The Amsterdam Sinfonietta, with its 22 musicians, is a large and prominent string ensemble without a conductor. For the programme Songs & Poems the Amsterdam Sinfonietta commissioned composer David Matthews to edit twelve songs for baritone and string orchestra. The ensemble performed these new versions of songs originally written by Johannes Brahms, Franz Schubert and Hugo Wolf amongst others, together with baritone Thomas Hampson. Songs & Poems developed into a concert programme in which Song is central and Poetry also plays a role. Ammodo supported Songs & Poems to contribute to the realization of this concert programme and the development of the composer David Matthews.

Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Songs & Poems, Thomas Hampson, 2014