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May 8, 2019

Thank you for your part in making The Godfather

The final day of recording sessions at Cedars Hall
The final day of recording sessions at Cedars Hall

Dear Supporter,

It's exciting to be able to write to you all with news that La Serenissima has - very nearly - reached its funding target for new album The Godfather

Thank you for supporting this venture. Put quite simply, La Serenissima could not deliver musical projects on this extraordinary scale without philanthropy. Thank you for engaging with our fundraising, for supporting our aspirations to share life-affirming baroque music with a global audience and for being our crowd. Everyone at La Serenissima - from Adrian Chandler, the trustees, our team and artists - is grateful for your generosity for helping to keep our music alive.

We have £122 still to raise via GlobalGiving (at the time of typing) and there is one last opportunity to sponsor a track (£1,000) on this album too: do write to us directly if you'd like to be named next to a work of music in the CD sleeve. 

If you happen to be in London this Friday (10 May), La Serenissima will be performing The Godfather programme live as the opening night of the London Festival of Baroque Music - see link to the booking page below.

We also have a sneaky fly-on-the-wall view of our recording sessions below too - this clip shows the finale to the album by Fasch.

We look forward to writing to you again once we have a release date for The Godfather

Thank you for supporting La Serenissima!

Adrian, Camilla & Emma

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Feb 11, 2019

We're recording The Godfather very soon!

Dear Supporter,

Thank you for supporting our new project The Godfather. Thanks to your generosity we are poised to start recording sessions shortly. It's an exciting time.

The instrumentalists will be starting rehearsals this weekend in London, ahead of recording sessions to be held in Cedars Hall, Wells. We're looking forward to returning to this state-of-the-art venue, the scene of last year's chart-topping album Vivaldi x2  - a project which many of you kindly helped us to deliver. The hall is particularly fabulous for our historical instruments as we are able to work in constant temperatures - a revelation after years of recording in churches! This means our instruments are more stable and we're less likely to break a string too, which all helps when we're working against the clock to make a record.

Here's a reminder of exactly why The Godfather is so important to us and why we hope you will be inspired by the album. 

We will be performing amazing music by JS Bach, Brescianello, Fasch, Pisendel, Telemann & Vivaldi.

Through new recording The Godfather the group embarks on a vital journey of musical discovery, presenting orchestral works by mainstream German composers Bach and Telemann for the first time. The project will be characterised by a series of compelling works that make the case for the close relationship between certain composers in Italy and Germany. Pisendel’s concerto movement in A minor highlights recent research by Adrian Chandler which sheds new light on the influence that Vivaldi had on Bach and his compositional school; a fiendish concerto movement by JS Bach, with a tour de force of bariolage is a barely-known work that is crying out for the virtuosic performance that La Serenissima will give it. It will be the first time that a British group records the music of Brescianello – a crime in itself. Our passion for this music left listeners at a recent project preview ‘elated’. Chunky orchestral forces, an impressive line-up of trumpets, timpani, wind and strings, will drive home the message that La Serenissima is alive and kicking during our 25thAnniversary Season.

It's wonderful that we have raised over 2/3 of the funds needed to release the album. Thank you for enabling us to get this far. We would be enormously grateful if everyone who has already donated to this campaign helped us by asking one friend to support this project - whether by giving £5 or £50. We are so close to our target and with your help, we will easily manage it.

Thank you for supporting our work. We look forward to telling you more about it once the sessions are in the can!

Adrian, Camilla & Emma

La Serenissima

Dec 6, 2018

Vivaldi x2: a final thank you

The Godfather project image
The Godfather project image

Dear Supporter,

This is the final report La Serenissima will send you in relation to our project Vivaldi x2 as the campaign is (happily) now fully-funded and this fantastic music has been shared with a global - and very receptive - audience.

We want to thank every person who took part in the campaign. Whether you contributed £5 or £5000, your contribution has enabled a small and vibrant charity to unlock enormous artistic potential and to share it with a worldwide audience.

Vivaldi x2 was launched in July 2018, immediately entering the UK Specialist Classical Chart at No. 1 which was a first for the organisation and signalled a giant leap forward in our ability to reach listeners - old and new. We attribute some of this success to the crowdfunding campaign; through our participation in Global Giving's March Accelerator programme we were able to learn new skills and reach new supporters in a way that has impacted positively on the brand's recognition and audience engagement. The project was featured widely by broadsheet critics, on Classic FM and Radio 3 and has captured the enthusiasm of foreign radio stations and reviewers - including in Denmark and the US.

The project, with its quirky cover image and imaginative title, helped to reinforce the message that La Serenissima is not just an exceptional bunch of musicians; that the group has its own groove and a sense of fun that is unique to the specialist area of music-making that has become known as 'historical performance'. In doing this, Vivaldi x2 enabled us to break new ground and help more people relate to this uplifting genre of music. In the three months following the CD's release, the album was streamed more than half a million times, signalling high engagement from younger listeners. 

In helping to support Vivaldi x2, you have contributed to the overall success of La Serenissima, enabling us to reach new promoters and aspire to greater things for the ensemble as a whole. Recording is a fundamental aspect of our mission, meaning we can share our vision with the greatest number of people. This project has provided meaningful employment for talented professionals, and has also helped to generate future demand and opportunities for these artists and those emerging in the field too. The impact of this successful venture is enabling La Serenissima to move forward with our Emerging Artist Chairs programme (supporting young artists) and to develop future outreach initiatives for Key-Stage 2 children as well as develop a myriad of newly researched programmes.

Please keep following our work by signing up to our newsletter via www.laserenissima.co.uk.

We have launched new crowdfunding project in support of The Godfather: music by Bach, Brescianello, Fasch, Pisendel, Telemann and Vivaldi. Please support us if you can: if every donor to Vivaldi x2 gave £25 to The Godfather campaign we would be fully funded! Do visit our project page for more information. 

Thank you for your support. We hope you'll keep following our work!

Camilla, Adrian & Emma

La Serenissima

La Serenissima in Germany 2018
La Serenissima in Germany 2018

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