The announcement coincides with the foundation’s three-year anniversary of its creation and supporting musicians in the early music sector


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Continuo Foundation, a UK charity that supports and promotes the early music sector, marks three years since its creation with the announcement of the recipients of its latest round of grants.

Since September 2020, Continuo has raised funds to conduct six rounds of grants, amounting to a total of £650,000. In the latest round, £100,000 has been awarded to 25 period-instrument ensembles for upcoming projects that include concerts, tours and recordings of little-known repertoire. Eight of the grantees applied in a category for recently formed groups.

The 25 recipients of Continuo Foundation’s sixth round of grants are: Arculo Consort of Viols, Baroque in the North, Brook Street Band, Cambridge Handel Opera Company, Chelys Consort of Viols, Consone Quartet, Dunedin Consort, Early Opera Company, Endelienta Baroque, Ensemble Augelletti, Ensemble Molière, Figure, Illyria Consort, La Serenissima, Le Foyer des Artistes, Linarol Consort of Viols, Liturina, Manchester Baroque, Monteverdi String Band, Obligato, Rautio Piano Trio, Sakuntala Trio, Solomon’s Knot, Sounds Historical, Spinacino Consort. 

’We received 58 grant applications, with many more high-quality creative projects than we were able to support with the £100,000 available from our generous donors,’ said Tina Vadaneaux, founder of Continuo Foundation. ’The selected projects will enable musicians to delight audiences across the country, sharing their musical passions and scholarship.’

Continuo’s recently launched online hub for early music, Continuo Connect, aims to raise the profile of the sector and provides comprehensive concert listings. With over 500 live events featured in the last six months, Connect is furthering Continuo’s mission to help musicians build new and more diverse audiences in communities across the country, with up-and-coming artists achieving greater recognition from the visibility provided on the platform.

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