The Academy of Ancient Music has announced its 2019-20 season at the Barbican Centre, where it is Associate Ensemble.

The choir and instrumentalists of the Academy of Ancient Music (AAM) and Music Director Richard Egarr open the new season with two musical masterpieces in celebration of the upcoming Beethoven 250th anniversary year: Beethoven's complete Egmont, op 84 and the Mass by his Czech contemporary, Jan Ladislav Dussek. Recently rediscovered by Richard Egarr, the Mass throws a fascinating new light on a musical pioneer. After extensive research and preparation, AAM is delighted to give the Mass its first performance in modern times.

Following the release of her debut recording with AAM, outstanding young soprano Rowan Pierce joins forces with David Blackadder and AAM for a joyful programme of music for soprano and trumpet. Later in the autumn, distinguished violinist Viktoria Mullova and countertenor James Hall set the sublime with the joyful in music by Haydn, JS and CPE Bach. The programme also includes a lesser-known gem of early orchestral repertoire, the 'Sinfonia' from Maria Grimani's oratorio Pallade e Marte. This is performed as part of AAM's ongoing From Her Pen project, revealing the work of female composers of the baroque and classical eras.

In the new year, celebrated baritone Benjamin Appl presents a selection of cantatas by JS Bach, including favourites from the St Matthew Passion; harpsichordist Jean Rondeau makes his much anticipated AAM debut; and in Handel's Heroines, sopranos Mary Bevan and Jennifer France explore Handel's dazzling vocal fireworks with AAM directed by Handel aficionado, Laurence Cummings.

In his 13th season as AAM Music Director, Richard Egarr showcases the Venetian master and Monteverdi contemporary, Dario Castello. Following on from Egarr's brilliantly received concerts showcasing Castello's first book of sonatas in 2016, Egarr now explores the composer's innovative and ground-breaking second volume, and its profound effect on generations of Italian composers.

Bringing the season to a close, AAM and the BBC Singers offer a majestic programme of Music for Royal Occasions, curated by historian Lucy Worsley.


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