Festival Firsts: Introducing Armonico Consort

This year you can catch the Armonico Consort at our Summer Festival for the first time. As they’ll be making their festival debut, we thought we’d introduce them to you.

Who are the Armonico Consort?

Armonico Consort started out in 2001, founded by their conductor Christopher Monks. They’re an unusual group, not just a choir they are also an orchestra and an opera company. Since then they’ve teamed up with some pretty amazing stars too, including Jeremy Irons and Dame Judi Dench, and performed across the country.

What have Armonico been up to lately?

Recently, they’ve performed Mozart’s The Magic Flute at the Barbican and Carmina Burana at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon. They’re also behind several projects in new English translations such as Too Hot to Handel, Baroque around the Block and Monteverdi’s Flying Circus. You can get a glimpse of some of what they get up to below.

What else does Armonico Consort get up to?

Armonico Consort is also the founder of AC Academy, a programme bringing free music education to over 15,000 young people every year. Their projects features a choir creation scheme, giving children access to choral singing by establishing choirs in schools. You can check out 1,300 young artists from AC Academy performing at the Royal Albert Hall in March 2013 here:

What is Armonico Consort up to at this year’s Summer Festival?

This year they perform Purcell’s opera Dido & Aeneas, a heart-wrenching love story in the intimate surroundings of Village Underground alongside soloists including Elin Manahan Thomas.

Dido & Aeneas
7.00pm / 9.00pm, Tuesday 9 June
Village Underground
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