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 its namesake church in November 1959. 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 gained an international reputation for its distinctive, polished, and refined sound.

Today the Academy is led by Music Director and violinist Joshua Bell, retaining the collegiate spirit and flexibility of the original small, conductor-less ensemble. 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.

When COVID-19 sparked lockdowns across the globe, the Academy responded by establishing a digital campaign to fund the production of new performance videos as well as launching a new concert series at its spiritual home of St Martin-in-the-Fields in London’s Trafalgar Square. The series—the first of its kind in the orchestra’s home city for many years—saw the Academy collaborate with international artists on programs devised by orchestra members.

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.

Joshua Bell appears by arrangement with Park Avenue Artists ( and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Mr. Bell records exclusively for Sony Classical—a Masterworks label.

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