ACADEMY OF ST MARTIN IN THE FIELDS

Life President: Sir Neville Marriner CBE
Artistic Director: Kenneth Sillito
Principal Guest Conductor: Murray Perahia

Raine House, Raine Street, London E1W 3RJ

Telephone:+ 44 (0) 20 7702 1377
Fax: + 44 (0) 20 7481 0228

Email: info@asmf.org
Web: http://www.academysmif.co.uk


The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields was founded in 1959 by Sir Neville Marriner and a group of London's leading orchestral players. Originally formed as a small conductorless string group, it spearheaded the 1960s Baroque revival.

Since its inception, the Academy has developed its range of repertoire considerably, and now divides its time equally between the recording studio, international tours and UK concerts.

The Academy has three Directors; Music Director Sir Neville Marriner, and Artistic Directors Iona Brown and Kenneth Sillito. Kenneth Sillito also directs the Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble.

The Academy regularly tours the USA, South America, Europe and the Far East. In June 1997 the Academy was invited to Hong Kong to play for the official handover celebrations which included two performances of Beethoven's Symphony No.9 with Sir Neville Marriner.

The Academy's 1997/98 London season opened in October with a world premiere of Sally Beamish's Cello Concerto, performed to great critical acclaim by Robert Cohen. December 1997 saw the return of the Academy to St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, for a Christmas Festival.

The Orchestra continues its extensive schedule of concerts throughout the UK, including Brecon, Warwick, Oxford, Truro Baldock, Salisbury and Leamington Spa.

With over 1,000 releases to its credit, ranging from baroque and classical to the romantic and 20th century, the Academy remains the most recorded chamber orchestra in the world.

It has received many prestigious international awards - including eight Edisons, the Canadian Grand Prix and a multitude of gold discs - thirteen alone for the soundtrack of Milos Forman's film 'Amadeus'.

Numerous Academy CDs have been released recently: 'Antiche' Arias with Dmitri Hvorostovsky; Strauss' Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, Britten and Walton's Cello Concertos with soloist Julian Lloyd Webber, Bruch's Violin Concerto with Akiko Suwanai, Arnold's Flute Concertos Nos 1 and 2 with James Galway and a collection of discs featuring Mozart Serenades and Piano concertos.

The Academy has a flourishing education programme and players take part in a wide range of educational projects with schools and community groups throughout the UK.

Projects are tailored to suit each group and provide people of all ages and abilities with the opportunity to work with many of the country's finest musicians.

In April 1993 the Academy of St Martin in the Fields became the first orchestra to be honoured with the Queen's Award for Export Achievement.

Unlike many major British orchestras, the Academy receives no direct government subsidy and relies solely on its artistic integrity and commercial initiative for its continued success. On 20th November 1996 the Academy was delighted to receivea National Lottery Award through the Arts Council of England. The money is allocated to specific projects such as the enhancement of the Orchestra's educational activities and a new computer system for the office.

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