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Melissa Bradshaw

The Academy of Ancient Music to become carbon-neutral by 50th anniversary

11:19, 17th January 2020

The Academy of Ancient Music (AAM) has announced plans to reduce its environmental impact, with the aim of becoming carbon-neutral by its 50th anniversary in two seasons’ time.

As the first UK orchestra to work toward this goal, the AAM will immediately begin assessing its environmental impact, working with academic experts and specialists through its residency at the University of Cambridge to launch an in-depth analysis of its activities from the concert platform to the recording studio.

‘We believe in making high-level music-making accessible to musicians everywhere, and we recognise that this necessarily involves a certain amount of travel, transporting musicians, instruments, staff and even audiences, all of which has an environmental impact,’ says AAM chief executive Alexander Van Ingen. ‘This is an issue which we must take seriously at an organisational level, in order to ensure that the music we are proud to champion is heard by generations to come.’

AAM music director Richard Egarr added: ‘As we crash into a new decade that begins with so many questions and so many potential worries, we at AAM can begin to make a positive change by declaring our commitment to becoming carbon-neutral by our 50th birthday. This would be the first of many future steps to take live music making into this and the following decades in a healthy and responsible way.’


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