IN THIS UPDATE:
FIRST ROUND GRANTS - IMPACT
We are delighted to report that activity in July included six 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:
£99,500 disbursed to 17 ensembles
290 musicians engaged since April 2021
Please read on for highlights from projects which took place in July. In the meantime, we wished to share this wonderful feedback from Fretwork viol consort about 'Paradise Lost':
“The project was tremendously invigorating for the ensemble as it gave us a focus and direction at a time when there might have been despondency that things were never going to get back to normal. It was the first performance we had done in front of a live audience since October 2020, and it gave us the time and space to rehearse and perform some wonderful music to a high level.” - Richard Boothby
GRANT ROUND TWO IS UNDERWAY!
We were thrilled to reach our Round 2 launch target of £100,000 and to open Grant Round 2 on 13th July. Applications have been flowing in for projects from October 2021 to March 2022.
Thanks to the generosity of new and first round donors, we have now exceeded this target and are dedicating 100% of all additional funds raised by 2nd September to these grants so that we can help more ensembles and musicians, and increase our impact.
THE CONTINUO FOUNDATION AWARD FOR STUDENTS OF HISTORICAL PERFORMANCE
Music at the Tower received strong interest from final year conservatoire students for this Award, and has selected the ten talented young musicians who will play alongside leading professionals in the Bach for Good festival. Winners will be announced next week. Continuo’s sponsorship of this Award for emerging artists has been made possible thanks to the generosity of The Vernon Ellis Foundation. If you are free on the 21st August, please do join us at the festival!
FIRST ROUND GRANTS - JULY HIGHLIGHTS
Fontanella – Delightful Companion Concert Tour at Kings Lynn Festival
Fontanella recorder quartet continued their acclaimed tour featuring a new programme of 17th century English music. Watch a video clip from their rehearsal here.
Illyria Consort – recording of Walther's Scherzi da violin solo
The Illyria Consort made the first ever complete recording of Walther’s Scherzi da violino solo, a set of 12 violin sonatas first published in 1676, for release on Delphian Records.
La Nuova Musica - Mozart’s First and Last
LNM's concert, played to an enthusiastic audience at St John’s Smith Square, featured Rachel Podger as soloist. The concert was filmed and made into a two-part documentary with commentary and interviews. Available to watch from tomorrow here.
AVAILABLE TO WATCH ONLINE:
Consone Quartet – ‘Barnstorming!’
The first in their Barnstorming series, the Consone Quartet and cellist Alex Rolton performed works by Beethoven and Onslow in a beautiful barn in Surrey for this filmed concert which began streaming in July. Available to watch here.
Boxwood & Brass - New Sounds for Old Winds III
Boxwood & Brass performed the third in their live and filmed concert series inspired by the wind players in Vienna c. 1790, featuring wind octets by Mozart, Wendt and Hummel. The whole series is available to watch here.
Joglaresa – ‘Boogie Knights’
Joglaresa’s filmed concert including songs from the 800 year old Cantigas de Santa Maria, dance songs from the Llibre Vermell de Montserrat and Galician troubadour Aires Nunes began streaming in July. Available to watch here.