The Full Works Concert: Wednesday 25 March 2015, 8pm

Jane Jones showcases the Orchestra of the National Academy of Saint Cecilia, one of the oldest musical institutions in the world.

Parco della Musica Rome

The Academy of Santa Cecilia is one of the world's oldest musical institutions. It was founded in 1585 by Pope Sixtus V, in honour of two musical saints: Gregory the Great - after whom Gregorian chant is named - and Saint Cecilia, the patron saint of music. Today, it is the only remaining example of an Italian academy originating in the Renaissance that has evolved into a functioning modern academy and symphonic concert organisation of international renown.

GALLERY: Academy of Santa Cecilia - Its history in pictures >  

In the 19th century, all of Europe's major exponents of music were enrolled as honorary associates of the Academy. They included Donizetti , Rossini , Paganini , Mendelssohn and Berlioz . Among the crowned heads of Europe who were honorary members was Queen Victoria.

The Academy is made up of an academic body of 100 prominent Italian and foreign musicians providing professional training, the symphony orchestra and chorus. Since 2002, the orchestra has been housed at il Parco della Musica (pictured) designed by The Shard's architect Renzo Piano. The Parco is reportedly the world's most visited music facility with more than a million visitors every year.

Among the distinguished music directors of the Orchestra have been: Igor Markevitch (1973-1975), Giuseppe Sinopoli (1983-1987), Daniele Gatti (1992-1997) and Myung-Whun Chung (1997-2005).

Since 2005, the music director of the Orchestra has been Antonio Pappano , the British conductor – of Italian extraction – who is also music director of the Royal Opera House.


Astor Piazzolla: Libertango
Piano: Luis Bacalov
Myung-Whun Chung conducts the Orchestra of the National Academy of St Cecilia 

Ottorino Respighi: The Pines of Rome
Daniele Gatti conducts the Orchestra of the National Academy of St Cecilia

Eduardo Lalo: Cello Concerto in D minor
Cello: Han-Na Chang
Antonio Pappano conducts the Orchestra of the National Academy of St Cecilia

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Te Deum
Myung-Whun Chung conducts the Chorus and Orchestra of the National Academy of St Cecilia

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.4 in F minor
Antonio Pappano conducts the Orchestra of the National Academy of St Cecilia

The Full Works Concert