Academy of Ancient Music announces search for new Chief Executive

Academy of Ancient Music announces search for new Chief Executive

The Academy of Ancient Music (AAM) has commenced a search for a new Chief Executive, led by Helen Sprott at Execucare.

Current Chief Executive Alexander Van Ingen will be stepping down later in the year to take up the role of Chief Executive at the Philharmonia Orchestra.

AAM Chairman Philip Jones comments: “Alexander has made an enormous contribution to the life and work of AAM since he joined the orchestra just over 3 years ago. Under his leadership the Academy of Ancient Music has become the most listened-to ensemble of its kind in the world, and has reinvigorated its work in music research. We wish Alexander luck in his new post and look forward to finding a successor who will build on our outstanding recent performance, research and recording successes, and take more of our music to listeners and performers around the world.”

Alexander Van Ingen added: “The Academy of Ancient Music is a wonderful family of supporters, staff and musicians, and I am very proud of our achievements over the last few years. We have renewed our commitment to showcasing brilliant neglected and forgotten works with a new programme to publish scores alongside recordings and concerts; led the way for UK ensembles with fresh online full-track videos and live-streaming (extending our concert reach to hundreds of thousands of viewers of all ages and backgrounds) and much more. It has been a privilege to work with Richard Egarr and the players who make AAM what it is; and a joy to meet many of AAM’s loyal supporters, who make our music happen.”

The Academy of Ancient Music is entering an exciting phase as it approaches its 50th birthday, with recently announced collaborations with Longborough Festival Opera and the London Handel Festival in the UK and Teatro San Cassiano in Venice, where it is Associate Ensemble. The orchestra’s new 300th anniversary recording of Handel’s Brockes-Passion debuted at the top of both UK Classical Charts, and AAM has become the first period-instrument ensemble to surpass one million monthly listeners on Spotify. Recent and ongoing partnerships with Tenebrae, VOCES8, BBC Singers, and the University of Oxford have helped to bring AAM to a bigger audience each year in the concert hall, as well as developing its presence online.

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