Lucrezia Borgia's Daughter

by Musica Secreta in Brighton

We did it
On 19th December 2015 we successfully raised £4,150 with 100 supporters in 56 days

Crowdfunder helped Musica Secreta raise £4,150 to fund a world premiere recording of the astonishing music of 16th-century nun Suor Anonima.

by Musica Secreta in Brighton

 New stretch target

We've increased our target to £5000! Our total expenses will be in the region of £10K, so the more we raise, the more we can put into our application for funding from women's music trusts.  Anything we have left after meeting our recording expenses will go to match funding for an application to ACE to tour this project in 2016-2017.  It's all so exciting. Thanks, everyone!

We did it! You helped Musica Secreta raise £4,000 to fund a world premiere recording of the astonishing music of the materna lingua motets, written by a mysterious 16th-century nun who could be the daughter of Lucrezia Borgia.  Our new CD, Lucrezia Borgia's Daughter, will be released in March 2017 and is now available for pre-order.

Musica Secreta has a long history of award-winning CDs that have opened up the world of female musicians from the 16th and 17th centuries.  These include madrigals and motets from the court of Ferrara and unique recordings by the nun composers Chiara Margarita Cozzolani and Lucrezia Vizzana. We are now proud to make the music of Suor Anonima available to the world.

Why is this music important?

These extraordinary anonymous motets are the earliest published music that we can connect directly to the famous musical convents of renaissance Italy.  The music seems to make clear why those who flocked to hear the nuns sing compared their music to the mysterious and celestial sound of angels, calling them the finest musicians in all Italy. Co-director of Musica Secreta, Prof Laurie Stras, has been living with this music on her computer since 2009, and her transcriptions were finally brought to life in a concert at Brighton Early Music Festival in October 2015. 

What help did we seek?

The project featured ten singers, two players, and fifteen choral singers. The funds  went towards artists' fees, recording and production costs, and the rental of an organ and a recording space.

Our crowdfunding goal of £4,000  only covered part of the costs, but it helped us secure additional funding from the Ambache Charitable Trust.  In November 2016, the project was chosen to receive the American Musicological Society's Noah Greenberg Award, for collaboration between musicologists and performers.


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

£5 or more

£5 Reward

A BIG thank you from everyone in Musica Secreta and Celestial Sirens.

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Updates and news on the project, and thanks on social media too.

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As above, and your choice of two download tracks from our web shop.

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As above, and a signed copy of a CD from our back catalogue.

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As above, and a pre-release download of the new CD.

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As above, with your name listed as a Supporter in the CD booklet.

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As above, plus a pair of tickets to our launch concert.

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As above, but with your name listed as a Patron on the CD cover.

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As above, but with the additional opportunity to attend part of the recording session, and to have tea with the ensemble during one of their well-earned breaks. There will be cake.

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Be a Duke or Duchess for a Day! All of the above rewards, plus a private concert performed by members of Musica Secreta, together with a catered meal for you and three guests at a luxury location in Brighton.

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