Formed by Sir Neville Marriner in 1958 from a group of leading London musicians, the Academy gave its first performance in its namesake church in November 1959. Over the years, through its live performances and vast recording output, including the soundtrack to the 1985 Oscar-winning film Amadeus, the orchestra has gained an enviable international reputation. Now recognized as one of the world’s premier chamber orchestras, the Academy’s fresh and brilliant interpretations of the world’s most-loved classical music makes them a fan-favorite.
Bell, named Musical Director in 2011, is only the second person since Marriner to hold this position with the Academy. One of the most celebrated violinists of his era and an exclusive Sony Classical artist, he has recorded more than 40 CDs garnering Grammy, Mercury, Gramophone and Echo Klassik awards. Bell’s restless curiosity, passion, and multi-faceted musical interests and nearly unparalleled in the world of classical music.
The program includes Felix Mendelssohn’s “Overture to a Midsummer Night’s Dream, Op.21,” Henryk Wieniawski’s “Violin Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 22,” as well as Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op.68, Pastoral.”
— Jessica Morelli