Ensemble Molière - Bringing Pygmalion to life

by Ensemble Molière in 

We did it
On 9th January 2017 we successfully raised £4,051 with 89 supporters in 28 days

Performance of opera “Pygmalion” by Jean-Philippe Rameau

by Ensemble Molière in

 New stretch target

We are delighted, touched and grateful that our appeal has progressed so quickly and that we have already reached our target. A huge thank you to all our friends and supporters for their extraordinary generosity.  

We set a target of £3000 towards our rehearsal and development costs becuase that was the most we thought we could hope to raise.  But the truth is that the rehearsal period will cost us £4000 - so we need to raise a further £1000 to cover that. 

We would like to see if we can now achieve our stretch target of £4,000 in the time we have left. Please continue to help us by spreading the word to friends and on social media, and by pledging whatever you are able to give.
Thank you so much for making the project a reality!  We're really excited about it!

We are Ensemble Molière – a young early music ensemble based in London, focusing on French baroque music. Our namesake is the great French playwright, Molière, and we hope to capture the theatre of French baroque music in our performances and bring often-neglected works to new audiences. The repertoire is sometimes perceived as being ‘stuffy’ or inaccessible, and we want to change that!

A French Baroque My Fair Lady!

We’re planning an exciting project. We want to bring an accessible “mini opera” to life: “Pygmalion” by Jean-Philippe Rameau. It tells the same Greek legend which inspired George Bernard Shaw’s play and spawned the musical My Fair Lady.

Pygmalion falls in love with one of the statues he has made. His girlfriend Céphise tries to convince him to love her, but Pygmalion’s love triumphs and the statue comes to life!

Animation & Accessibility

We want to bring the opera to the widest possible audience. Lasting only 45 minutes short (not like those massive 3 or 4 hour Handelian operas!), we think it’s an exciting way into French baroque opera. We will use imaginative animation, with simplified surtitles for EVERYONE to understand and enjoy!

Young things

We’re a young ensemble and we are going to be working with 3 exceptional young singers & a young director, Karolina Sofulak to create a fresh interpretation of the opera

But we need your help!

We need to raise £3000 by 9th January.

We are applying to the Arts Council for grant to make this project happen but they will only fund the project if we can first of all demonstrate that the public care about our project and are investing in it. And they won’t fund it outright. So we need to raise £3000 before we make our application to the Arts Council in January. And that means we don’t have much time….

Please back our project.  To thank you we’ve dreamt up some special and rather quirky rewards including…

- Christmas Card from Ensemble Molière (Early Bird special! - if you back us by 22nd December)

- a special & original Pygmalion art work (only one in the world) by the fabulous artist Kate Anderson who is the animator on this project (limited numbers)

- a private mini concert in your living room by members of Ensemble Molière

- an invitation to the dress rehearsal

Every donation counts. And please also help us by spreading the word to your friends, families, and colleagues, as well as on Facebook, Twitter and email.



This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

Thank you! A thank-you-tweet from Ensemble Molière.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

Thank you so much! Mention on our website

£30 or more

6 of 20 claimed

£30 Reward

Early birds offer! Christmas card from Ensemble Molière, if you donate by 22nd December.

£70 or more

3 of 10 claimed

£70 Reward

Invitation to the dress rehearsal (either June 2017 in London or Autumn 2017 in Brighton)

£100 or more

3 of 50 claimed

£100 Reward

A6 postcard designed by Kate Anderson (animator) - limited edition, signed by members of Ensemble Molière

£250 or more

0 of 2 claimed

£250 Reward

Original artwork, limited offer! A hand drawn A3 poster by Kate Anderson, only one in the world!

£300 or more

0 of 5 claimed

£300 Reward

Thank you video from Ensemble Molière! A personalised video for you - thank you message and a performance by Ensemble Molière

£500 or more

0 of 4 claimed

£500 Reward

Private lesson on the instrument of your choice - either Flute, Violin, Viola da gamba or harpsichord (you would need to come to London only)

£1,000 or more

0 of 2 claimed

£1,000 Reward

Private mini concert by at least 3 members of Ensemble Molière

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