The Academy of St Martin in the Fields

Joshua Bell and ASMF


Academy of St Martin in the Fields’ two evening concerts are sold out. You can still see Joshua Bell and The Academy Chamber Ensemble in an exclusive matinee performance this April. Click the recommended concerts tab to book now.

For over 50 years, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields has been one of the world’s favourite orchestras. Established and led by the late Sir Neville Marriner, this chamber orchestra brought the music of Mozart, Vivaldi, Beethoven and more to life in refined and sensitive performances that have captivated billions.

From the Four Seasons to the score for Amadeus, the Academy’s recordings are some of the treasures of classical music. Now led by brilliant virtuoso violinist Joshua Bell, the Academy is delighting new generations of music-lovers. Discover the refinement and joy of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields live in Australia’s best place to hear.

Concert 1: Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto

Joshua Bell’s performance of Tchaikovsky’s violin concerto is iconic. His thrilling unconducted performance of this pinnacle of the Romantic repertoire restores its vibrancy and power. The slow movement of Schumann’s violin concerto is a lyrical showcase for Bell and the Academy’s strings. Two picture postcards from Mendelssohn surround it: a wave-tossed voyage to a Scottish sea-cave and a sunny picture from Italy – a glorious showcase for a virtuoso orchestra. Click the program tab above to view the repertoire.

Concert 2: Beethoven’s Third

Mozart’s dramatic Symphony No.25 reveals the composer’s surefooted sense of theatre. Darkly stormy and operatic, it is one of his earliest symphonic masterpieces. The violinist is the star of his similarly dramatic Fourth Violin Concerto – a bravura display of swagger and elegance for soloist Joshua Bell. Beethoven’s Third Symphony is an explosion of heroic determination and unbridled joy without equal, and one of humanity’s greatest works of art. It is a revolution in sound. Click the program tab above to view the repertoire.

Melbourne performances of the Academy supported by Yvonne von Hartel AM & Robert Peck AM of peckvonhartel architects.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre


Concert One Program – Wednesday 19 April

Felix Mendelssohn
The Hebrides, Op.26

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Violin Concerto in D Op.35

Robert Schumann
Violin Concerto: Second Movement

Felix Mendelssohn
Symphony No.4 in A, Op.90 ‘Italian’

Concert Two Program – Thursday 20 April

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Symphony No.25 in G minor, K.183
Violin Concerto No.4 in D, K218

Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No.3 in E-flat, Op.55 ‘Eroica’


Join us for a pre-concert talks in the Elisabeth Murdoch Hall from 6.45pm – 7.15pm on both evenings.