Culture Hive Small Scale Development Programme

La Serenissima took part in the Culture Hive Small Scale Development Programme organised by the Arts Marketing Association, supported by Arts Council England. The course focused on building a realistic marketing plan to develop audience engagement. The 3 day programme brought together a large number of touring organisations (such as La Serenissima) as well as regional promoters and arts centres who all face similar challenges from the sector. It was a fantastic event and we will be developing plans to spread our vision more widely over the coming months with the support of online coaching from the AMA. Watch this space!

His Excellency The Italian Ambassador launches 25th Anniversary fundraising campaign

Last night 12 musicians of La Serenissima, including contralto Hilary Summers, performed works by Albinoni, Brescianello, Caldara and Vivaldi to guests of His Excellency The Italian Ambassador. It was the first event of its kind in La Serenissima’s history and has heralded the beginning of an exciting period of change for the organisation. Guests were invited to attend the private concert at the Residence’s Ballroom and were treated to a sumptuous dinner. His Excellency entreated those attending to support the group’s activities which promote Italian culture in the UK and beyond, particularly at this time of great difficulty between the UK and Europe. La Serenissima was represented by the General Manager, Camilla Scarlett, in a short speech outlining the 25th Anniversary plans; Martin Randall also spoke passionately on our behalf about the importance of supporting the work of the charity. A very special evening was enjoyed by all!

You can visit the Italian Embassy’s news page (here) to read their press release about the occasion and view a short clip of the scene.

La Serenissima rehearsing at the Ballroom of The Italian Ambassador’s Residence

Artistic Director accepts 2017 Gramophone Award at 40th Anniversary ceremony

La Serenissima celebrated its prestigious win at the 40th Anniversary Gramophone Awards ceremony in London on 13th September with representatives from Avie Records and associated distributors. In a ceremony which showcased two wins from our Italian colleagues Il Giardino Armonico and a notable award to the iconic Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Adrian Chandler was proud to accept the award for Baroque Instrumental on behalf of La Serenissima and all the musicians performing on The Italian Job. Gramophone Editor James Jolly and violinist Jennifer Pike presided over a ceremony in which atleast one British Maestro had to force his way through the chaos of tightly-packed diners; Adrian was presented with his award back-to-front which caused some problems for the awaiting photographer! The edited version of the presentation can be viewed here

Picture by Benjamin Ealovaga: (left to right) Melanne Mueller (Avie), Adrian Chandler (Artistic Director), Camilla Scarlett (General Manager), Barry McCann (Avie) celebrating La Serenissima’s 2017 Gramophone Award.

The Italian Job wins Baroque Instrumental Gramophone Award 2017

We are thrilled to share the news that The Italian Job was announced as winner in the Baroque Instrumental category of the 2017 Gramophone Awards. The project was on a hugely ambitious scale and La Serenissima are immensely grateful to everyone who has supported the group during the 2016/17 season, and especially those who specifically donated to The Italian Job appeal. Artistic Director Adrian Chandler will be accepting the award on 13 September at the 40th anniversary ceremony in London.

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