In celebration of Early Music Day, selected ensembles across the UK have received funding for projects and concert tours

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UK period-instrument ensemble La Nuova Musica

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The Continuo Foundation have announced the distribution of £100,000 worth of grants to 27 period instrument ensembles across the UK. The grants range from £2,000 to £6,000, and may be used towards the ensembles’ proposed artistic projects and concert tours, taking place between April and October in 65 different locations. Recipients also gain access to Continuo Connect, a platform for professional UK-based period-instrument ensembles and solo artists to engage with audiences and publicise upcoming performances.

The Continuo Foundation is dedicated to supporting period-instrument ensembles and to bringing live early music to communities across the UK. Since its founding in 2020, it has offered £750,000 in grants to 94 ensembles, and received over 50 applications for this round of funding. 

Selections were made by the foundation’s advisory panel, consisting of Catherine Mackintosh, Lindsay Kemp, Dr Berta Joncus, Joseph McHardy, and David Hill MBE, on the basis of audience engagement, artistic quality, and creating a more sustainable future for the ensemble.

‘We are delighted to have the support of Continuo Foundation to continue our commitment to championing the work of contemporary composers, alongside baroque masters, and to exploring parallels between the two sound worlds,’ said ensemble La Nuova Musica, who received a grant towards their upcoming project Jephthah’s Daughter with composer Luke Styles. ‘The Foundation’s valuable work to support and strengthen the sector makes us extremely proud to be part of the Continuo family and we look forward to working in partnership to bring high quality music-making to audiences across the UK.’

Patrons of the Continuo Foundation include Rachel Podger, Sir Roger Norrington CBE, Dame Emma Kirkby DBE, and Mary Bevan MBE.

The next round of grants opens on 9 July 2024.

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