principal conductor: william Kunhardt

resident ensemble: The Forge, Camden

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Whether it is a brand new piece or simply a fresh perspective on works you thought you knew, at an ACO concert you will always experience something different.



Described as ‘deeply moving’  by the Independent in 2014, our concerts are theatrical and immersive productions of classic and contemporary masterpieces. They fuse electrifying performance with lighting design, dramatisation of a work’s context and unusual venue use. We approach our performances with a sense of fun, fearlessness, and a dare-devil attitude to music-making that marks us out as unique on the London music scene. Furthermore, we look beyond the stage, using all aspects of the concert experience to enhance the drama of the piece and draw you into our musical world. 


Since our first concert in 2009, the ACO has gone from strength to strength with four seasons of concerts at Cadogan Hall, Kings Place and the Southbank Centre as well as recordings and broadcasts for Classic FM. In that time we’ve worked with high profile soloists such as Jennifer Pike and Benjamin Grosvenor and performed at leading UK festivals. Our collaborators have ranged from artists and actors to video DJs and institutions such as the Royal College of Art and Greenwich and Docklands Festival. Our guest directors have included the leaders of the Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic and English Chamber Orchestras, the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment . In 2015 the ACO has come together for it’s most extensive and ambitious season yet. It includes a return to the Southbank Centre, our debut residency at The Forge, one of London’s newest and most innovative chamber music venues, and the launch of our very own music festival on the Llyn Peninsula in Wales.


The orchestra is led by international prize-winning conductor William Kunhardt. Since his professional debut as a 22 year old he has been engaged by orchestras and festivals across Europe, Asia and America. As well as his position with the Arensky Chamber Orchestra, William is Associate Conductor of the Piraeus Festival in Athens.


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London spring 2015