The Academy of Ancient Music’s most recent concert at the Barbican concert hall this week: part-dramatised selection of Purcell-related titbits in the first half, and a semi-staged performance of Dido and Aeneas in the second. An important musical moment for me. Gripping. Absorbing. Electrifying.
The Academy of Ancient Music present themselves as a modest, unassuming bunch on stage. Professionals who have studied hard and continue to develop their art by immersing themselves in the music and practise they love. Their work often feels like music produced in labaratory conditions. A band to be cherished.