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Fenella Humphreys records Caprices

Fenella needs your help to record incredible new & old works for solo violin

Fenella Humphreys records Caprices

Fenella needs your help to record incredible new & old works for solo violin

£6,224
pledged of £5,600pledged of £5,600 goal
162
backers
68hours to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Fri, November 22 2019 10:06 AM UTC +00:00.

About

Thank you all!! We've reached the goal which means I'll be recording in the new year! But please do still consider pledging - any excess will all go towards the album in other ways including artwork, PR etc., so every penny makes a difference!

I'm excited to be able to share this new project with you, commissioning and recording the music of four incredible young British composers. Freya Waley-Cohen, Seonaid Aitken, Laurence Osborn and Oliver Leith are each writing me a Caprice for solo violin, inspired by things as diverse as caffeine, love ballads, goats and Scottish reels. When you commission, you want the composers and their music to reach the biggest audience possible, so alongside performances over the coming seasons, I plan to record these Caprices in the new year. They will be presented alongside Caprices and Etudes by Paganini, Piazzolla, Mark O'Connor, Roxanna Panufnik, Tom Coult, Rebecca Saunders and many more. Some of these works are already well known and loved, others will be premiere recordings.

Caprices became really popular in the 19th Century, with Paganini demonstrating his incredible virtuosity through his set of 24 Caprices. He stretched the instrument's capabilities in ways never before seen, and unsurprisingly stories abounded of his having made a pact with the devil, as ladies fainted in droves during his performances. People don't faint as often in concerts now, but performing these works is still a brilliant challenge. 

Paganini's 24th Caprice is one of the most quoted tunes of all time, making its way from romantic piano music, through film scores, to death metal. In addition to the 4 new Caprices, a bunch of my composer friends have agreed each to write me a variation on the theme of Paganini's 24th Caprice. Composers of this new set of variations include Sally Beamish, James Joslin, Robin Haigh and Alexandra Harwood. I've also been offering composers the opportunity on Twitter to try out their own variations on me - check out #PagVariations to see their results! Some of these are properly fantastic, so I plan to record a selection of them as part of the album too.

Although I've already found funding to cover most of the commission fees, I need your help to cover the recording costs and bring this exhilarating music to a wider audience. I have my producer Matthew Bennett and sound engineer Dave Rowell ready to go - they are the genius team behind my Bach, So Many Stars, and Max Richter Recomposed albums. If I make my Kickstarter target, the money you pledge will cover the costs of completing the commission fees, and fully recording the album. 

Risks and challenges

There are so many challenges in performing and recording virtuosic music like this - pretty much every note feels like tight-rope walking! But it's beyond exciting to face fears from my childhood head-on, and perform these works alongside incredible new music that's been written for me. I have my recording team ready to go, and a provisional agreement in place with a fantastic label I have already recorded for. The biggest risk is just finding the funding to make the recording a reality, so thank you for your help!

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    Caprices Shopping Bag

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    You will receive your signed copy of the new CD the minute it's available, as well as a copy of one of Fenella's Bach to the Future albums. You will also receive a digital download of a live-recorded Caprice that isn't available commercially, and your name will be listed as a supporter on Fenella's website and social media (optional).

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    Variation Dedication on the new album

    Get your very own dedication on the album! One of the variations on Paganini's 24th Caprice will be dedicated to you or a friend. You will receive a signed copy of the CD as soon as it's available. You will also receive a digital download of a live-recorded Caprice that isn't available commercially, and your name will be listed as a supporter on Fenella's website and social media (optional).

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    One-to-one violin lesson

    Meet up with Fenella for a one-hour violin lesson. In-person lessons will take place in London, or via skype to anywhere in the world. You will receive a signed copy of the CD as soon as it's available. You will also receive a download of a Caprice that isn't commercially available, & your name will be listed on Fenella's website (optional)

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    Private concert and dinner in Somerset

    Fenella will cook you dinner (she can actually cook...) and perform a private concert of unaccompanied violin music for you & 3 friends at a beautiful thatched house in Somerset, UK. You will also have a variation dedicated to you on the new CD, receive a digital download of a live-recorded Caprice that isn't available commercially, a signed copy of the new album, a cotton Caprices shopping bag, and your name will be listed as a supporter on Fenella's website and social media (optional).

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