Academy of Ancient Music to launch new season with Haydn’s The Creation

The Academy of Ancient Music (AAM) opens its first season under new Music Director Laurence Cummings on Tuesday 28 September, with a performance co-produced by the Barbican.

In an evening celebrating new beginnings, Cummings direct Haydn’s The Creation enhanced with a stunning visual narrative from leading projection designer Nina Dunn. The AAM choir and orchestra are joined by an all-star solo cast including Mary Bevan, Stuart Jackson, Brindley Sherratt, Rachel Redmond and Ashley Riches.

Cummings comments The Creation is the most life-affirming work, a paean to joy that teems with energy. It manages to rejoice in nature with such spirituality without demanding belief in any set of systems. I’m interested in how we can live the drama of the piece and find something that’s very human. We want to enhance people’s understanding of the work and the arc of its journey from chaos to beautiful order. They won’t be just soothed, but experience something engaging, and ultimately transformative.”

The performance marks the beginning of AAM’s 2021-22 season, the first part of which includes eight performances across the Barbican, Milton Court and West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge. Further concerts at the Barbican and Milton Court will be announced in autumn 2021.

The season celebrates New Worlds and includes a magical history tour through works by Handel, Rameau and Geminiani with narrator Josette Simon OBE (Weds 27 & Thurs 28 Oct 2021); an exploration of the work of the remarkable priest, traveller and composer Domenico Zipoli with vocal ensemble VOCES8 (Weds 24 & Thurs 25 Nov 2021); and an evening of high drama – Georgian-style – with international mezzo-soprano Ann Hallenberg (Weds 9 March 2022).

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ABOVE: Laurence Cummings (c) Robert Workman