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  • Writer's pictureContinuo Foundation


17 March 2022

"It is a joy to see renewed confidence in the UK period performance community as Continuo helps ensembles to get back on track and musicians rebuild their careers."

– Dame Emma Kirkby, Patron of Continuo Foundation

Continuo Foundation announces the recipients of its third round of grants, awarding £100,000 to twenty-five period performance projects throughout the UK. Aiming to encourage live performances, touring to underserved areas and recently formed ensembles, these projects were selected from the 66 applications received. The new awards see Continuo’s community of grantee period-instrument ensembles grow to include a further 14 groups, bringing to 51 the number of different UK ensembles supported since the first grant awards in March 2021. The supported projects are scheduled to take place between April and September 2022, in locations across the country. For example, Baroque in the North takes a series of chamber concerts to six rural communities in Derbyshire, using venues central to village life, and serving tea and cake to attract audiences of all ages. The Prince Regent’s Band’s concert series showcasing repertoire for innovative 19th century brass instruments in historic buildings, such as Bazalgette’s Crossness Engines, is an example of the variety of venues where performances will take place. Five out of thirteen applicants in the new eligibility category 'Recently Formed Ensembles' have been granted funding for projects. Those who will resume activity after being hindered by the pandemic include Apollo’s Cabinet, Irlandiani Players, Manchester Baroque, Noxwode Baroque and The Spinacino Consort. This last group will use its grant to explore music of the Scottish Reformation through the prism of the poetry of Elizabeth Melville, the first female poet to be published in Scotland (1603). Continuo Trustee Hannah French comments:

“We are delighted to have received applications from thirteen recently formed ensembles. About 20% of the funds available went to this new category, and our grants will help five groups to take projects forward and gain visibility with audiences and promoters.”

So far, Continuo Foundation has awarded more than £350,000 in project grants since the arts charity was created in 2020, steadily growing its community of period-instrument ensembles and helping them to create performances for audiences across the UK and online. Since its first round of grants in March 2021, supported projects have provided work for more than 500 individual UK-based freelance instrumentalists and vocalists through over 100 performances in 46 different locations across the country. Beyond providing funds, Continuo’s support also involves helping ensembles to market their events to a wider audience by including them on the Continuo Grantee Events Calendar and publicising them on its social media platforms. This has brought increased attention to the ensembles and their musicians, as well as the high-calibre music they are presenting. The 25 Round 3 grant recipients are: Apollo's Cabinet, Baroque In The North, Brecon Baroque, Consone Quartet, Dunedin Consort, Ensemble Augelletti, Ensemble Hesperi, Ensemble Molière, Instruments of Time and Truth, Irlandiani Players, Istante Collective, La Serenissima, Linarol Consort of Viols, Manchester Baroque, Monteverdi String Band, Noxwode Baroque, Pocket Sinfonia, Rose Consort of Viols, Royal Baroque, Saraband, Sirinu, Spiritato, The Prince Regent's Band, The Spinacino Consort and The Telling. Full details on the ensembles and projects supported in this third round of grants are available here:


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