AAM nominated for Orchestra of the Year Gramophone Award

AAM nominated for Orchestra of the Year Gramophone Award

The Academy of Ancient Music is one of ten international orchestras to be nominated for the prestigious Gramophone Orchestra of the Year Special Award, announced Thursday 1 July.

Orchestra of the Year is the only Gramophone award to be voted by the public, with previous winners including Philadelphia Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and Seattle Symphony. Nominations are decided by Gramophone’s editors and reviewers, based on recordings released over the past 12 months, which include Eccles’ Semele and Dussek’s Messe Solemnelle. Gramophone has created a dedicated Apple playlist for the orchestra, as well as one for all nominees.

In its citation, Gramophone writes: ‘As Richard Egarr’s reign as Music Director draws to a close, it’s worth reflecting on how this fine British period-instrument ensemble has maintained the pioneering spirit of its founder, Christopher Hogwood. Last November, David Threasher welcomed a first recording of Dussek’s Messe solennelle, relishing an AAM ‘on top form’, while in April Richard Wigmore wrote of John Eccles’s Semele that ‘the playing of the AAM strings tingles with theatrical life’.’

The news comes as AAM unveils its plans for the first part of its 2021–22 season, which includes eight performances across the Barbican, Milton Court and West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge, with further concerts at the Barbican and Milton Court to be announced in October 2021.

The deadline for voting is 8am on 13 September. To support the orchestra please go to the Gramophone website.


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