an ELITE YOUNG ENSEMBLE, DEDICATED TO REVITALISING THE CONCERT EXPERIENCE.
Whether it's hearing a brand new piece or simply getting 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.
The forge season tickets
We're proud to be The Forge's resident orchestra. One of the many benefits the partnership has brought us is the ability to offer money-saving season tickets - simply CLICK HERE to buy one . For £30, you get a ticket to 'The Titan', 'Surround Sound' and 'Love all, Trust a Few'. It's a 17% saving on all three events!
MAke an evening of it...
One of the reasons we love The Forge so much is it that has its own Restaurant and Bar. Inspired by that, we've tried to design our concerts so you can create the 'perfect ACO night out' - here are our suggestions
Our concerts start later than usual (8.30pm) so that you have time to book a table and enjoy a delicious dinner at the Forge Restaurant. CLICK HERE for menus or call 020 7383 7808 for reservations.
If you don't fancy dinner, it's happy hour till 9pm so come for a drink. Often they'll be ACO players in the venue ready to answer questions and introduce themselves to you!
We've done away with the interval meaning all our concerts will be over before 10pm - so you can enjoy the evening without worrying about how you'll feel on Wednesday morning (of course no one is stopping you from enjoying an post-concert drink with us at the bar if you'd like...).
WE NEED YOU.
DID YOU KNOW THAT TICKET SALES ONly COVER 1/3 OF THE COST OF A CONCERT?
IT WON'T SURPRISE YOU THEN, THAT THE ACO IS COMPLETELY RELIANT ON ITS FRIENDS SCHEME. REALLY, WE NEED YOU.
It's our friends that made our launch possible. They supported our first radio broadcast and they gave us the means to make our Southbank Centre debut. Now, with our most ambitious work fast approaching we need them more than ever.
In return return for joining the scheme we'll open our doors to you and make you part of our family. Friends get priority notice about concerts, access to rehearsals and tickets to our secret gigs. They also receive personal contact from us with pre- and post-concert friends events as well as our annual newsletter, which has behind-the-scenes coverage, player interviews and reports from the events they may have missed.
But most importantly of all, they get the unique thrill every time they hear the orchestra play of knowing they made it happen.
levels of support
As an ACO Friend, you receive our annual review and priority notice about concerts. And our everlasting gratitude!
As an ACO Patron, you get all the above plus:
- our 'Inside the ACO' package: rehearsal passes, and when available access to pre and post concert events.
- TICKETS TO THE ACO:SECRET SESSIONS, two private concerts in an exclusive London Members' Club
We pride ourselves on the fact that every member of our orchestra is a brilliant individual musician. As a chair sponsor, you'll be directly supporting the career of one of these extraordinary talents. As well as all the benefits of being a PATRON you'll meet your player at our concerts and get to know them. In special circumstances we'll even be able to arrange for them to give you a private recital in your own home!