IN THIS UPDATE:
FIRST ROUND GRANTS - IMPACT
We are delighted to report that grantee activity in August included seven live performances with an audience, three new filmed concerts, a ground-breaking recording and concerts filmed in previous months which began streaming.
The figures so far:
£112,600 disbursed to 19 ensembles
329 musicians engaged since April 2021
Please read on for highlights from projects which took place in August. In the meantime, we wished to share this feedback from The Brook Street Band about their project to make a recording of Lampe's 'The Dragon of Wantley’:
“We had a wonderful first day today; it was so lovely to be together again, and it was the first time we’ve had our first violinist, Rachel, with us in 21 months. There were lots of tears of joy. Thank you for making this possible and giving us a project to dare to dream about.” – Tatty Theo
GRANT ROUND TWO IN PROGRESS!
The application submission period for our second round of grants closed on 9th August. We were delighted to receive 60 applications for a varied group of exciting projects. Our expert Advisory Panel, to whom we are incredibly grateful for giving their time to evaluate the artistic merit of each, has put forward a selection of excellent projects for the Trustees to consider.
Once again, the total grant amount requested for these priority projects is well in excess of our funds available, so the Trustees will have some difficult decisions to make. We will endeavour to support as many ensembles as possible, especially those whom we were unable to help in the first round.
Grant Round 2 awards will be announced on 21st September 2021.
THE CONTINUO FOUNDATION AWARD FOR STUDENTS OF HISTORICAL PERFORMANCE
Music at the Tower’s Bach for Good festival was a huge success, bringing together hundreds of attendees of all ages from the Hornsey community and beyond. The eleven talented young musicians selected as winners of the Award were on great form and enjoyed performing alongside the professionals in the main orchestra and in smaller ensembles. We are grateful to The Vernon Ellis Foundation for making this initiative possible. Read Andrew Benson-Wilson’s review, with more photos, here.
FIRST ROUND GRANTS - AUGUST HIGHLIGHTS
Consone Quartet – Barnstorming #2
The Consone Quartet were in a beautiful 14th century Tithe Barn in Gloucestershire with Carina Cosgrave (double bass), James Maltby (clarinet), Joe Qiu (bassoon) and Anneke Scott (horn) to film a vibrant performance of Schubert’s Octet in F major,
D. 803 for their Barnstorming series.
Stay tuned for the streaming date...
Dunedin Consort – Dido’s Ghost
Dunedin Consort rounded off their summer tour of Dido’s Ghost with the Scottish premiere of this work by Errollyn Wallen. There were three critically-acclaimed performances at the Edinburgh International Festival, with Golda Schutz as Anna. Read the 5* review in The Scotsman here.
Linarol Consort of Viols – Josquin 500 Festival
The Linarol Consort gave the first two 'Josquin 500' concerts in Folkestone (with soprano Heloise Bernard) and in Leominster (with The Binchois Consort). Both performances are available to watch online by clicking here.
JUNE AND JULY PROJECTS WHICH WENT ONLINE IN AUGUST
Florilegium – Haydn Symphonies ‘Morning, Noon and Night’
Florilegium have created a beautifully edited film from their live performances of Haydn Symphonies 6, 7 and 8 at the Stour Festival in June 2021. Film available to watch by clicking here. To watch the trailer, click on the photo at left.
Fretwork - 'Paradise Lost'
Fretwork viol consort filmed a concert tracing the connections between the family of 17th century composer Leonora Duarte and scientific, political, intellectual & literary figures in their circle including Milton and Spinoza. Click here to watch the full film. To watch the trailer, click on the photo at right.
La Nuova Musica - Mozart’s First and Last
LNM have created a two-part documentary from their filmed concert at St John’s Smith Square, with commentary and interviews from David Bates, Rachel Podger and Joseph McHardy. Series available to watch here. To watch the trailer, click on the photo.