Martin-in-the-Fields", a small, conductorless string group. Inthe orchestra dropped the hyphens from its full name. The initial performances as a string orchestra at St Martin-in-the-Fields played a key role in the revival of Baroque performances in England. The orchestra has since expanded to include winds. It remains flexible in size, changing its make-up to suit its repertoire, which ranges from the Baroque to contemporary works.
Neville Marriner continued to perform obbligatos and concertino solos with the orchestra untiland led the orchestra on recordings until the autumn ofwhen he switched to conducting from the podium from directing the orchestra from the leader's desk.
Marriner held the title of Life President until his death in On recordings, besides Marriner, Iona Brown and Kenneth Sillito have led the orchestra, among others. SinceMurray Perahia has held the title Bourree - The Academy Of St.
Martin-in-the-Fields - The Academy Of St. Martin-in-the-Fields Principal Guest Conductor of the orchestra, and has made commercial recordings with the orchestra as pianist and conductor. In Maythe orchestra announced the appointment of Joshua Bourree - The Academy Of St. Martin-in-the-Fields - The Academy Of St. Martin-in-the-Fields as its new Music Director, the second person to hold the title in the orchestra's history, effective Septemberwith an initial contract of 3 years.
It has since accumulated an extensive discography, and is one of the most recorded chamber orchestras in the world, with over sessions. The partnership between the Academy and its founder Sir Neville Marriner is the most recorded of any orchestra and conductor. The Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble was created in to perform the larger chamber works with players who customarily worked together, instead of the usual string quartet with additional guests.
Drawn from the principal players of the Academy and led by violinist Tomo Keller, the Chamber Ensemble performs in all shapes and sizes, from string quintets to octets, and in various other configurations featuring winds. Its touring commitments are extensive and include regular tours of Europe and North America, whilst recording contracts with Philips Classics, Hyperion, and Chandos have led to the release of over thirty CDs.
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