Academy of St Martin in the Fields presents re:connect – a series of autumn concerts at St. Martin-in-the-Fields

The series begins with a poignant programme entitled Requiem For Our Time, honouring those who have suffered and lost
their lives to COVID-19. It is also given in memory of Martin Loveday, a
former cellist with the Academy who died from Coronavirus in April 2020.
P‰rt’s Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten opens the concert,
followed by Williams and Sampson performing FaurÈ’s (arr. Rutter) Requiem with St Martin’s Voices, conducted by Andrew Earis (12

Each concert is named after a theme from the experience of the pandemic
including Regeneration, Isolation & Friendship,Mourning & Hope and Awakening. Overcoming Distance includes music by Bach and Mozart as well as
Messiaen’s AbÓme des Oiseaux, James MacMillan’s Interlude from ‘Since it was the day of Preparation’ and
Copland’s Quiet City (26 September). In Connection, the
Academy performs Eleanor Alberga’s Nightscape, conducted by the
composer, alongside Mozart’s Serenade No. 10 ‘Gran Partita’ (21
November). The final concert will be a festive celebration (Friday 18

Each performance will be filmed and the streams will go live on the
following Thursday at 7.30pm on a pay-to-view basis – they will be
available online for 30 days. The full line up of soloists and repertoire
will be announced in due course.

Alan Watt, Chief Executive, Academy of St Martin in the Fields says

: ‘

I am absolutely delighted that the orchestra and audiences can look
forward to regular live concerts in the autumn after such a long time
apart. How special to be returning to our namesake church, St.
Martin-in-the-Fields and for people to be able to hear live music again
within its walls. A lot has happened since we were last able to do this
and we want to both celebrate coming together again as well as honour
what a difficult time it has been for many.’

Andrew Earis, Director of Music at St. Martin-in-the-Fields says

: ‘

It is wonderful to be able to begin welcoming live audiences back to
St. Martin-in-the-Fields as we embark on our new vision for music at
the church. I’m so pleased that our friends at the Academy will play
such a large role in our Autumn season. After many long months of
silence, we’ve all felt the hole of not having live music making in our
lives and now it is time to enjoy it once again.

Requiem For Our Time
, Saturday 12 September

P‰rt Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten

FaurÈ Requiem (arr. Rutter)

Roderick Williams


Carolyn Sampson


Overcoming Distance,
Saturday 26 September

Bach Sarabande from

Suite No. 5

Messiaen AbÓme des Oiseaux

MacMillan Horn Interlude from ‘

Since it was the day of Preparation’


Brandenburg Concerto No. 4


Quiet City

Mozart Symphony No. 29

Saturday 10 October

Programme to be announced

Isolation & Friendship,
Saturday 24 October

Programme to be announced

Mourning & Hope,
Saturday 7 November

Programme to be announced

Saturday 21 November

Eleanor Alberga


Mozart Serenade No. 10 ‘Gran Partita’

Saturday 5 December

Programme to be announced

Ryan Wigglesworth

A Christmas Celebration,
Friday 18 December

Programme to be announced

Tickets are available


The Academy of St Martin in the Fields and St. Martin-in-the-Fields
church are closely following government guidance and each concert will
adhere accordingly to the latest advice.