The five-piece UK group becomes only the second ensemble to benefit from the scheme in its history 

Ensemble Augelleti

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The five members of Ensemble Augelletti

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The five-piece UK Baroque group Ensemble Augelletti has been announced as the second ever New Generation Baroque Ensemble by BBC Radio 3, the Royal College of Music and the National Centre for Early Music. They can now build on their early success through a development programme of residencies at the RCM and NCEM and a regular presence on BBC Radio 3.

Founded in 2019, Ensemble Augelletti comprises violinist Ellen Bundy, cellist Carina Drury, lutenist Toby Carr, pianist Benedict Williams and Olwen Foulkes on recorders. The group specialises in creating programmes that connect Baroque chamber music to the everyday stories of people living in the 18th century. Ensemble Augelletti has been a finalist of the 2022 York International Young Artists Competition, and winner of the 2019 FBAS young artist competition in Italy. Its debut CD of trio sonatas entitled The Library of a Prussian Princess was released in February 2022 on Barn Cottage Records.

Launched in 2021 with five-piece Ensemble Molière as the first ever recipient, the New Generation Baroque Ensemble scheme aims to showcase and nurture exceptional UK-based groups working in the Baroque music sphere. It is designed to help them reach the next level of artistry over a two-year period, using the range of expertise, performance and recording opportunities available through each of the partner organisations. A new group will join the programme in 2025.

In a statement, the members of Ensemble Augelletti said they were ‘very excited to have this wonderful opportunity to work in collaboration with RCM, NCEM and BBC Radio 3. The live concerts, broadcasts, and other experiences offered by the scheme will be invaluable in helping Ensemble Augelletti form the next chapter of our journey.’


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