Academy of Ancient Music

The Academy of Ancient Music is a UK-based orchestra founded in 1973 by Christopher Hogwood. It was led by Hogwood until 2006, then by Richard Egarr (2006-2021) and the music director is currently Laurence Cummings.

The orchestra is known for its performances of baroque and classical repertoire using historically informed techniques, period-specific instruments and original sources.

Since 2013 the organisation has run its own record label.

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A selection of articles about Academy of Ancient Music

Spotlight. Warmth and Charm - Robert Levin plays Mozart concertos, recommended unreservedly by Gerald Fenech. 'These are simple and uncomplicated but wholly alluring Mozartian bonbons.'

Ensemble. Beautifully Delivered - The Academy of Ancient Music reminds us of Handel's early career in Rome, by Ellen MacDonald-Kramer

CD Spotlight. Intricate Calm - Music by Christopher Gibbons, heard by Robert Anderson. '... fine music-making ...'

CD Spotlight. Deceptive Naturalness - Red Priest's 'Nightmare in Venice', entertains Howard Smith. '... irrepressible, chic ...'

CD Spotlight. Eminently Competitive - Mozart works for clarinet, reviewed by Howard Smith. '... Paul Dean demonstrates his exemplary fluency ...'

CD Spotlight. Amazing Confidence - Concertos by Handel, reviewed by Robert Hugill. '... the playing here is some of the most incisive that I have heard ...'

Record Box. Clear Vividness - The 1751 version of Handel's 'Messiah', reviewed by Patric Standford

Ensemble. Refreshing clarity - Paul Goodwin and the Academy of Ancient Music play Beethoven, reviewed by Malcolm Miller