Academy of St Martin in the Fields
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.
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
Harvey de Souza
Alan Watt Chief Executive
Director of Concerts
Concerts and Tours Manager
Lesley Wynne Orchestra Personnel Manager
Concerts and Participation Assistant
Charlotte O’Dair Head of Learning and Participation
Susie York Skinner Director of Development
Senior Development Manager
Freya Littlehales Development Assistant
Head of US Development
David Hills Finance Manager
Ellie Dragonetti Marketing and
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