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Behind our first Season In-Residence at the Barbican

Posted on 19 Oct 2018 by ACO

The foyer of the Barbican Centre
Photo credit: Max Colson

The first performance in our three-year appointment at London’s Barbican Centre as International Associate Ensemble at Milton Court is only a few days away. 

The ACO’s inaugural season in-residence at the Barbican will catapult UK audiences into the compelling sound world of the ACO, as the Orchestra runs the gamut from traditional repertoire in Mozart’s Last Three Symphonies to our original cross-artform collaboration Mountain, before ending with a signature mix of old and new music in Bach, Beethoven and Bartók, which features Australia’s star soprano Nicole Car and students from London’s Guildhall School of Music.

Our three-year appointment was instigated by the Barbican Centre’s Head of Music Huw Humphreys, who extended the invitation following the Orchestra’s performances at Milton Court last year.

“The ACO’s three concerts in March 2017 left a profound impression on us all,” Humphreys explained. “We realised that the intimate atmosphere and extraordinary acoustics made Milton Court Concert Hall the perfect space for this ensemble.”

The ACO’s Artistic Director Richard Tognetti, who believes Milton Court has arguably the finest acoustic in London, says that for his part he’s delighted and honoured to be a part of the Barbican’s courageous and inventive programming.

“We greatly look forward to collaborating with the Barbican, who share our commitment to presenting concerts that aim to inspire, embolden and challenge audiences.”

Humphreys believes that the ACO will inspire and energise audiences from the very first concert.

“We may begin in relatively traditional territory with Mozart’s last three symphonies, but as anyone familiar with the work of this ensemble will know, even the most familiar music comes up new thanks to the sheer imagination and daring of these players.”

Our first season in-residence as International Associate Ensemble at Milton Court runs for three nights, from 22 –24 October. Full details on each performance, and final seats, are available via the link below.

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