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Academy of Ancient Music

A limited number of tickets for box seats and promenade seats with restricted view ($100) will be available for sale at the box office of Hong Kong City Hall from 10am on the day of the concert.  Each person can purchase a maximum of two tickets per transaction on a first-come-first-served basis.

Venue Date & Time Price
Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall
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The Four Seasons – Nature's Voice and Verse

Experience the beauty, elegance and perfection of nature, as portrayed in music.  ‘Nature’s Voice and Verse’ interweaves Vivaldi’s legendary Four Seasons with arias by Purcell and Handel, exploring the wonders of the natural world.



Concerto No. 1, 'Spring'


Arias from The Fairy Queen

Thus the Ever Grateful Spring

See, See My Many Colour’d Fields

Dance for the Followers of Night

See, Even Night Herself is Here

Dance of the Haymakers

Now the Night is Chas’d Away


Concerto No. 2, 'Summer'


Aria from The Triumph of Time and Truth

              Like Clouds, Stormy Winds Them Impelling


Aria from Ezio

                        Finché d’un Zeffiro Soave


Concerto No. 3, 'Autumn'


Aria from Giulio Cesare

                        Da Tempesta


Concerto No. 4, 'Winter'


About the Performer

Academy of Ancient Music

The Academy of Ancient Music is renowned for thrilling audiences with its fresh, engaging performances of baroque and classical music.  Playing on original instruments and inspired by original sound worlds, the Academy of Ancient Music’s music making takes on the spirit of exploration, innovation and free-thinking which Bach, Handel and Haydn would have known.

Founded in 1973 by Christopher Hogwood, the Academy of Ancient Music was at the cutting-edge of a revolution that swept across the musical world.  Over the past four decades the Orchestra has performed live on every continent except Antarctica, and reached millions with its acclaimed array of over 300 CDs: Brit- and Grammy-Award-winning recordings of Handel operas, pioneering accounts of the Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven symphonies, and revelatory discs which championed forgotten music.

Harpsichordist Richard Egarr, who succeeded Hogwood as Music Director in 2006, continues to keep the trailblazing spirit alive.  His hundreds of concerts with the Academy of Ancient Music include the first-ever performances in China of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos, and his recordings with the Orchestra have won Edison, Gramophone and MIDEM Awards.  The Choir of the Academy of Ancient Music, which was founded by Egarr in 2007, was recently crowned ‘Choir of the Year’ at the Classical Elites Beijing .

Throughout its history the Academy of Ancient Music’s artistic excellence has been fostered by an enviable roster of guest artists.  The ongoing collaboration with the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge recently produced the world’s first live classical cinecast, with Handel’s Messiah streamed live into hundreds of cinemas throughout the globe; and current guest artists include the likes of singers Bernarda Fink, Sumi Jo and Angelika Kirchschlager, violinist Alina Ibragimova and conductor Bernard Labadie.

The Academy of Ancient Music is Associate Ensemble at the Barbican Centre in London, and Orchestra-in-Residence at the University of Cambridge.  Visit www.aam.co.uk to find out more about the Academy of Ancient Music, and to listen to and watch the Orchestra in action.

‘The finest period-instrument orchestra in the world’ – Classic FM

‘No praise can be too high’ – The Independent



Pavlo Beznosiuk

Director & Violin

Over the past 25 years Pavlo Beznosiuk has established a formidable reputation as one of Europe’s most respected baroque violinists, with a busy international career as a soloist, chamber musician, concertmaster and director.

Pavlo has a long association with the Academy of Ancient Music.  He first toured with the Orchestra in 1985, and since then has appeared frequently as a soloist and director.  Recent highlights include performances of J. S. Bach’s Concerto in C Minor for Violin and Oboe and Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with Carolyn Sampson and Daniel Taylor.  He is currently the Academy of Ancient Music’s Principal Violinist.

In the mid-1980s Beznosiuk was involved in pioneering work in the use of renaissance violins with other ensembles.  He is currently Musical Director of the Avison Ensemble, with which he has recorded the complete output of Charles Avison as well as music by Vivaldi and Handel.

Beznosiuk’s extensive recording output is central to his reputation as one of the field’s finest and most versatile players.  Recent releases with the Academy of Ancient Music include Handel’s Solo and Trio Sonatas, and he stars on the acclaimed recording of Vivaldi’s Op. 12 Violin Concertos with Christopher Hogwood.  He has recorded Biber’s complete Rosary Sonatas with the actor Timothy West, and his recent recording of J. S. Bach’s Solo Sonatas and Partitas was met with great critical acclaim.  As a violist he has recorded Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante (with both Monica Huggett and Rachel Podger), and he is currently working on a project to record all of Corelli’s published works.  Beznosiuk teaches baroque violin at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and at the Royal Academy of Music.

‘Pavlo Beznosiuk's virtuosity had me on the edge of my seat’ – BBC Music Magazine



Elin Manahan Thomas


Born in Swansea, Elin Manahan Thomas read Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic at Clare College, Cambridge, before moving to the musical world.  Her debut album Eternal Light entered the classical charts in 2007 at number two, and her recording of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with Florilegium was BBC Music Magazine’s 'Choice of the Month' in 2010.

Manahan Thomas is the first singer ever to record J. S. Bach’s Alles mit Gott, a birthday ode written in 1713 and discovered in 2005.  Other recent performances include John Blow’s Venus and Adonis in the Wigmore Hall; a British tour performing Handel with the Academy of Ancient Music; solo recitals in the Cheltenham, Chester and Canterbury Festivals; Fauré’s Requiem with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; and Vivaldi’s Gloria at Snape Maltings with the City of London Sinfonia.  Her operatic appearances range from Belinda in Dido and Aeneas to Berlioz’s Les Troyens.

She is also greatly in demand as a presenter and broadcaster, both in English and in Welsh, for which she has twice been nominated for a British Academy of Film and Television Arts award.  She also hosts a weekly classical music show for Radio Cymru.

‘Sublimely sung’ – Gramophone



Tickets available from 15 March onwards at all URBTIX outlets, on Internet and by Credit Card Telephone Booking.

Ticket and Concession

Half-price tickets available for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and the minder, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients (Limited tickets for CSSA recipients available on a first-come-first-served basis)

‘Great Music’ Package Discount

For each purchase of standard tickets for ‘An Evening with Renée Fleming’, ‘Guitar Recital by Pepe Romero’ and ‘Academy of Ancient Music’: 5% off for any 2 concerts; 10% off for all 3 concerts.

Patrons can enjoy only one of the above discount schemes for each purchase.  Please inform the box office staff at the time of purchase.

Programme Length

Running time of the concert is about 1 hour and 30 minutes with an intermission of 15 minutes.

Audience are strongly advised to arrive punctually.  No latecomers will be admitted until a suitable break or the interval in the programme.


Credit Card Telephone Booking: 2111 5999

Internet Booking: www.urbtix.hk

Programme Enquiries: 2268 7321

Ticketing Enquiries: 2734 9009

The presenter reserves the right to change the programme should unavoidable circumstances make it necessary.

Pre-concert Talk (Conducted in Cantonese)

A Musical Portrait of Nature - Baroque Composers' View of the World

Speaker: Dennis Wu

Free Admission on a first-come-first-served basis.

Venue Date & Time Price
South Committee Room, 7/F, High Block, Hong Kong City Hall
Free Admission


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