Introducing the Choir of the AAM

Next week we’re closing our 2010-11 London and Cambridge season with performances of three of JS Bach’s cantatas (18 July at Wigmore Hall, London; 19 July at West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge).

The performances feature the Choir of the AAM, founded by AAM Music Director Richard Egarr in 2007. Over the past few years the Choir has become renowned in the UK and around the world – read on to find out more…

Choir of the AAM

History of the Choir…

The AAM has a long and distinguished history of working with some of the finest choirs around, including those of New College and Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford, and King’s College in Cambridge.

When Richard Egarr became Music Director in 2006, he was keen to create the AAM’s own choir to complement our collaborations with these groups. In 2007 the Choir of the AAM was born, and since then this hand-picked group has worked closely and intensively with Richard and the orchestra, creating distinctive and acclaimed performances of repertoire from Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas to Mozart’s Requiem.

Views from the Choir…

Julian Forbes tenor

“I’m a better musician when I’m working with Richard and the AAM. As a performer I’m always learning about what I do, especially in the world of period performance. Richard Egarr is a great teacher as well as an inspiring Music Director: he encourages me to be the best musician I can, and shows me how.”

Susanna Spicer alto

“I love the one-to-a-part style of the Choir of the AAM; I find it every bit as enjoyable as solo singing. You don’t have to compromise the individuality of your voice, but can remain vocally free whilst continuing to be a part of a real team. I suppose it’s the vocal equivalent of chamber music. Having liked nothing better than a good grapple with a Schubert Quintet or Mendelssohn Octet as a viola player in my youth, it makes sense that my work with the AAM gives me similar satisfaction. I enjoy AAM projects on so many levels, and end up having enormous fun while also making really good music. What more could one wish for?”

Choir of the AAM performing Purcell at Sabratha, Libya

Choir of the AAM performing Purcell at Sabratha, Libya

Where to hear them…

Handel’s Messiah

Wednesday 14 December 2011 (Barbican Centre, London)
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Age of the French baroque: Lully, Charpentier, Marais

Thursday 26 June 2012 (West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge)
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Wednesday 27 June 2012 (Wigmore Hall, London)
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