Update: Florilegium reaches 70% of our crowdfunding campaign target - 1 week to go!
We are delighted to report that whilst our Crowdfunding Campaign has so far raised 42% of our target, we have additionally received very generous gifts from supporters and loyal members of our Friends of Florilegium since the direct mail appeal we ran before Christmas. We are now at 70% of our target, and we would like to thank you all for being such wonderful supporters of this project.
We recorded over twelve hours of music in the four days we were in Amsterdam last week, and now we start the process of editing the sessions with the owner of our record company, Channel Classics Records. The double CD will be released in the autumn.
We are working hard in this final week to reach out to potential new supporters and so are asking all those who have helped us so far to communicate this project to your friends and colleagues who might not be aware of our venture in the hope that this final push will enable us to successful achieve our goal!
Here are a few photos from our recording.
Update: Open recording rehearsal in London
Thank you so much to all those who have donated to our recording project so far! We are immensely grateful for your support and hope that many others will feel inspired by such a great start!
To give you a taster of what our recording will sound like, we are opening part of our rehearsal in London to anyone interested in donating.
The rehearsal will take place on:
1st March 17.00-19.00
St Michael's Battersea, Cobham Close, London SW11 6SP
Our Director, Ashley Solomon, will also be available at the end of the session for any questions about the recording!
We very much look forward to seeing you there and please keep spreading the word!
Florilegium are about to embark on an ambitious project to record Georg Phillip Telemann’s vast chamber music collection of works entitled Essercizii Musici. Compiled in 1739 this group of instrumental compositions explore the riches of the 18th century chamber music tradition, by a composer who travelled across Europe assimilating different musical styles. All these different national characteristics combine in this wonderful collection of trios and solos by this German born composer who wrote more music than Bach and Handel put together. You will hear elegant French dance music, traditional church style German sonatas, virtuosic Italian style concertos and finally the barbaric Polish peasant rhythms that made such a huge impact on Telemann when he visited Sorau in the early 1700s.
Florilegium to date have recorded seven cds of music by Telemann and all have won awards, including Gramophone Award nomination, Editor's Choice from Gramophone, BBC Music Magazine Disc of the Month, CD of the Week Sunday Times, Classical Internet Award, Edison Award (Holland) Choc de la Musique (France), Diapason d’Or (France), Luister 10 Award (Holland), Classic CD Choice CD of the Month, Classic FM Featured Album of the week. We hope this new release will also be received with plaudits from the critics.
The funds we raise through this Crowd Funding Campaign will help to cover the costs of this recording. These include our travel to Holland to record in Amsterdam, the hire of the wonderful Waalsekerk in Amsterdam for the recording, provision of keyboards, musician fees, editing costs, booklet production and promotion.
We are incredibly grateful for any support, no matter the size, and have a number of exciting rewards to thank you for supporting this project which you can see listed on the right hand side of this page.
“Remember their name. They are great poets, magicians who will hypnotise your mind in the magic of their music, touching the very heart of your soul.” - Diapason, France
“Florilegium’s performances are full of technical expertise, precise ensemble and good style. Their approach is more robust than that of many others in this repertoire, showing much alertness and energy.” - Gramophone
Regular performances in some of the world’s most prestigious venues have confirmed Florilegium’s status as one of Britain’s most outstanding period instrument ensembles. Since their formation in 1991 they have established a reputation for stylish and exciting interpretations, from intimate chamber works to large-scale orchestral and choral repertoire. They have toured all over the world in their 25 years of concert performances and some outstanding venues in recent years have included the Sydney Opera House, Esplanade (Singapore), Teatro Colon (Buenos Aires), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Konzerthaus (Vienna), Beethoven-Haus (Bonn), Handel-Haus (Halle) and Frick Collection (New York). Closer to home they perform each year at the South Bank (Royal Festival Hall) and give at least 3 performances each season at London’s Wigmore Hall. To date their concerts at this remarkable chamber music venue number more than 75, possibly more than any other UK based ensemble. Education has always been an important element of Florilegium’s work and since 2008 they have been Ensemble in Association at the Royal College of Music, where they give regular masterclasses for string, wind and keyboard players coaching sessions on 18th century baroque repertoire.
We have a number of exciting rewards to thank you for supporting our project, which you can see listed on the right hand side of this page. Among these there is the membership to our Friends of Florilegium which includes the following categories and a wide range of benefits and exclusive insights into the work of our ensemble:
Friends - £30 Pledge
– A free copy of Florilegium’s private compilation CD for every new Friend
– Newsletter with all the latest news about the ensemble (twice a year)
– Priority booking for concerts in the UK where possible
Patrons - £100 pledge
All the above plus:
– one copy of Florilegium’s new CD releases of the current year
– invitation to the Annual Friends’ reception at Wigmore Hall
– invitation to up to 2 selected open rehearsals
– acknowledgement of your donation on our website and in print for concerts promoted by Florilegium
Director’s Circle - £250 pledge
All the above plus:
– a free copy of the Wigmore Hall concert programme signed by the performers
– one complimentary CD of your choice
– invitation to up to 5 selected open rehearsals and selected recording sessions
Thank you for taking the time to read our page. Please consider making a pledge, and also spreading the word via Twitter using @FlorilegiumUK and Facebook on our Florilegium UK page. If you have any questions about the project and would like to get in touch, please email firstname.lastname@example.org