Tuesday 21 March 2023

27 ensembles, 80 performances & recordings in over 50 locations: the Continuo Foundation celebrates Early Music Day with a new round of grants

Continuo Foundation round five grantees

Today (21 March 2023) is Early Music Day. In addition to the many events organised across Europe, the Continuo Foundation is celebrating by announcing the recipients of its latest grant round and the launch of a new digital platform for early music, Continuo Connect, which is intended to be the most comprehensive listing of period instrument performances in the UK. 

The foundation's latest grant awards will support over 80 performances and recordings in more than 50 locations over the next six months. Of the 27 ensembles whose projects have been awarded a grant, there are 12 groups that have not previously received Continuo grants, and eight recently formed ensembles, double the number anticipated. This reflects the foundation’s stated priorities: extending support as widely as possible and helping recently formed ensembles and their musicians to establish and promote themselves. 

The 27 recipients of Continuo’s fifth grant round are:

Apollo’s Cabinet, Divertissements Chinois, Dunedin Consort, Ensemble Augelletti, Ensemble Hesperi, Fiori Musicali, Flauguissimo, Florilegium, Hex, HGOAntiqua Orchestra, His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts, Irlandiani Players, London Early Opera, Manchester Baroque, Musica Antica Rotherhithe, Musica d’Outrora, Palisander, Parnassus, Passamezzo, Queen Victoria’s Consort, Red Priest Strings, Rose Consort of Viols, Spinacino Consort, Spiritato, The City Musick,, The Telling and The Vauxhall Band.

The foundation's new digital hub, Continuo Connect, is designed to open access to period instrument performances for audiences across the UK and to provide digital resources for musicians. The impact of Continuo’s grants is expected to be amplified by this new platform. Continuo Connect currently features more than 90 upcoming events, listed by the 87 ensembles signed up to the site so far. The event listing, searchable by location, informs users about concerts in both well-known and smaller community venues often overlooked due to a lack of publicity. Continuo will market Connect on behalf of all the ensembles, aiming to attract larger and more diverse audiences,

Full details from the Continuo Foundation website.

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