Debut CD Recording: "Full of the Highland Humours"

by Ensemble Hesperi in London, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 3rd May 2021 we successfully raised £4,020 with 71 supporters in 28 days

We're crowdfunding for our first commercial CD recording with EM Records, "Full of the Highland Humours", showcasing Scottish Baroque Music!

by Ensemble Hesperi in London, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

If we raise more than our £3,000 target, we will be able to use less of our resources towards CD production, and instead be able to divert this money to the travel costs of competing in European Early Music competitions later this year (e.g. Oude Muziek Utrecht). We have also purchased new audio equipment recently for online concerts and live-streaming (totalling £450), so your donation would also be able to cover this expenditure - something we really need for the future! Thank-you so much!

We're Ensemble Hesperi, a dynamic and innovative London-based Early Music ensemble, dedicated to showcasing the infectious charm and dazzling virtuosity of eighteenth century Scottish music through imaginative programming and collaboration with other art forms. Since 2019, we have been featured by Classical Music Magazine, recorded in studio for Classic FM, selected as Britten Pears Young Artists for 2020, and in November 2020, we won first prize at the London International Festival of Early Music Young Ensemble Competition.

We’re delighted to be recording for EM Records, whose mission is to celebrate and preserve overlooked works by British composers throughout the centuries. Our CD will showcase music from Scottish composers of the eighteenth century, such as James Oswald and John Reid, as well as those who took their inspiration from traditional Scottish music, like the eccentric composer and violinist Francesco Geminiani. A great deal of this music is unrecorded or rarely recorded, but it is full of unique charm and energy, and we believe that it deserves to be heard by audiences around the world. 

This is our first commercial CD recording, and we need your help to bring it to life! We have already raised £5,000 of the £8,000 in our recording budget, so we now just need £3,000 to contribute towards our wonderful venue hire and sound engineer. We are recording at the end of May 2021, so please give whatever you can; we are so grateful for your support!

Mary-Jannet, Magda, Florence and Thomas :)


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£20 or more

10 of 10 claimed

£20 Reward

In addition to the previous rewards: a personalised video of a piece of music from either our Bite-Size Baroque series, or our Pheasant's Eye programme!

£5 or more

£5 Reward

A colourful Ensemble Hesperi pen and a copy of our 2019 "Pheasant's Eye" DVD.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

In addition to £5 reward: you will receive a signed CD when it is released!

£50 or more

9 of 10 claimed

£50 Reward

In addition to a signed CD: a private music lesson (recorder, harpsichord/organ, violin, cello, music theory) with a member of the ensemble!

£100 or more

2 of 5 claimed

£100 Reward

In addition to a signed CD: a personalised historical walking tour of eighteenth-century musical London!

£250 or more

1 of 5 claimed

£250 Reward

In addition to a signed CD: a 30 minute pre-recorded private concert by the ensemble, with your choice of repertoire.

£500 or more

0 of 2 claimed

£500 Reward

In addition to a signed CD, a private concert in your home (COVID restrictions permitting), with all four members of the ensemble, and your choice of repertoire. This reward is restricted to a reasonable distance from our base in London!

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