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

John Churchill, then Master of Music at the London church of St Martin-in-the-Fields, and Neville Marriner (later Sir Neville) founded the orchestra as "The Academy of St.-Martin-in-the-Fields", a small, conductorless string group. The original group numbered 11, all male. The orchestra gave its first concert on November 13, 1959, in the church it was named after. In 1988, the orchestra dropped the hyphens from its full name. Marriner held the title of Life President until his death in 2016.

The initial performances as a string orchestra at St Martin-in-the-Fields 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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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1969 Serenade for Strings / Souvenir de Florence Tchaikovsky, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner 1
1970 The Four Seasons Vivaldi; Alan Loveday, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner 4
1971 Brandenburgische Konzerte 1-2-6 Johann Sebastian Bach; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner 1
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 3
1972 Horn Concertos Nos. 1-4 / Rondo for Horn & Orchestra Mozart; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner, Alan Civil 2
1972 Music for the Royal Fireworks / Water Music (1971 recordings) Handel; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner 5 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
1973 L'estro armonico / 4 Concertos Vivaldi; Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Neville Marriner 2
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
1975 Piano Concertos nos. 1 & 2 Mendelssohn; Murray Perahia, Academy of St. Martin‐in‐the‐Fields, Neville Marriner 5 4
1976 Barber: Adagio for Strings / Ives: Symphony no. 3 / Copland: Quiet City Barber, Ives, Copland; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner 3
1977 Requiem Mozart; Ileana Cotrubaş, Helen Watts, Robert Tear, John Shirley‐Quirk, Academy and Chorus of St. Martin‐in‐the‐Fields, László Heltay, Neville Marriner 1
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
1981 Serenades op. 22 & 44 Dvořák; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner 2
1982 Il barbiere di Siviglia: Highlights Rossini; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner, Thomas Allen, Agnes Baltsa, Francisco Araiza 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
1983 Violin Concerto Beethoven; Gidon Kremer, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner 2
1983 Händel, Babell, Baston: Recorder Concertos / Jacob: Suite for Recorder Händel, Babell, Baston, Jacob; Michala Petri, Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Kenneth Sillito 2
1983 Il barbiere di Siviglia Rossini; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner, Thomas Allen, Agnes Baltsa, Francisco Araiza 1
1983 Peer Gynt Edvard Grieg; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner 1
1983 Symphony No. 8 in B minor / Symphonic Fragments in D major Franz Schubert; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner 1
1984 Concierto de Aranjuez / Fantasia para un gentilhombre Rodrigo; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner, Pepe Romero 1
1984 Serenade KV 250 "Haffner" Mozart; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner, Iona Brown 1
1984 5 Violin Concertos Telemann; Iona Brown, Academy of St Martin in the Fields 1
1984 Bach: Concerto in C minor, BWV 1060 / Vivaldi: Concerti RV 576 & 582 Bach, Vivaldi; Gidon Kremer, Heinz Holliger, Academy of St Martin in the Fields 1
1984 Guitar Concertos Antonio Vivaldi; Los Romeros, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Iona Brown 1
1984 Pavane / L’Apprenti sorcier / Danse macabre / Marche hongroise / Joyeuse marche / Prélude à L’Après-midi d’un faune Debussy, Ravel, Dukas, Saint‐Saëns; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner 1
1984 Sinfonia Concertante / Violin Concerto No. 2 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Iona Brown, Josef Suk 1
1985 Le nozze di Figaro: Highlights Mozart; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner 1
1985 Coronation Anthems Georg Friedrich Händel; Academy & Chorus of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Sir Neville Marriner 1
1985 "Kaffee-Kantate" / "Bauern-Kantate" J.S. Bach; Julia Varady, Aldo Baldin, Dietrich Fischer‐Dieskau, Academy of St. Martin‐in‐the‐Fields, Neville Marriner 2
1985 Famous Overtures Rossini; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner 2
1985 Grieg: Holberg Suite / Sibelius: Karelia Suite Sibelius, Grieg; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner 4
1985 Orchestral Suites nos. 2-4 Johann Sebastian Bach; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner 1
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 Mass in B minor Johann Sebastian Bach; Sir Neville Marriner, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus, Academy of St Martin in the Fields 1
1986 Clarinet Concerto KV 622 / Oboe Concerto KV 314 Mozart; Jack Brymer, Neil Black, 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 Concertos for Flute and Oboe Salieri, Cimarosa, Stamitz; Aurèle Nicolet, Heinz Holliger, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Kenneth Sillito 1
1986 Le Nozze di Figaro Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Neville Marriner 1
1986 Serenade KV 361 "Gran Partita" Mozart; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner 1
1986 Symphony no. 6 "Pastorale" Beethoven; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner 1
1987 Eine kleine Nachtmusik / Canon / Toy Symphony Mozart, Pachelbel, L. Mozart; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner 1
1987 Trumpet Concertos Telemann; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Iona Brown, Håkan Hardenberger, Michael Laird, William Houghton 1
1987 Antiche danze ed arie per liuto, Suite III / La boutique fantasque / Gli uccelli Respighi; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner 2
1987 Baroque Horn Concertos Barry Tuckwell, Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Iona Brown 1
1987 English Music for Strings Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner 1
1987 German Dances / Marches Mozart; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner 1
1987 Keyboard Concertos Bach; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner, Andrei Gavrilov 1
1987 Messiah (Arias and Choruses) Handel; Academy & Chorus of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Neville Marriner 1
1987 Suites Nos. 2, 3 / Flute Concerto / Concerto for Violin and Oboe Johann Sebastian Bach; Sir Neville Marriner, Academy of St Martin in the Fields 1
1987 The Birds / Three Botticelli Pictures Respighi; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner 1
1987 The Brandenburg Concertos, Nos. 4, 5 & 6 Johann Sebastian Bach; Sir Neville Marriner, Academy of St Martin in the Fields 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 Eine Kleine Nachtmusik / Serenata Notturna / Divertimenti, K136-138 Mozart; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner 1
1988 Eine kleine Nachtmusik / Serenata notturna / Sinfonia concertante Wolfgang A. Mozart; Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Neville Marriner 1
1988 Five Cello Concerti Antonio Vivaldi; Heinrich Schiff, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Iona Brown 1
1988 Magnificat Johann Sebastian Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach; Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Philip Ledger 4 1
1988 Symphonies 24, 25, 26, 27, and 32 Mozart; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner 1
1989 Brandenburg Concertos nos. 3, 4 & 5 J.S. Bach; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner 2
1989 Mendelssohn: Octet, op. 20 / Boccherini: Quintet in C major, op. 37 no. 7 Mendelssohn, Boccherini; Academy of St Martin in the Fields 2
1989 Paganini: Violin Concerto no. 1 / Vieuxtemps: Violin Concerto no. 5 Paganini, Vieuxtemps; Viktoria Mullova, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner 1
1989 Recorder Concertos Vivaldi, Telemann, Marcello, Naudot; Michala Petri, Academy of St.-Martin-in-the-Fields, Kenneth Sillito 1
1989 The Horn Concertos Mozart; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner, Peter Damm 1
1989 Water Music (1988 recordings) Handel; Academy of St. Martin‐in‐the‐Fields, Neville Marriner 3
1989 Water Music (1979 recordings) Handel; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner 1
1990 Harp Concertos Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Iona Brown, Marisa Robles 1
1990 Overtures Suppé; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner 1
1990 Die Zauberflöte Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner 1
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 Concerti for Recorder, op. 10 Antonio Vivaldi; Michala Petri, Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Iona Brown 2
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
1990 Guitar Transcriptions John Williams, Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Kenneth Sillito 2
1990 Metamorphosen / Verklarte Nacht / 5 Satze Strauss, Schoenberg, Webern; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner 1
1990 Organ Concerto / Concerto Champêtre / Gloria Poulenc; George Malcolm, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Iona Brown 1
1990 Symphony No. 5 in B-flat major, D. 485 / Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D. 759 "Unfinished" Schubert; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner 1
1991 Violin Concertos Mendelssohn; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner, Viktoria Mullova 1
1991 Orchestral Suites 1 - 4 J. S. Bach; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner 2
1991 Requiem Mozart; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner 3
1991 Viola Concerto / Don Quichotte / Overture "Hamburger Ebb und Flut" / Overture in D Telemann; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner 1
1991 "London" Symphonies Nos. 99 & 102 Haydn; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner 1
1991 Bassoon Concertos Hummel, Weber; Klaus Thunemann, Sir Neville Marriner, Academy of St Martin in the Fields 1
1991 Cello Concertos nos. 1 & 2 Haydn; Mstislav Rostropovich, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Iona Brown 3
1991 Overtures Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner 1
1991 Pini di Roma / Fontane di Roma / Feste romane Ottorino Respighi; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner 1
1991 Symphonies nos. 25, 26, 27, 29 & 32 Mozart; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner 1
1991 Symphonies nos. 40 & 41 'Jupiter' Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner 1
1991 Te Deum & Magnificat Marc‐Antoine Charpentier; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus & Sir Neville Marriner 1
1991 The World of the Academy Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner 1
1992 Concierto de Aranjuez / Fantasía para un gentilhombre / Concierto Madrigal Joaquín Rodrigo; Pepe Romero, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner 1
1992 Elijah Mendelssohn; Allen, Rolfe Johnson, Kenny, von Otter, Academy & Chorus of St. Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner 1
1992 Cantata No. 147 / Three Motets Johann Sebastian Bach; Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir David Willcocks 1
1992 Keyboard Concertos / French Suite no. 5 J. S. Bach; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner, Andrei Gavrilov 2
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

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