We love creating pioneering projects and exciting performances but you can’t live on love alone! If you’re inspired to help us, there are several ways you can do this. For a one-off donation, you can support a specific project such as our UK tour - Inspiring Bach.

For a longer-lasting impact for your donation, we’d love to invite you to join our growing group of Friends and Patrons.

Inspiring Bach - UK tour 2022

Inspiring Bach combines a revolutionary approach to Historically Informed Performance with a major new relationship; Collaborating for the first time with vocal ensemble The Marian Consort; ‘Enchantingly smooth ensemble ... spot on' ★★★★★ The Scotsman.

Aiming to reconnect with the pioneering spirit of the Early Music movement and reach our widest audience ever, we’ll perform rarely heard, large-scale cantatas by Pachelbel, Buxtehude and JC Bach. This is music from the very soul of the 17th Century.

However modest, donating to this remarkable project will have a huge impact.

We’ve secured 5 performances of this incredible programme at leading venues around the UK: Stour Music, Lammermuir Festival, Wiltshire Music Centre, Brighton Early Music Festival and York Early Music Christmas Festival

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Our programme:

J Pachelbel – Gott sei uns gnädig

JC Bach – Ach daß ich Wassers genug hätte

J Pachelbel – Christ Lag in Todesbanden

S Knüpfer – Die Turteltaube lässt sich hören

JS Bach – Christ Lag in Todesbanden BWV4

D Buxtehude – Sonata a2

JC Bach – Es erhub sich ein Streit

Following on from our ground-breaking Guts and Glory project, a unique facet of Inspiring Bach will be the integration of ventless natural trumpets, truly authentic period instruments uncompromised by finger holes or valves and ignored by UK ‘period’ ensembles. Despite their veracity, using these instruments turns many assumed and established conventions of performance practice on their head. Ensembles in Europe are rapidly rediscovering how to perform with these trumpets, with astonishing results. UK ensembles are being left behind.

A momentous project for our group and a landmark tour for UK Early Music, we’ve committed to performing these rarely heard works with large numbers of (freelance) musicians, at a time when many are narrowing their programming and scaling back.

This comes, quite literally, at a price. Yet if we don’t champion this wide breadth of repertoire, using appropriate forces to present the music as it deserves to be presented, we risk such works becoming the sole preserve of a few, very well-established groups. Consequently, artistic expression, public access and the employment of many musicians will suffer.

As live performance gradually returns, we want to seize the initiative, grab the attention and imagination of audiences and deliver a real ‘spectacle’ with these large-scale 17th Century works and a team of expert period musicians.

Want to find out more? We began our project with a period of research and development in October 2021. The performance we gave in St Giles’ Cripplegate (Barbican Centre) is available to watch here.

This project would not be possible without these amazing supporters:

Michael Berman and Katharine Verney

Paul Doxey

John Valdimir Price

Karen Russell

Catherine Sellars

Lesley Sewart

Sarah Smalley and Martin Richards

Colin Turner

Maryan Balkwill

Thank you also to our several donors who wish to remain anonymous

We are also extremely grateful for the generous support of Angel Early Music, the Leche Trust, The Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation and the Vox Musica Trust

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