg (Weds 9 March 2022).
The season marks the orchestra’s first with incoming Music Director Laurence Cummings, who says of his new role: ‘I’m very excited to be joining with the Academy of Ancient Music to develop what the orchestra already has, to explore this wonderful repertoire that we all love with such a passion, and to reveal something new and fresh to the modern ear. I’m delighted to be coming full circle, from listening to the AAM’s recordings in my living room as a teenager to becoming the orchestra’s next Music Director.’
A NEW CREATED WORLD | Haydn: The Creation
Tues 28 Sept 2021, 7.30pm – Barbican Hall, London
In his inaugural concert as Music Director of Academy of Ancient Music, Laurence Cummings puts Haydn’s The Creation at the centre of a dazzling immersive vision co-produced with the Barbican Centre. AAM celebrates a new chapter in its history with a performance of Haydn’s life-affirming work with stunning digital effects by Nina Dunn. The all-star line-up of soloists includes Mary Bevan, Rachel Redmond, Stuart Jackson, Ashley Riches and Brindley Sherratt.
NEW WORLDS | THE ENCHANTED FOREST
Weds 27 Oct 2021, 7.30pm – West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
Thurs 28 Oct 2021, 7.30pm – Milton Court, London
Handel weaves spells, Rameau dances with gods, and Francesco Geminiani creates an enchanted forest on this ‘magical history tour’ with outstanding narrator Josette Simon OBE, Laurence Cummings and Academy of Ancient Music. Welcome to baroque theatre – where storylines were fantastic, effects were spectacular and composers were conjurors, summoning entire supernatural worlds. An evening of words and truly enchanted music.
NEW WORLDS | SOUTH AMERICA
Weds 24 Nov 2021, 7.30pm – West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
Thurs 25 Nov 2021, 7.30pm – Milton Court, London
Academy of Ancient Music travels from Rome to Peru, tracing the remarkable journey of Domenico Zipoli: priest, traveller and composer extraordinaire. Zipoli began his career as a student of Scarlatti in Rome, and ended it as one of the most striking European voices in the music of South America. Today, Laurence Cummings and AAM uncover his legacy and his world, in company with a group of singers who’ve become a byword for sonic adventure, VOCES8. Zipoli’s own rich and expressive sacred music takes its place alongside the works that inspired him: music by Palestrina, Pasquini, Scarlatti and Gabrieli, as well as the indigenous voices of South America itself.
NEW WORLDS | TRAVELOGUE
Weds 16 Feb 2022, 7.30pm – West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
The 17th century British composer Nicholas Lanier forever changed the course of British music in 1625 when he left the Court of Charles I and embarked on a voyage across Europe. Today, Laurence Cummings, Anna Dennis and the Academy of Ancient Music follow him on his journey, encountering heroes, lovers and geniuses along the way. Explore the gloriously expressive music of Nicholas Lanier, the first Master of the King’s Music and the greatest British composer you’ve never heard.
NEW WORLDS | EXILE
Weds 9 Mar 2022, 7.30pm – West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
Exile, elegance and adventure: Laurence Cummings and the AAM follow Joseph Haydn to 18th century London, in a concert of thrilling emotional extremes. When Haydn arrived in London in 1791, he triggered a full-scale Georgian media frenzy – and responded with some of his most enduring and imaginative music. This new world offered him fortune as well as fame, and today Laurence Cummings demonstrates why, in a concert that explores the full, glorious range of one of music’s first global superstars.
NEW WORLDS | LA TURQUIE
Weds 18 May 2022, 7.30pm – West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
Amid the glitter and pomp of the French court, Lully, Rameau and their contemporaries looked East and evoked the world of the Ottoman Empire from a very French perspective. Peter Whelan directs the Academy of Ancient Music, as West Road Concert Hall becomes the Palace of Versailles.