Academy of St Martin in the Fields (chamber orchestra)

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The Academy of St Martin in the Fields is an English chamber orchestra, based in London.

Sir Neville Marriner founded the orchestra as The Academy of St.-Martin-in-the-Fields in London as a small, conductorless string group. The original group numbered 11, all male. Their name comes from Trafalgar Square's St Martin-in-the-Fields church, where the orchestra gave its first concert on November 13, 1959. In 1988, the orchestra dropped the hyphens from its full name. Marriner holds the title of Life President.

The initial performances as a string orchestra at St Martin-in-the-Fields' church played a key role in the revival of baroque performances in England. The orchestra has since expanded to include winds. It remains flexible in size, changing its make-up to suit its repertoire, which ranges from the Baroque to contemporary works.

Neville Marriner continued to perform obbligatos and concertino solos with the orchestra until 1969, and led the orchestra on recordings until the autumn of 1970, when he switched to conducting from the podium from directing the orchestra from the leader's desk. On recordings, besides Marriner, Iona Brown and Kenneth Sillito have led the orchestra among others. Since 2000, Murray Perahia has held the title of principal guest conductor of the orchestra, and has made commercial recordings with the orchestra as pianist and conductor.

In May 2011, the orchestra announced the appointment of Joshua Bell as its new music director, the second person to hold the title in the orchestra's history, effective September 2011, with an initial contract of 3 years.

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Discography

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Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1970 The Four Seasons Antonio Vivaldi; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner 4
1972 Clarinet Concerto / Bassoon Concerto / Andante for Flute Mozart; Jack Brymer, Michael Chapman, Claude Monteux, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner 1
1972 Concerto for Flute and Harp / Sinfonia Concertante Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner 1
1972 Horn Concertos nos. 1 - 4 Mozart; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner, Barry Tuckwell 2
1972 Horn Concertos Nos. 1-4 / Rondo for Horn & Orchestra Mozart; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner, Alan Civil 2
1973 Flute Concerto, K.313 / Oboe Concerto, K.314 Mozart; Claude Monteux, Neil Black, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner 1
1974 Telemann: Suite in A minor / Sammartini: Concerto in F / Handel: Concerto in B flat Telemann, Samartini, Handel; David Munrow, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner 1
1976 Barber: Adagio for Strings / Ives: Symphony No. 3 / Copland: Quiet City / Cowell: Hymn and Fuguing Tune No. 10 / Creston: A Rumor Samuel Barber, Charles Ives, Aaron Copland, Henry Cowell, Paul Creston; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner 3
1980 Brandenburgische Konzerte Johann Sebastian Bach; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner 1
1980 Scandinavian Music Grieg, Sibelius, Nielsen, Dag Wirén; The Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Neville Marriner 2
1982 Nutcracker Suite / Serenade for Strings Tchaikovsky; Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Neville Marriner 2
1982 Piano Concertos Nos. 15, 21 Mozart; Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Sir Neville Marriner, Alfred Brendel 2
1982 Suite in A minor / 2 Double Concertos Telemann; Michala Petri, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Iona Brown 2
1983 Violin Concerto Beethoven; Gidon Kremer, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner 2
1983 Serenades op. 22 & 44) Antonín Dvořák; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner 1
1983 Handel, Babell, Baston: Recorder Concertos / Gordon Jacob: Suite for Recorder Händel, Babell, Baston, Gordon Jacob; Michala Petri, Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Kenneth Sillito 2
1983 Peer Gynt Edvard Grieg; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner 1
1984 5 Violin Concertos Telemann; Iona Brown, Academy of St Martin in the Fields 1
1985 Grieg: Holberg Suite / Sibelius: Karelia Suite Sibelius, Grieg; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner 4
1985 Piano Concertos No. 11 KV 413 & No. 16 KV 451 Mozart; Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Neville Marriner, Alfred Brendel 1
1986 Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis / Fantasia on Greensleeves / The Lark Ascending / Five Variants on Dives and Lazurus Vaughan Williams; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner 2
1986 Piano Concertos No. 5 KV 175 & No. 6 KV 238 Mozart; Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Neville Marriner, Alfred Brendel 1
1986 Le Nozze di Figaro Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Neville Marriner 1
1987 Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 Felix Mendelssohn; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner, Murray Perahia 1
1987 Baroque Horn Concertos Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Iona Brown, Barry Tuckwell 1
1987 English Music for Strings Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner 1
1987 Messiah (Arias and Choruses) Handel; Academy & Chorus of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Neville Marriner 1
1987 Trumpet Concertos Haydn, Hummel, Hertel, Stamitz; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner, Håkan Hardenberger 1
1988 Violin Concertos Bruch, Mendelssohn; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner, Joshua Bell 1
1988 Five Cello Concerti Antonio Vivaldi; Heinrich Schiff, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Iona Brown 1
1989 The Horn Concertos Mozart; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner, Peter Damm 1
1989 Water Music George Frideric Handel; Academy of St. Martin‐in‐the‐Fields & Neville Marriner 2
1990 Brandenburg Concertos nos. 1, 2 & 3 Johann Sebastian Bach; Henryk Szeryng, Heinz Holliger, Carl Pini, Michala Petri, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner 1
1990 Film Music, Volume 2: Battle of Britain Suite / A Wartime Sketchbook / "Spitfire" Prelude and Fugue / Escape Me Never / The Three Sisters Sir William Walton; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner 1
1991 Requiem Mozart; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner 2
1991 Bassoon Concertos Hummel, Weber; Klaus Thunemann, Sir Neville Marriner, Academy of St Martin in the Fields 1
1992 Messiah Handel; James Bowman, Robert Tear, Benjamin Luxon, Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir David Willcocks 1
1993 The Guitar Quintets Luigi Boccherini; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Pepe Romero 1
1994 L'estro armonico (4 Concertos) Vivaldi; Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Neville Marriner 2
1994 Christmas with the Academy Academy and Chorus of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner 1
1994 Peer Gynt Suiten 1 und 2 / Holberg Suite Grieg; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner 1
1994 Piano Concertos Nos. 23 & 27 Mozart; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner, Alfred Brendel 1
1994 The French Connection Ravel, Debussy, Fauré, Ibert; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner 1
1994 The Great Piano Concertos, Volume II Mozart; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner, Alfred Brendel 1
1995 String Sonatas 1-6 Rossini, Donizetti, Vincenzo Bellini, Luigi Cherubini; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner 1
1995 English Idyll Julian Lloyd Webber, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner 1
1995 Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis / In the Fen Country / Norfolk Rhapsody Vaughan Williams; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner 1
1995 Violin Concertos Tchaikovsky, Sibelius; Leila Josefowicz, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner 1
1995 Violinkonzert No. 1 Mozart; Anne-Sophie Mutter, Bruno Giuranna, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner 1
1997 Concerto no. 1 / Scottish Fantasy Bruch; Akiko Suwanai, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner 1

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