Patrons: The Most Honourable The Marquess of Londonderry

Vice Patrons: James Bowman CBE
Dr Naji Hakim
Monica Huggett FRAM
Dame Emma Kirkby

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The Academy takes its name from the Accademia di Santa Cecilia, in effect the musicians' union in seventeenth century Rome of which Corelli, Pasquini and Alessandro Scarlatti were members.

Although the Academy covers all periods of music, the principal sphere of interest is early music, interpreted loosely as music dating before 1825.

General Meetings (convocations) are held twice yearly. An admission ceremony is followed by a concert, recital or workshop.

Members receive the Academy's journal, VOX, and a regular bulletin containing details of forthcoming events. Members are invited to submit articles for publication.

The Academy is a social and learned society and not an examining body.

From time to time the Chapter awards Honorary Fellowships in recognition of an individual's musical contribution.