Academy of Ancient Music
The Academy of Ancient Music ( Academy of Ancient Music ) is an English chamber orchestra, specializing in the context of historical performance practice. It was founded in 1973 by harpsichordist Christopher Hogwood. It was named after a London institution of the same name, which was founded in 1726.
The ensemble, based at the University of Cambridge has mainly specialized in compositions from the Baroque, Classical and early Romantic period. The Academy plays on original instruments. The musicians will be conducted according to the historical model of harpsichord or from the concertmaster's desk. Concertmaster of the past years have been renowned violinist Simon Standage like, Rachel Podger and Andrew Manze. Manze and the oboist Paul Goodwin were appointed in 1996 Deputy ensemble conductors.
Since 30 April 2006, the ensemble is led by harpsichordist Richard Egarr.