About this project
Update: We are delighted to see our campaign is being successful! This campaign continues until Sunday evening 11 August 2013. Our final target is to reach £4000 which would help us with editing the recording, and designing an elegant and informative packaging for the CD.
Dear friends and music lovers,
By supporting this project, you will help to create a permanent record of a vibrant and accomplished performance of some of Handel’s glorious choral works by talented and young musicians of the European Union Baroque Orchestra and the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge (Director of Music Graham Ross). This summer EUBO and Clare Choir with EUBO’s Music Director, Danish harpsichordist Lars Ulrik Mortensen, perform six concerts in different European countries; the final concert of this touring project takes place on Tuesday 3 September 2013 in St John’s Smith Square, London, where EUBO has recently been appointed an Associate Artist. It is this concert that we would like to record live for CD.
With the help of your generous pledges, the recording process and post-production will be funded, enabling us to release an album entitled “Handel in London – A Royal Celebration” including works by George Frideric Handel (1685-1759):
- 4 Coronation Anthems HWV258-261 (including Zadok the Priest)
- Birthday Ode for Queen Anne HWV74
- Concerto Grosso Op 3 No 2 HWV313
The choral works of this concert programme have very special historical background. The spectacular Coronation Anthems were written in 1727 for the coronation of George II of England and the Anthems have been performed at all British coronations ever since. The aria Eternal Source of Light Divine, one of the most beautiful baroque arias ever written, opens the Birthday Ode for Queen Anne which was composed 300 years ago in 1713.
Please do help us to record this unique concert. By recording the live performance we hope to capture the enthusiasm and talent of two groups of highly-skilled youthful musicians. You will be supporting them at the start of their careers. With this recording project we offer these talented musicians the possibility to see results of their hard-work and dedication and you will receive a most enjoyable CD to listen to.
Help us to make this inspiring recording possible.
Every contribution, however small or large, represents significant progress towards our goal. The contributions will help to cover also the associated costs of
- producing the concert which involves a large number of performers
- recording, editing, designing and producing the CD
Contributions beyond our target will aid in further publicity and marketing of EUBO’s Associate Artist project in London and if the total amount of the pledges exceeds
- £3200 the CD will be upgraded from a normal plastic jewel case to elegant and informative digipack.
- £4000 it creates start-up funding for EUBO's next recording which will give four young promising ex-EUBO violin soloists the opportunity to record concertos.
Why do we need Kickstarter funding?
EUBO is funded by the Culture Programme of the European Union. With the existing support EUBO organises tours which take the Orchestra all over Europe. However, we strive for more: we invited the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, to perform together with the members of EUBO, engaged a stunning countertenor Alex Potter and will use our experience and “know-how” to create an album of the concert. To cover these extra expenses we need additional funding.
Listen to EUBO playing Handel's Concerto Grosso Op 3 No 2
About the compositions
Handel arrived in London in 1712 and quickly made an impression on Britain’s royal family. Queen Anne is said to have granted him an annuity of £200 for life after hearing some of his choral music and Handel expressed his thanks with his Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne. Written in 1713, the Ode is a secular cantata which, in addition to celebrating the Queen’s 49th birthday, also marked the successful negotiations which brought peace to Europe with the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713. Each of the nine sections of the cantata concludes with the words:
The day that gave great Anne birth, who fixed a lasting peace on earth.
Handel’s Ode opens with one of his most beautiful arias, Eternal Source of Light Divine, which is scored for solo countertenor and trumpet. It is not certain that Handel’s Ode was ever actually performed at court, since Queen Anne was in poor health and died on 1 August 1714.
One of the last acts of Queen Anne’s successor, King George I, before his death in 1727 was to make Handel a naturalized British citizen. The Coronation Anthems were commissioned from Handel for the coronation of George's son, King George II, which took place on 11 October the same year. At the ceremony Let thy hand be strengthened was played first, then Zadok the Priest, then The King shall rejoice, and finally My heart is inditing at the coronation itself. The anthems were an instant success, being performed on many occasions during Handel's own lifetime and in concerts and festivals ever since, and have become a traditional part of all subsequent British coronations. Handel's Coronation Anthems show a completely extrovert tone, managing massed forces, ceremonial splendour, and important contrasts rather than delicate colours – written originally for the grand space of Westminster Abbey.
Find us online:
Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, www.clarecollegechoir.com
We estimate to have the CD ready to ship by December 2013
– a perfect Christmas present for friends and relatives.
We look forward to making this project a success!
Your generosity will be immensely appreciated!
With thanks and best wishes
Risks and challenges
In this recording project there are no high risks or big challenges. We hope that all musicians are in good health on the day of the performance. The recording will be made by a professional, experienced sound engineer with whom we have worked successfully before. We will record the afternoon rehearsal so that we have some extra material.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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