Job’s worth it for Joshua Bell

Job’s worth it for Joshua Bell


norman lebrecht

November 13, 2019

The US violinist has renewed as music director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields until 2023.

It’s essentially a touring post. Neville Marriner’s ensemble has all but lost its London profile.



  • James says:

    I’m guessing they didn’t invite you to the gala last night then?

  • Anon says:

    Maintaining a London profile is amazingly expensive and loss-making. ASMF haven’t so much lost it as deliberately moved away from splurging cash on vanity concerts in London, preferring to concentrate on excellent musical projects for promoters and audiences who want them, providing good, coherent project-based work for players. That’s quite sensible!

  • Zelda Macnamara says:

    Well, I’m glad they don’t stay in London all the time. They even come to Birmingham! And with JB leading from the front desk, their performances are electrifying, and music heard many times before sounds new and fresh.

  • Keith Paterson says:

    And they are all the better for it.

  • Greg Bottini says:

    Joshua Bell is a fine violinist and an excellent leader.
    ASMF is in good hands.

  • Sue Sonata Form says:

    I’m surprised Bell wants to be music director of a comparatively mediocre ensemble.

  • Vaquero357 says:

    Huh. I always thought the ASMF was mostly a recording-and-touring ensemble. Didn’t know they ever had a big London residency. (But who provides music for the church nowadays?)