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The Academy of St Martin in the Fields was formed from a group of leading London musicians in 1958 by Sir Neville Marriner. The Academy gave its first performance in November 1959 in its namesake church.

Through live performances and a vast recording output—highlights of which include the 1969 best-seller Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and the soundtrack to the Oscar-winning film Amadeus—the Academy has gained an international reputation for its distinctive, polished, and refined sound. With more than 500 releases in its discography and a comprehensive international touring program, the Academy is known by classical audiences around the world.

Today the Academy is led by Music Director Joshua Bell, retaining the collegiate spirit and flexibility of the original small, conductor-less ensemble that has become an Academy hallmark. Under Mr. Bell’s direction, and with the support of Leader/Director Tomo Keller and Principal Guest Conductor Murray Perahia, the Academy continues to push the boundaries of play-directed performance, presenting symphonic repertory and chamber music at prestigious venues around the globe.

In the 2019–20 season, the orchestra celebrates its sixtieth anniversary with projects in the UK and beyond, including a Gala concert at Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, UK and US tours with Mr. Bell, a European tour with Murray Perahia, and collaborations with artists including clarinetist Jörg Widmann and pianist Fazil Say.

Complementing a busy international schedule, the Academy continues to connect with people of all ages and backgrounds through its learning and participation programs. The orchestra’s composition and performance workshops are now intergenerational, including older individuals. The Academy also provides a creative outlet for some of London’s most vulnerable adults at a center for homeless people in London.

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The Academy’s work in the US is supported by Maria Cardamone and Paul Matthews together with the American Friends of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields.

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ACADEMY OF ST MARTIN IN THE FIELDS

Joshua Bell Music Director

Sir Neville Marriner CH, CBE Founding President 

Murray Perahia KBE Principal Guest Conductor 

Tomo Keller Leader/Director

 

FIRST VIOLINS 

Joshua Bell 

Harvey de Souza 

Robert Salter 

Gabrielle Painter 

Helen Paterson 

Jeremy Morris 

Fiona Brett 

Rebecca Scott 

Richard Milone 

Sijie Chen

 

SECOND VIOLINS 

Martin Burgess 

Jennifer Godson 

Mark Butler 

Clare Hayes 

Antonia Kessel 

Alicja Smietana 

Simon Lewis 

Ruth Funnell

 

VIOLAS 

Fiona Bonds 

Ian Rathbone

Alexandros Koustas 

Triona Milne

Matt Maguire 

Catherine Bradshaw

 

CELLOS 

Stephen Orton 

Will Schofield 

Judith Herbert 

Juliet Welchman 

Reinoud Ford 

Rebecca Knight

 

BASSES 

Lynda Houghton 

Benjamin Russell 

David Johnson

 

FLUTES 

Michael Cox 

Sarah Newbold

 

PICCOLO 

Rebecca Larsen

 

OBOES 

John Roberts 

Rachel Ingleton

 

CLARINETS 

Fiona Cross 

Tom Lessels

 

BASSOONS 

Julie Price 

Richard Skinner

 

CONTRABASSOON 

Julie Andrews

 

HORNS 

Stephen Stirling 

Joanna Hensel 

Peter Francomb 

Jamie Shield

 

TRUMPETS 

Mark David 

William O’Sullivan

 

TROMBONES 

Becky Smith 

Andrew Cole 

Joseph Arnold

 

TIMPANI 

Matthew Perry

 

PERCUSSION 

Julian Poole 

Chris Blundell

 

ORCHESTRA MANAGER 

Nigel Barratt

 

ADMINISTRATION 

Alan Watt Chief Executive 

Alison Tedbury

Director of Concerts

Hannah Bache

Concerts and Tours Manager

Lesley Wynne Orchestra Personnel Manager

Aimee Walton

Concerts and Participation Assistant

Charlotte O’Dair Head of Learning and Participation

Susie York Skinner Director of Development 

Amy Scott

Senior Development Manager 

Freya Littlehales Development Assistant 

Jacob Cohen

Head of US Development

David Hills Finance Manager 

Ellie Dragonetti Marketing and

Communications Manager

Rebecca Driver Media Relations

PR Consultant

 

FOR OPUS 3 ARTISTS 

David V. Foster President & CEO Leonard Stein

Senior Vice President, Director, Touring Division 

Robert Berretta

Vice President, Manager, Artists & Attractions 

Tania Leong

Associate,Touring Division

Grace Hertz Assistant, Artists & Attractions

John C. Gilliland III

Company Manage