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Academy of St Martin in the Fields

7 – 9 October 2023

Led by Joshua Bell

In the Concert Hall

Classical Music

Under the inspired direction of virtuoso violinist Joshua Bell, hear one of the world’s finest chamber orchestra’s perform three outstanding programs in the renewed acoustic of the Concert Hall.


Bringing fresh energy to classical favourites

Based in London, The Academy of St Martin in the Fields is one of the world’s finest chamber orchestras, renowned for fresh, brilliant interpretations of the world’s greatest orchestral music.

Through inimitable live performances and a far-reaching recording output – highlights including Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and the soundtrack to the Oscar-winning film Amadeus – the orchestra has gained an enviable international reputation for its distinctive, polished, and refined sound. With over 500 releases in an esteemed discography and a comprehensive international touring program, the name and sound of the Academy is known and loved by audiences throughout the world.

Today the orchestra is led by Music Director and virtuoso violinist Joshua Bell, retaining the collegiate spirit and flexibility of the original small, conductor-less ensemble. Under Bell’s direction, the Academy continues to push the boundaries of player-directed performance to new heights, presenting symphonic repertoire and chamber music on a grand scale.

When the Academy returns to the renewed Concert Hall, you’ll be able to experience their vitality in three gorgeous programs from the heart of the classical tradition. Each concert will feature Joshua Bell in one of the great violin concertos: Mendelssohn, Beethoven and Bach’s A minor. Meanwhile, Mendelssohn’s two most popular symphonies, Mozart’s Symphony No.40 and Prokofiev in Classical mode will show the Academy playing to its strengths.

“I can’t think of a better way to start our 2023-24 season than to return to some of our favourite concert halls in Australia. The Academy and I will perform several giants of the classical repertoire, including the beloved violin concertos of Bach, Mendelssohn and Beethoven, as well as symphonies of Mozart, Mendelssohn and Prokofiev. While we look forward to reacquainting ourselves with the seasoned audiences we know and love in Sydney, we also hope to entice those of all ages who may be coming to hear these glorious masterpieces live for the very first time.”

Joshua Bell

NSW Government

This program is proudly supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW’s Blockbusters Funding initiative


Watch the trailer

The power of Bell’s communication is astonishing. The dazzling execution, powerful expression and beautiful tone are mesmerising…

The Australian

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