BBC Radio 3, the National Centre for Early Music and the Royal College of Music announce Ensemble Augelletti as the New Generation Baroque Ensemble from October 2023 for two years.

Launched in 2021 with five-piece Ensemble Molière as the first ever recipient, the New Generation Baroque Ensemble scheme aims to showcase and nurture exceptional UK-based groups working in the Baroque music sphere, as they take the first steps in their careers. It supports them to reach the next level of professionalism and artistry over a two-year period, using the range of expertise, performance and recording opportunities available through each of the partner organisations. A new group will join the programme in 2025, thus helping to encourage UK Baroque ensembles of the future, supporting artists at a critical stage in their careers.


Founded in 2019, five-piece Ensemble Augelletti (Ellen Bundy - violin, Toby Carr – lutes, Carina Drury – cello, Olwen Foulkes – recorders, and Benedict Williams – keyboards) has performed at several UK Arts Festivals, such as London, Brighton, and York Early Music Festivals. They were finalists of the York International Young Artists Competition in 2022 and winners of the Festival Barocco Alessandro Stradella Young Artist Competition in Italy in 2019. Their debut CD of trio sonatas entitled The library of a Prussian Princess was released on Barn Cottage Records in February 2022.

The group was chosen to become the second ever New Generation Baroque Ensemble through a non-competitive process. They can now build on their early success through a development programme of residencies at the RCM and NCEM and a regular presence on BBC Radio 3.


If you are interested in the scheme read on…  It is aimed primarily at instrumental groups, consisting of between 3 - 6 performers, and performing repertory between 1600-1800 using historically informed playing techniques, instruments, and stylistic conventions. They should be based in the UK for the duration of the programme, and should be available for studio recordings, coaching sessions, open rehearsals and performances in London, York, and Beverley (East Yorkshire) as well as being interested in developing management/professional career skills.

The NCEM acts as the central administration and point of contact for the duration of the project. Ensembles are expected to enter into a formal contract with the partners. Please note that selection is made on the basis of talent spotting, appraisal, and recommendation. This is not a competition and there is no application process.


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