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Residency at London’s Barbican Centre

Posted on 10 Nov 2017 by ACO Marketing

Richard Tognetti at the Barbican Centre

While the orchestra continue to win accolades across Europe, we are thrilled to announce that the ACO will commence a three-year residency as International Associate Ensemble at Milton Court in partnership with the Barbican Centre, beginning during the 2018/19 season.

The orchestra are one of three International Associate ensembles who have been invited to take residence, in good company with the LA Philharmonic and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

The residency at one of Europe’s most prestigious concert venues follows on from the success of ACO Artistic Director Richard Tognetti’s time as the Barbican’s first ever Artist-in-Residence at Milton Court Concert Hall in the Barbican Presents 2016/17 season.

Richard Tognetti at the Barbican Centre
Richard Tognetti announces our
Barbican Residency

“To be invited to take residence as International Associate Ensemble at Milton Court in London, alongside such august company as the LA Philharmonic and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, is an extraordinary honour" said Tognetti. "We greatly look forward to collaborating with the Barbican, who share our commitment to presenting concerts that aim to inspire, embolden and challenge audiences”.

The Barbican Centre’s Head of Music Huw Humphreys describes all three International Associate ensembles as leaders in chamber, symphonic and jazz performance.

“We at the Barbican and our neighbours and artistic partners, the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, are delighted to welcome the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Richard Tognetti as International Associate Ensemble at Milton Court from the 2018/19 classical season for a three-year period” said Humphreys. “The ACO’s three concerts in March 2017 left a profound impression on us all, and we realised that the intimate atmosphere and extraordinary acoustics made Milton Court Concert Hall the perfect space for this ensemble. We are looking forward to be working with the ACO on an annual residency, which will include a varied range of concerts, featuring the ACO’s characteristic eclectic mix of classical  repertoire and contemporary programming as well as collaborations with Guildhall School  musicians”.

The ACO has a strong affiliation with London, having given thirty concerts in the city since their London debut in 1982. This includes sold-out performances in each of the UK’s major concert venues including the Barbican Centre, Southbank Centre and Wigmore Hall, for which they have received five-star reviews from publications including The Times, The Guardian UK and The Telegraph. 

Australian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, the Hon. Alexander Downer. “I am delighted that the ACO will have a home in London over the next three years as a result of its appointment as International Associate Ensemble at Milton Court at the Barbican Centre”.

The ACO are currently in the final stages of our 2017 European Tour. Upon conclusion later this month, the Orchestra will be returning home with the Choir of London to deliver a limited national tour of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio.