• Period & Chamber
  • Academy of Ancient Music

    The Academy of Ancient Music is an orchestra with a worldwide reputation for excellence in baroque and classical music. It takes inspiration directly from the music’s composers, using historically informed techniques, period-specific instruments and original sources to bring music to life in committed, vibrant performances.

    The ensemble was founded by Christopher Hogwood in 1973 and remains at the forefront of the worldwide early music scene more than four decades on; Richard Egarr became its Music Director in 2006.

    The Academy of Ancient Music has always been a pioneer. It was established to make the first British recordings of orchestral works using instruments from the baroque and classical periods and has released more than 300 discs, many of which are still considered definitive performances. (Among its countless accolades for recording are Classic BRIT, Gramophone and Edison awards.)  It has now established its own record label, AAM Records, and is proud to be the most listened-to orchestra of its kind online.

    This season AAM collaborates with Michael Collins, VOCES8, Lucie Horsch, Nicolas Altstaedt, Tenebrae, the BBC Singers, the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, and the Grange Festival. Programmes include large-scale vocal masterpieces such as Bach’s St Matthew Passion and Handel’s Israel in Egypt, as well as concert performances of operas including Dido and Aeneas and The Marriage of Figaro.

     

  • Orchestras
  • Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia

    The Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia is one of the oldest musical institutions in the world. Officially founded in 1585, it has evolved over the centuries from an organization of largely “local” musicians to a modern academy and symphonic concert organization of international repute. Uniting an academic body of 100 of the most illustrious exponents of culture and music with a symphonic orchestra and chorus that are among the most internationally renowned, the Accademia carries out professional musical training and conserves an extremely rich historical patrimony, thus reflecting its own multi-century history.

    Sir Antonio Pappano has been Music Director of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia since October 2005; he had already become Music Director of London’s Covent Garden in September 2002.

    October 2017 saw Askonas Holt’s first tour with the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, in which the orchestra performed across the US with Sir Antonio Pappano, Martha Argerich and Beatrice Rana, in Boston, Rochester NY and Washington DC.

  • Dance
  • Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

    ROBERT BATTLE, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
    Masazumi Chaya, Associate Artistic Director

    Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is one of the most iconic dance companies in the world. Founded by Alvin Ailey in 1958, the group performs worldwide as the United States’ Cultural Ambassador to the World, thrilling audiences with the rich emotions of its repertory and the extraordinary talents of its dancers. Before his untimely death in 1989, Alvin Ailey designated Judith Jamison as his successor, and over the next 21 years she brought the Company to unprecedented heights. In July 2011, Ms. Jamison passed the mantle of Artistic Director to Robert Battle.

    Recent highlights of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s work include nationwide US touring, sell out seasons in New York, London and Paris, and guest appearances in major cities including Oslo, Moscow, Berlin, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Geneva, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires and Johannesburg.

    During the Autumn of 2019, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater made a highly-acclaimed return to Sadler’s Wells in London, opening the season with three programmes of recent work set alongside Alvin Ailey’s timeless masterpiece, Revelations.

  • Orchestras
  • Bamberger Symphoniker

    The Bamberger Symphoniker – Bayerische Staatsphilharmonie has always enjoyed a special status in the music world. 7,000 concerts in more than 60 countries and 500 cities – with this record, the Bamberger Symphoniker is rightly considered the German touring orchestra.

    That reputation is also in no small part due to the Principal and Guest Conductors who have led and shaped the Bamberger Symphoniker over the decades. Since January 2000, the Orchestra’s artistic direction has been in the hands of Jonathan Nott whose contract ran until summer 2016. Alongside Nott, Herbert Blomstedt has also played a distinguished role in Bamberg as Honorary Conductor since March 2006; in January 2016, Christoph Eschenbach was also appointed Honorary Conductor of the Orchestra; and from 2010-2013 Robin Ticciati was Principal Guest Conductor. From autumn 2016, Jakub Hrůša assumed musical direction of the orchestra.

    Under Nott, the Bamberger Symphoniker has performed at the Salzburg and Beijing festivals, at London’s BBC Proms, San Sebastián and, on four occasions, at New York’s Lincoln Center. They have undertaken extended trips round Europe, with concerts in Paris, Madrid, Brussels, Luxemburg, London, Vienna and Berlin, and tours of Japan, China and recently to South America in 2016.

  • Orchestras
  • BBC National Orchestra of Wales

    BBC National Orchestra of Wales plays a special role as both a broadcast orchestra and the national symphony orchestra of Wales. Its adventurous programming is driven by the artistic team of Principal Guest Conductor Xian Zhang and Conductor Laureate Tadaaki Otaka.  An ambassador of Welsh music, the Orchestra works closely with Composer-in-Association Huw Watkins championing Welsh contemporary music.

    Part of BBC Wales and generously supported by the Arts Council of Wales, BBC NOW perform a busy schedule of live concerts, touring throughout Wales and the UK. Almost all of their performances can be heard on the BBC, with frequent broadcasts on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio Cymru, and appearances at BBC Cardiff Singer of the World and annually at the BBC Proms.

    As well as delivering an extensive learning programme, BBC NOW is one of the UK’s foremost soundtrack orchestras. From their studio at BBC Hoddinott Hall in Wales Millennium Centre, they’ve worked with programmes such as War and Peace, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and produced award winning soundtracks for Doctor Who.

  • Orchestras
  • BBC Symphony Orchestra

    The BBC Symphony Orchestra has been at the heart of British musical life since it was founded in 1930. It plays a central role in the BBC Proms, performing around a dozen concerts there each year, including the First and Last Nights.

    Alongside its appearances at the BBC Proms, the BBC SO performs an annual season of concerts at the Barbican, where it is Associate Orchestra. Highlights of the 2019-20 season include William Alwyn’s opera Miss Julie conducted by Chief Conductor Sakari Oramo,  two concerts with Dalia Stasevska featuring music by Stravinsky, Sibelius and Helen Grime, concerts of  words and music with Neil Gaiman and David Walliams and Beethoven’s Missa solemnis with the BBC Symphony Chorus.

    Central to the orchestra’s life are studio recordings for BBC Radio 3, which are free to attend, as well as performances around the world and the vast majority of performances are broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and available for 30 days after broadcast on BBC Sounds.

     

  • Orchestras
  • Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra

    Askonas Holt is delighted to be working with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Norway’s national orchestra.  Dating back to 1765, the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the world’s oldest orchestras, and celebrated its 250th anniversary in 2015. In the same year, Edward Gardner became Chief Conductor of the orchestra.

    January 2017 marked the start of Askonas Holt’s working relationship with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra with a successful five-date tour of the UK, culminating in a performance at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.  In August 2017 the Orchestra received 5* reviews all-round for their incredible performance of Britten’s Peter Grimes at the Edinburgh International Festival.

    The Orchestra has recently returned from a successful five-date European tour; upcoming plans include a summer festival tour in August 2018.

     

  • Orchestras
  • Berliner Philharmoniker

    Askonas Holt’s relationship with the legendary Berliner Philharmoniker has spanned decades. We have managed many concert tours for the orchestra in Europe and Asia, including numerous visits to London, under the batons of Sir Simon Rattle, Bernard Haitink, Claudio Abbado, Herbert von Karajan and others.

    Since Sir Simon Rattle’s appointment as Music Director of the Berliner Philharmoniker in 2002, Askonas Holt has arranged concerts in cities as diverse as London, Rome, Moscow, Beijing, Taipei and Tokyo. In 2015 the Berliner Philharmoniker celebrated Sir Simon Rattle’s 60th birthday in style with a week-long London residency, performing a Sibelius Symphony Cycle at the Barbican Hall and Mahler and Helmut Lachenmann at the Royal Festival Hall. In May 2018 the orchestra performed with Sir Simon in London for the final time with two highly acclaimed concerts at the Royal Festival Hall. The orchestra returns to the London for the BBC Proms in September with new Music Director Kirill Petrenko before undertaking an extensive tour of Asia with Gustavo Dudamel in November.