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Ancient music gets a thrilling new lease of life....

The Academy of Ancient Music was a pioneer in historically accurate Baroque performance. Back in 1973, when Christopher Hogwood founded the AAM, it was revolutionary. Most orchestras at that time played old music in a modern style. Centuries of change had eroded the original sound of Bach, Handel, Haydn and Mozart: the instruments were different; the pitch was different; the number of players was different; the very essence and spirit of performances was different.


Hogwood’s new orchestra reveled in the expressive power of old instruments - flutes made out of wood, trumpets without valves, strings woven from gut. AAM rediscovered sounds which hadn’t been heard for hundreds of years — but it wasn’t just the sound of the music which changed; it was how it felt. Ancient music got a thrilling new lease of life and AAM performances are still full of energy and passion and joy as they continue to explore the sound-worlds which inspired Baroque composers.


AAM return to The Apex on 1 February, with director Laurence CummingsThe concert will open with a Bach Gamba Sonata which will be followed by Bach’s 'The Musical Offering'; a gift to King Frederick II of Prussia.


On 7 May 1747, Johann Sebastian Bach arrived at the court of King Frederick the Great. The greatest musician of his age locked musical wits with an artistic and philosophical monarch, and Bach responded with The Musical Offering – a collection of pieces designed to put the nature of music to the ultimate technical, intellectual and emotional test.

Dazzlingly imagined and endlessly rich,


The Musical Offering has fascinated performers and scholars for centuries. Bach probes the nature of creativity, harmony and genius, in a masterwork that never grows old. Laurence Cummings and Academy of Ancient Music focus all their insight, energy and verve to unfold its secrets and explore its remarkable story.


You can see The Academy of Ancient Music at The Apex on Wednesday 1 February at 7.30pm. Ring the box office on 01284 758000 or see for more information or to book.



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