AAM unveils first concerts of its 22/23 London series

AAM unveils first concerts of its 22/23 London series

Academy of Ancient Music has unveiled plans for the first part of its 2022/23 London series, following the success of its inaugural season under Music Director Laurence Cummings in 2021/22.

The orchestra presents a year-long exploration of the environment and our place within it, entitled ’Tis nature’s voice. Autumn performances include appearances at the Barbican and Milton Court, with further concerts at the Barbican, Milton Court and West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge, to be announced later in the year.

Tues 4 Oct 2022, 7.30pm – Barbican Hall, London

Haydn’s The Seasons

Haydn’s life-affirming oratorio of nature, humanity and the eternal cycle of the year will be conducted by AAM Music Director Laurence Cummings and brought vividly to life with striking new visuals in a co-production with the Barbican.

The Seasons embraces the whole of nature, brimming with all the generosity, humour and uninhibited humanity that only Haydn could supply. It’s exactly what you’d expect from a sequel to The Creation. If you heard Cummings conduct The Creation last year, you’ll have some idea of what to expect from this performance – including specially-commissioned digital projections from Nina Dunn Studios, designed to pull the imagination into Haydn’s creative world. Add a world-beating team of soloists, including Sophie Bevan and Jonathan Lemalu, plus some of the best tunes Haydn ever wrote, and this should be a magnificent launch for ’Tis nature’s voice.

Thurs 10 Nov 2022, 7.30pm – Milton Court Concert Hall, London

‘Tis Nature’s Voice: Les Élémens

For the composers of the 18th century, nature wasn’t an optional extra: it was an everyday reality. So of course, it found its way into their music too. In these performances, Laurence Cummings conducts a virtuosic baroque celebration of nature and music. Frogs and toads invade a concerto, wind instruments turn into songbirds (both caged and wild) and composers in Venice and Hamburg are put to sea on the tides of harmony.

In short, all of nature is here, in music that’s alternately playful, touching and elemental in its ingenuity and power. Cummings directs soloists from within the AAM, and begins with arguably the most astonishing natural wonder in all baroque music: the ear-tingling chaos with which Jean-Féry Rebel opens his suite Les Élémens. Music that was ahead of its time then – and more timely than ever today.

Rebel Les Élémens 
Telemann Violin Concerto in A ‘The Toad’ 
Vivaldi Flute Concerto in D ‘The Goldfinch’ 
Vivaldi Violin Concerto in E-flat ‘The Storm at Sea’ 
Handel Organ Concerto in F ‘The Cuckoo and the Nightingale’ 
Telemann Overture in C ‘Ebb and Flow’

Fri 16 Dec 2022, 7.00pm – Barbican Hall, London

Handel’s Messiah

Academy of Ancient Music joins an internationally acclaimed cast of soloists for a seasonal performance of Handel’s Messiah, a landmark of European culture.

AAM became the first orchestra ever to record Handel’s Messiah, complete, on period instruments in 1980. Over four decades on from that landmark achievement, it has become normal to hear Handel’s masterpiece played in an historically-informed style. But Messiah always has something new to say – and AAM is always thrilled to share it.

With Laurence Cummings at the harpsichord, plus a cast headed by the outstanding American soprano Amanda Forsythe, it’ll come up as fresh as new paint.