Academy of St Martin in the Fields
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1959
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Academy of St Martin in the Fields

Biography (Wikipedia)

The Academy of St Martin in the Fields is an English chamber orchestra, based in London.

John Churchill, then Master of Music at the London church of St Martin-in-the-Fields, and Neville Marriner (later Sir Neville) founded the orchestra as The Academy of St.-Martin-in-the-Fields in London as a small, conductorless string group. The original group numbered 11, all male. The orchestra gave its first concert on November 13, 1959, in the church it was named after. In 1988, the orchestra dropped the hyphens from its full name. Marriner holds the title of Life President.

The initial performances as a string orchestra at St Martin-in-the-Fields' church played a key role in the revival of baroque performances in England. The orchestra has since expanded to include winds. It remains flexible in size, changing its make-up to suit its repertoire, which ranges from the Baroque to contemporary works.

Neville Marriner continued to perform obbligatos and concertino solos with the orchestra until 1969, and led the orchestra on recordings until the autumn of 1970, when he switched to conducting from the podium from directing the orchestra from the leader's desk. On recordings, besides Marriner, Iona Brown and Kenneth Sillito have led the orchestra among others. Since 2000, Murray Perahia has held the title of principal guest conductor of the orchestra, and has made commercial recordings with the orchestra as pianist and conductor.

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Performances

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Rondo in C major for violin and orchestra, K.373
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Rondo in C major for violin and orchestra, K.373
Academy of St Martin in the Fields
Nocturne
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Nocturne
Felix Mendelssohn
Konzertstuck No.1 in F minor, Op.113
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Konzertstuck No.1 in F minor, Op.113
Johann Sebastian Bach
Concerto for kbd and string orch no. 7 (BWV.1058) in G min, 1st mvt;
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Concerto for kbd and string orch no. 7 (BWV.1058) in G min, 1st mvt;
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail - singspiel in 3 acts (K.384) - Overture
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Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail - singspiel in 3 acts (K.384) - Overture
Playlists featuring Academy of St Martin in the Fields
Essential Classics: Guest Choices
Essential Classics: Guest Choices
Radio 3 Breakfast: Music Box
Radio 3 Breakfast: Music Box
Clemency Burton-Hill
Clemency Burton-Hill


Upcoming BBC Events

PCM 4 Proms 2016
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Cadogan Hall, London
2016-08-08T22:09:29
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Past BBC Events

Prom 32: Beethoven, Bruch & Walton Proms 2014
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Royal Albert Hall
2014-08-10T22:09:29
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10
Aug
2014
Prom 32: Beethoven, Bruch & Walton Proms 2014

Prom 32: Beethoven, Bruch & Walton Proms 2014

16:00
Royal Albert Hall
Prom 32 Proms 2003
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Royal Albert Hall
2003-08-11T22:09:29
11
Aug
2003

Prom 32 Proms 2003

22:00
Royal Albert Hall
Prom 37 Proms 1994
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Royal Albert Hall
1994-08-15T22:09:29
15
Aug
1994

Prom 37 Proms 1994

19:30
Royal Albert Hall
Prom 12 Proms 1984
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Royal Albert Hall
1984-07-30T22:09:29
30
Jul
1984

Prom 12 Proms 1984

19:30
Royal Albert Hall
Prom 21 Proms 1983
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Royal Albert Hall
1983-08-12T22:09:29
12
Aug
1983

Prom 21 Proms 1983

19:30
Royal Albert Hall

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