The Academy of Ancient Music (AAM) has announced that the Hogwood Fellow for the 2018-2019 season is Sandy Burnett, a leading broadcaster, conductor, bassist, lecturer and evangelist for music. Known to fans of BBC Radio 3, Burnett has been a frequent guest at AAM’s concerts, in the audience, leading tour groups, and presenting pre-concert talks.
Burnett succeeds Prof. Robert Levin, AAM’s inaugural Hogwood Fellow. During his tenure, Prof. Levin was a prominent advocate of historically-informed performance practice and performed concertos with AAM, wrote a season of detailed historical programme notes, filmed video content, and delivered pre-concert talks and lectures
The late Christopher Hogwood was a pioneer of the early music scene, his belief in a strong foundation of scholarship underpinning his musical interpretations with AAM. Starting with the original manuscripts and using original instruments, Hogwood and AAM led the ground-breaking “period instrument revolution” from the 1970s, the resonances of which are still felt today. The position of Hogwood Fellow seeks to further our understanding of, and relationship with music from this era - some of the most powerful and personal music ever written.
Sandy Burnett said, of his appointment: “I’m thrilled to be chosen as Hogwood Fellow for the forthcoming season, and can’t wait to work alongside the superb members of the Academy of Ancient Music whose music making has inspired me for decades. For me it will be all about making connections – both deepening the knowledge of the AAM’s existing loyal audience and reaching out to new listeners. And I have lots of ideas brewing about how we’re going to extend the understanding and enjoyment of seventeenth and eighteenth century music, whether it’s live performance in the hall, discussions in the bar, or resources online – so watch this space!”
AAM's Chief Executive Alexander Van Ingen added: “Sandy and the Academy of Ancient Music have worked brilliantly together in recent years, enlightening and entertaining audiences at our concerts. We’re excited to now appoint Sandy as our Hogwood Fellow for 2018-2019, and look forward to taking his infectious, informative approach to audiences outside the concert-hall, encouraging and educating new listeners in our world of period performance of some of the finest music ever written.”