Early-music exponents the Academy of Ancient Music next week start their 40th anniversary Australian tour at the Perth Concert Hall, which also brought up the big four-oh earlier this year.
The 15-piece ensemble, last here for the 2011 Perth Festival, will perform works by Locke, Purcell, Arne and Handel on period instruments under charismatic harpsichordist and conductor Richard Egarr.
Joining them for their first national tour since 1988 will be WA soprano Sara Macliver, who performed with the AAM during that 2011 visit.
The AAM was founded by Christopher Hogwood in 1973 and has since made more than 250 recordings, and recast baroque and classical music in a new light.
"We're constantly trying to learn new things about what we do with early music and also trying to find new repertoire," Egarr says. "There's still stuff to dig out of libraries, things are constantly changing; and so they should. Most of us play modern instruments as well but, given the opportunity, we would rather investigate this music using the old tools rather than just on modern instruments because you find so much colour and interesting stuff that these instruments give you."The AAM and Sara Macliver perform at the Perth Concert Hall on Monday night.