The Orlando Gibbons Project 2016

by billhuntfretwork@mac.com in London, England, United Kingdom

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On 10th October 2016 we successfully raised £7,505 with 135 supporters in 21 days

First complete recording of the consort verse anthems of Orlando Gibbons - some of the greatest English sacred music ever written.

by billhuntfretwork@mac.com in London, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

We are immensely grateful to all who have enabled us to reach our target of £5,000. Inevitably, in a project as large as this, involving over 24 musicians and a cost originally estimated at well over £30,000, more costs creep in along the way. Some were never included in the first place, in  order to keep the overall figure down, some were simply not foreseen. Furthermore, there will be more expenditure involved in getting the CD lanched and publicised, which we don't yet know. In the last resort, I am underwriting it all myself, because I am passionate about Gibbons' music (this is Bill Hunt speaking here - this project was my idea!) If I may be allowed to ask for your help, by setting this stretch target, I'd be personally very grateful to you! Any unused surplus will be going towards the next project in what I hope will be a three-part series: the early verse anthem repertoire, including music by Morley, Byrd and Bull. There is plenty more magnificent music to look forward to.


The Orlando Gibbons Project 2016

The first complete recording of the consort verse anthems of

Orlando Gibbons. 

NB: This is a charitable cause, since all donations are being paid to HMSC Ltd (His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts), a registered UK charity (no.1114376) and one of the participating ensembles in this project. If you are a UK taxpayer, please tell us if your donation can be Gift Aided. Thank you!

In November 2016, the internationally renowned viol consort Fretwork, this year celebrating its 30th anniversary


has organised an exciting project to restore the consort verse anthems of Orlando Gibbons to their rightful place, amongst the greatest creations of English sacred music. They will be recorded for the first time in their entirety, sung not by a choir but  by a select consort of the UK's leading specialist singers under the banner of Magdalena Consort (director Peter Harvey)

and accompanied both by Fretwork and by our collaborating ensemble His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts (registered UK charity no. 1114376). 

Included are several pieces long recognised as masterpieces, such as This is the record of John and Behold, thou hast made my days. Their performance today still conjures up for many the familiar sonority of Anglican choir and organ and a performance style that is arguably still rooted in 19th century choral tradition. One thing we can be sure about is that they must have sounded very different to the audience of Gibbons’ time. 

The very form of the verse anthem, a highly effective fusion of rhetorical declamation and communal response, was conceived in the heat of the English Reformation and we want to recapture something of its original urgency. With the richly contrasting colours of both viols and cornetts and sackbutts, and with the incisive clarity of several of the UK’s leading specialist singers, we aim to reveal the extraordinary poetic power of Gibbons’ great music, as it might have been heard in the Chapel Royal and the private domestic chapels of early 17th century England.

THIS IS A VERY EXPENSIVE PROJECT: YOUR HELP IS REALLY IMPORTANT!

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

A thank you tweet from the Fretwork team

£10 or more

£10 Reward

The warm glow of knowing that you are making possible an important CD of neglected repertoire - and a thank you tweet too!

£30 or more

36 of 50 claimed

£30 Reward

A thank you postcard signed by at least 3 artists, plus a thank you Tweet

£40 or more

22 of 20 claimed

£40 Reward

A score of any one of the consort anthems that we are recording, signed by five of the artists taking part. The score is produced by Fretwork Editions and taken from our publcation of the complete anthems, edited by David Pinto, with a dedication to you.

£50 or more

6 of 6 claimed

£50 Reward

Collector's item! The famous William Lawes T shirt (medium) from Fretwork's 1995 Lawes festival, signed by 3 Fretwork members. If you want a preview photo, email billhuntfretwork@mac.com.

£50 or more

7 of 6 claimed

£50 Reward

Collector's item! The not-quite-so-famous Fretwork 10th anniversary T-shirt (extra large), signed by 3 Fretwork members. We couldn't afford to make one for our 30th anniversary, so just cross out the '10' and put in your own '30'. Brilliant!(?) If you want a preview photo, email billhuntfretwork@mac.com.

£50 or more

16 of 15 claimed

£50 Reward

Collector's item! The famous William Lawes T shirt (large) from Fretwork's 1995 Lawes festival, signed by 3 Fretwork members. If you want a preview photo, email billhuntfretwork@mac.com.

£75 or more

2 of 10 claimed

£75 Reward

A chat about Gibbons and verse anthems over a coffee! Bill Hunt will come and meet you anywhere in London, at a time to be arranged with you, and talk to you about the project, about why he is passionate about verse anthems and Gibbons consort anthems in particular, show you some of the music (and give you a few scores, if you like). For our US friends, since London is perhaps a bit inconvenient for you, he will be at Conclave next year, and will be delighted to make time for you.

£100 or more

9 of 20 claimed

£100 Reward

Tea with the artists and the opportunity to observe a rehearsal this November

£125 or more

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£125 Reward

A booklet, to be specially produced by Fretwork Publishing, of essays on the Gibbons consort anthems and the wider subject of verse anthems and their performance, by David Pinto, Bill Hunt and others, signed by some of the authors and some of the performers and dedicated to you.

£150 or more

0 of 20 claimed

£150 Reward

attend the CD launch (date to be confirmed)

£200 or more

5 of 50 claimed

£200 Reward

Complimentary CD signed by at least 5 of the artists plus a listing on a special donor's page in the CD booklet; and, since it is not yet known which company will be releasing the CD nor the exact date, a free download of one of the tracks in the meantime.

£250 or more

1 of 5 claimed

£250 Reward

Sponsor the cost of setting up and restringing a whole consort of 5 viols at the high 'Quire' pitch of A465, at which we are performing these anthems . (Why? see the 1st post 'Radical reassessments...No.1' on our FB page here https://www.facebook.com/OrlandoGibbonsProject)

£350 or more

0 of 10 claimed

£350 Reward

A personalised video of one of the anthems with a thank you message from two of the artists. Also a complimentary CD signed by at least 5 of the artists plus a listing on a special donor's page in the CD booklet; and, since it is not yet known which company will be releasing the CD nor the exact date, a free download of one of the tracks in the meantime. (That's a lot of stuff!)

£500 or more

4 of 20 claimed

£500 Reward

A presentation score of all the anthems to be recorded, produced by Fretwork Editions, with a listing of the donor's name on a special subscribers' page. Also a complimentary CD signed by at least 5 of the artists plus a listing on a special donor's page in the CD booklet; and, since it is not yet known which company will be releasing the CD nor the exact date, a free download of one of the tracks in the meantime.

£1,000 or more

0 of 10 claimed

£1,000 Reward

A high resolution facsimile of a page from Christ Church Mus21 (the principal source for the sacred anthems being recorded) of one of the anthems, signed by the artists who perform it on the recording. Also a complimentary CD signed by at least 5 of the artists plus a listing on a special donor's page in the CD booklet; and, since it is not yet known which company will be releasing the CD nor the exact date, a free download of one of the tracks in the meantime.

£1,500 or more

0 of 5 claimed

£1,500 Reward

A Gibbons 'bonus track' recorded specially for you by Fretwork! Also a complimentary CD signed by at least 5 of the artists plus a listing on a special donor's page in the CD booklet; and, since it is not yet known which company will be releasing the CD nor the exact date, a free download of one of the tracks in the meantime.

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