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SPRING SUMMER 2017

ST MATTHEW PASSION WITH IAN BOSTRIDGE SPRING 2017 UK TOUR

INSPIRING AUDIENCES WITH PASSIONATE PERFORMANCES ‘SPECTACULAR’ CLASSIC FM THE INDEPENDENT

THE GUARDIAN

THE TIMES

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DATES FOR YOUR DIARY FEBRUARY

MAY

03 Oz & Armonico Drink to Music! Lighthouse Poole 04 Oz & Armonico Drink to Music! Malvern Theatres

05 19

MARCH 08 St Matthew Passion The Octagon Theatre Yeovil 14 AC Academy does Carmina Burana Warwick Arts Centre Coventry 22 AC Academy does Carmina Burana Malvern Theatres 26 St Matthew Passion Warwick Arts Centre Coventry 28 St Matthew Passion Malvern Theatres

APRIL 05 St Matthew Passion St John’s Smith Square London

Oz & Armonico Drink to Music! Chesterfield Parish Church Monteverdi Vespers of 1610 Newbury Spring Festival

JUNE 20 Intimate Evenings with Armonico Lord Leycester Hospital Warwick TBC Intimate Evenings with Armonico Malvern Theatres 30 June - 2 July Residency at the Harrogate International Festival Monteverdi Vespers of 1610 Oz & Armonico Drink to Music! AC Academy concert

JULY 11 Oz & Armonico Drink to Music! Lichfield Festival


Intimate Evenings WITH ARMONICO

In a brand new concert series launching this summer, a small group of our best singers and instrumentalists will bring to life exquisite concert programmes. Preconcert drinks and talks will give you the opportunity to engage with the performers directly, ask them questions and learn more about the music and their work. PROGRAMME INCLUDES: TELEMANN: Seele, lerne dich erkennen! PURCELL: Jehova, Quam Multi PURCELL: The Plaint (from The Fairy Queen) HANDEL: 3 movements from Nine German Arias HWV 202 – 210 BACH: Ei! wie schmeckt der Coffee süsse (from Coffee Cantata BWV 211)

SUMMER BAROQUE

CARISSIMI: Jephthe VIVALDI: All’ombra di sospetto

ARMONICO CONSORT & BAROQUE PLAYERS DIRECTOR | CHRISTOPHER MONKS FLUTE SOLO | EVA CABALLERO

MONTEVERDI: Beatus Vir

In the stunning surroundings of the Lord Leycester Hospital, an exclusive ensemble of Armonico Consort’s most sought-after musicians will perform a wonderful programme of virtuosic instrumental works and emotionallycharged choral music from the Baroque.

20 JUNE 2017 | 7.30PM Lord Leycester Hospital Warwick TICKETS: £21.50 to include a glass of wine 0844 581 0750 or www.armonico.org.uk

Join us for a pre-concert drink in the historic courtyard, where you will have the unique opportunity to chat with the performers.

JUNE TBC Malvern Theatres www.malvern-theatres.org.uk


“It was one of those ‘life doesn’t get any better than this’ moments - fine wine, heavenly music and the early evening sun.” The Yorkshire Times

OZ & ARMONICO DRINK TO MUSIC! ARMONICO CONSORT & BAROQUE PLAYERS DIRECTOR | CHRISTOPHER MONKS NARRATOR | OZ CLARKE SOPRANO | ELOISE IRVING COUNTERTENOR | WILLIAM TOWERS If you’re looking for something a little different, come along to our cabaret-style event with UK’s best-loved wine critic, Oz Clarke. It is a little-known fact that as well as being a writer, wine critic and broadcaster, Oz was a singer for many years. Let Oz guide you through a relaxed evening exploring the spurious links between wine and music – a highly entertaining evening is guaranteed!

03 FEBRUARY 2017 | 7.45PM Lighthouse | Poole TICKETS: £26.50 + £1.75 booking fee 01202 280000 or www.lighthousepoole.co.uk 04 FEBRUARY 2017 | 7.15PM Malvern Theatres TICKETS: £26.32 including booking fee 01684 892 277 or www.malvern-theatres.co.uk 05 MAY 2017 Parish Church of St Mary and All Saints, Chesterfield TICKETS: www.chesterfield parishchurch.org.uk 11 JULY 2017 Lichfield Festival TICKETS: 01543 300191 or www.lichfieldfestival.org JULY Residency at the Harrogate International Festival


“In Ian Bostridge, we have the most iconic Evangelist of the last twenty years; an artist who is an incomparable communicator, a singer of technical brilliance, and an impassioned, experienced interpreter of Bach’s music.” Opera Today

08 MARCH 2017 | 7.30PM The Octagon Theatre | Yeovil TICKETS: £30 | £28.50 | £27 + £1 booking fee per ticket

J.S. BACH ST MATTHEW PASSION

01935 422884 or www.octagon-theatre.co.uk 26 MARCH 2017 | 3PM Warwick Arts Centre TICKETS: £39.50 - £20.50

ARMONICO CONSORT & BAROQUE ORCHESTRA DIRECTOR | CHRISTOPHER MONKS EVANGELIST | IAN BOSTRIDGE

including booking fee

International star Ian Bostridge joins the finest period instrumentalists and singers of Armonico Consort to bring Bach’s masterpiece to life. Whatever your own spiritual beliefs, everyone should hear St Matthew Passion at least once, and there’s no more immediate way to experience it than this performance.

28 MARCH 2017 | 7.15PM Malvern Theatres TICKETS: £29.68 | £26.32 £22.96 | £19.60

A work of genius, combining the most perfectly formed recitative with Bach’s most beautiful arias, the St Matthew Passion reflects on the emotional drama from the story of the Passion of Christ.

05 APRIL 2017 | 7PM St John’s Smith Square London TICKETS: £35 | £28 | £22 | £14

024 7652 4524 or www.warwickartscentre.co.uk

including booking fee

01684 892 277 or www.malvern-theatres.co.uk

+ booking fee

020 7222 1061 or www.sjss.org.uk


CARMINA BURANA ARMONICO CONSORT & BIRMINGHAM CONSERVATOIRE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA SINGERS FROM AC ACADEMY DIRECTOR | CHRISTOPHER MONKS Young people from our AC Academies Choirs will join Armonico Consort’s professional singers and the Birmingham Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra to perform this extraordinary work, made famous most recently by The X Factor, to create a spectacular event. Inspired by a large collection of secular poems from the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, the German composer Carl Orff completed Carmina Burana in 1937 and described it as a “scenic cantata” made of “songs for soloists and choruses, accompanied by instruments and magic images”.

14 MARCH 2017 | 7PM Warwick Arts Centre TICKETS: £12.50 £8.50 children 024 7652 4524 or www.warwickartscentre.co.uk 22 MARCH 2017 | 7PM Malvern Theatres TICKETS: £12.50 £8.50 children 01684 892 277 or www.malvern-theatres.co.uk


MONTEVERDI VESPERS OF 1610 ARMONICO CONSORT & BAROQUE ORCHESTRA DIRECTOR | CHRISTOPHER MONKS A towering masterpiece of the early Baroque and one of the greatest pillars of music history, Monteverdi Vespers of 1610 offer a stunning array of brilliant instrumental writing, opulent choruses and moving arias. Over 400 years ago this astounding work marked the end of the Renaissance and the beginning of the Baroque. The publication in 1610 almost certainly helped Monteverdi gain the prestigious post of maestro di cappella at St Mark’s in Venice, which he kept until his death in 1643.

“An excellent all-round performance, in which Monks led and inspired a thoroughly good ensemble and displayed the sublime music of the master to its best.” Birmingham Post

19 MAY 2017 | 7.30PM Newbury Spring Festival Holy Cross Church, Ramsbury TICKETS: £20 0845 5218 218 or www.newburyspring festival.org.uk JULY Residency at the Harrogate International Festival 15 SEPTEMBER 2017 The Octagon Theatre, Yeovil 16 SEPTEMBER 2017 Malvern Theatres 28 SEPTEMBER 2017 Stratford on Avon Music Festival 06 OCTOBER 2017 Lighthouse, Poole


AC ACADEMY FOR CHILDREN AGED 7 - 16

THE LEGACY OF A CHOIR THAT LASTS FOREVER AC Academy is our extensive and imaginative singing education programme, which reaches 15,000 young people a year offering life-changing experiences and first-class performance opportunities through fun and engaging singing projects. We develop and support choirs and choir leaders across the UK through our in-school Choir Creation Scheme and after school AC Academy Choirs in partnership with music hubs nationwide and in collaboration with venues such as the Royal Albert Hall. By 2020, Armonico Consort aims to create 300 children’s choirs and 300 choir leaders, leaving a singing legacy across the country.

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IN-SCHOOL CHOIR CREATION SCHEME With our in-school Choir Creation Scheme, we develop projects aimed at primary and secondary school students to engage them in singing. We also work with young people with special needs, disabilities and learning difficulties to create memorable and creative performances that develop their musical skills, as well as aid their personal, social and emotional development.

FIND AN AFTER SCHOOL CHOIR NEAR YOU: Our AC Academy after school Choirs are unauditioned singing groups for young people aged 7-16. We currently have six after school Academies that rehearse on a weekly basis, term time only.

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GIVING THE GIFT OF MUSIC Amonico Consort is a professional choir and orchestra and a registered charity, renowned for its inspiring concerts and imaginative education programme, AC Academy. Our core repertoire is the music of the renaissance and baroque periods, but we perform a range of music from Hildegard of Bingen to new works by present-day composers, including our composer-in-residence, Toby Young.

choir, to select repertoire, and crucially to keep a choir going after our support for them ends. We reach thousands of children every year through these exciting projects, and offer them amazing performance opportunities. We also run a variety of other activities, from after school choirs to musical theatre projects, to allow young people to develop their musical passions.

Alongside this, we run educational projects across the country to create new choirs in schools where music provision is currently limited or nonexistent. We train teachers in the skills they need to rehearse and conduct a

We currently receive no regular public funding for this work, and so we are reliant on the generosity of grantgiving trusts and our regular donors and supporters to keep on making amazing music in schools and concert halls.

IF YOU FEEL INSPIRED BY OUR WORK, PLEASE CONSIDER BECOMING A PATRON. You can join our Patrons Scheme for as little as ÂŁ72 per year, which can be paid monthly by Direct Debit. For more information on how to support us, please contact Nick Drew, Development and Planning Manager: ndrew@armonico.org.uk / 01926 800109 (choose option 3)


HELPING CHILDREN REACH FOR THE STARS through their love of music and singing Phillips 66 and our fuel brand JET are proud to support AC Academy’s educational activity in the West Midlands and beyond

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We are especially grateful to the following Benefactors who have given most generously to support our work: CORPORATE SPONSORS Blythe Liggins Solicitors Wright Hassall Phillips66 Limited JET Phillips and Becker Accountancy Services Eversheds Braunston Marina PATRONS Mrs Juliet Amery Mrs Hildegard Atherton Mrs C Beecham Mrs Pauline M Brace Joseph Bradshaw Helen Brittain Mr Michael Burrows Group Captain Peter Butcher, OBE Mrs S Carr-Wu Miss A M Cessford Mr Tim Coghlan His Honour Richard Cole, DL Mrs A Cook Mr J Cook Michael J Cooke Mrs J Cooke Mr & Mrs D J Couchman Mrs V Cox

Mrs Dawn Curtis Mrs Gemma Davies Mr Anthony E Davies Mr James E Drake Mr & Mrs Eldridge Mr J C A Eldridge Mrs D Fowler Mr Malcolm Garner Mr Malcolm Harbour CBE Dr Barbara A Harland Mrs Maureen Harris Rev Wendy Heaney Dr J Henderson Mr J D Henderson Mr and Mrs J G Horton Mr & Mrs David Howells Mr J S W Jeffery Mr Andrew Lawton Mrs S J Liggins Miss Jennifer Lorch Miss Ursula Lowe Mr Robert Macpherson Dr F C Millard Mrs H Mills Mrs Kathleen Molan Mrs S Y Neville Ms Angela Nicholls Mr D R Patterson Mr Russell Payne Ms Simone Pickworth

Carolyn Pike Ms Benedetta Polk Barbara & Christopher Purser Professor Alan Richens Dr and Mrs C P Rourke Mr M Rowe Mr Jim Rowley Caryll Green & Dr Elizabeth Saxon Mrs S Siewert Professor Bryan Stoten Mrs Sidney Syson Mr & Mrs C J Thorne Mrs J Upward Mrs J Ward Peter & Pat Wartnaby Mr D & Mrs F Westsott Mrs Bridget Winstanley Mr & Mrs J Wynn-Evans Mr I M Taylor & Ms Y Glover A M Heath Mr David Burbidge Mr Paul Watts Mr David Sarginson Dr Louise Warburton

EDUCATION PATRONS & BENEFACTORS Mrs Evelyn Berry Roger Cadbury Mrs Sheila Cole Mr Dermot Rhodes Mrs A Rowbury CONDUCTOR’S CIRCLE Mr & Mrs David Phillips Mr & Mrs Roger Medwell President Sir John Egan PRESIDENT’S CIRCLE Mr John Boyden Rayburn Tours John & Christine Briffitt Sir John & Lady Julia Egan Sara & Tim Fowler Jamie & Alison Justham Mr & Mrs John Sidwell Mr & Mrs Gerry & Jill Slora


ARMONICO RECORDINGS Armonico Consort and Baroque Players have collaborated with some of the finest musicians to produce world-class recordings, which have gained widespread critical acclaim for their innovative programmes and exceptional quality.

NAKED BYRD & NAKED BYRD 2 ‘Prepare to be dazzled by the sound this choir makes’ Classic FM

LET THE BRIGHT SERAPHIM ‘The tone is immediately set by Crispian SteelePerkins’ trilling trumpet’ The Independant

DIDO AND AENEAS ‘Lacks nothing in humanity, poignancy and vitality’ The Daily Telegraph

VICTORIA REQUIEM Tomas Luis de Victoria’s heart wrenchingly beautiful ‘Officium Defunctorum’, the pinnacle of Spanish Renaissance Polyphony.

GREENSLEEVES Mesmerising new arrangements of the most beautiful folk music ever written including eight world-premiere recordings.

ON CHRISTMAS NIGHT TWO A stunning selection of festive music both old and new, from Britten’s Ceremony of Carols to ‘Once in Royal David’s City’.

If you would like to purchase any of our discs, please contact: admin@armonico.co.uk or 01926 800109 (option 1)


CONTACT US ARMONICO CONSORT LTD 2 New Street Warwick CV34 4RX 01926 800109 admin@armonico.org.uk www.armonico.org.uk Registered in England no: 4851028 Registered Charity no: 1103159 facebook.com/ArmonicoConsort @ArmonicoConsort @ArmonicoConsort

The information in this brochure is correct at the time of going to press. Armonico Consort reserves the right to change programmes and artists if necessary. In this eventuality, tickets cannot be refunded. Armonico Consort & AC Academy | © Simon Jay Price AC Academy image on p8 | © Peter Marsh @ashmorevisuals Oz & Armonico Images | © Andy Gray

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