ACADEMY OF ST MARTIN IN THE FIELDS
Life President: Sir Neville Marriner CBE
Artistic Director: Kenneth
Principal Guest Conductor: Murray Perahia
Raine House, Raine Street, London E1W 3RJ
Telephone:+ 44 (0) 20 7702 1377
Fax: + 44 (0) 20 7481 0228
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
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
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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