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Box office revenue and commercial income only cover a fraction of the costs of delivering our concerts, recordings, research and outreach work. We rely on generous individuals, trusts and companies to enable our adventurous programmes to continue. This section shows several of the ways in which our brilliant supporters can and do assist our work. If you would like to support La Serenissima in any way, we would love to hear from you.

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If you love what we do, help us to do more. Our supporters play a vital role in keeping the work of the charity afloat.

Over the years, support from generous individuals has made it possible to produce inspiring concerts, critically-acclaimed recordings, ground-breaking research and outreach initiatives.

Become a Patron (£250 +*)

Donors receive the Friends’ newsletter and are invited to an annual event with members of the ensemble.

‘Sponsor’ a Chair (£1500 +*)

A unique opportunity to follow your chosen chair throughout the Season: ‘sponsors’ are invited to our annual Patrons’ event and recognised in all relevant recording booklets/literature.

To become a supporter please contact our General Manager

Foundations, trusts and public funding

La Serenissima receives welcome financial support from foundations, trusts and public funding.

Artistic grants allow us to continue our original research and work with outstanding artists to share our music through concerts, tours and recordings.

Core funding enables the ensemble to fulfil its potential; it makes possible dedicated work on strategy, development, developing audiences, outreach and other vital strands. It provides support that results in a sustainable organisation which can benefit the widest possible audience.

For more information on supporting our artistic and core costs please contact us.


In the past corporate sponsorships have helped us significantly. Now the Ensemble seeks an imaginative sponsor for high-profile London residency!

Following the success of the residency The Grand Tour at St John’s Smith Square in 2016/17 Season, La Serenissima has been invited to play a significant part of the Wigmore Hall’s early music programming in 2019 – 2021. To discuss this opportunity please contact our General Manager

Support our recording legacy

The ensemble is planning three recording projects to coincide with the group’s 25th Anniversary celebrations: Vivaldi Doubles, The Godfather & Vivaldi’s Women.

The three projects will highlight different qualities of the ensemble’s output. Vivaldi Doubles showcases raucous and mesmerising music for pairs of oboes and horns, as well as works for violin and cello. The Godfather brings together a vibrant multi-composer programme featuring wind and brass instrumental colour, exploring links between composers including JS Bach, Fasch, Pisendel, Telemann and Vivaldi. Finally, the group will present sublime vocal music in Vivaldi’s Women; a programme that will feature a newly-commissioned Italian viola d’amore and chalumeau, as well as La Serenissima’s own exotic violin in tromba marina.

Recording makes it possible to share our work with the greatest number of people; via CDs, downloads, radio broadcasting and streaming channels, our performances can reach in excess of 8 million people in the UK alone.

We rely on the generosity of individuals to make every record. Support the making of these discs and help create our 25th Anniversary legacy.

Click here to visit Charities Trust where you can make a secure payment; or contact General Manager Camilla Scarlett. We encourage tax-payers to complete a Gift Aid declaration as it enables donations to go further at no cost to the giver.

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Our Supporters

La Serenissima is extremely grateful to the following individuals, organisations, foundations and trusts for their valued support.

Ambassador’s Circle:

  • Big Apple Baroque
  • Nathan Burkey

Chair Patrons:

  • Mary Kane, Principal Oboe Chair
  • Tony Loader, Emerging Artist Chair

Our Patrons:

  • Rachel Boxall
  • Keith Chandler & Rosemary Barnard
  • Elizabeth Canning
  • Gillian Charlesworth
  • Michael & Felicia Crystal
  • David & Marilyn Faithfull
  • Piers & Caroline Feetham
  • Elliot & Janet Grant
  • Tony Loader & Mary Kane
  • Tony & Criona Mackintosh
  • Ben Mazower
  • Dr Glenys Phillips
  • Ian Pollock
  • Yvonne Pye
  • Martin Randall
  • Bill & Valerie Sellwood
  • Calum & Jane Thomson
  • Miles & Mary Tuely
  • Michael & Lesley Waterson
  • Sam Webster
  • Alison Wilkinson
  • Diana Woolley
  • And several anonymous donors

Friends & Donors – 2019/20:

  • Anonymous
  • Jennifer Arnott
  • Neil Arnott
  • Ian & Bronwen Fair
  • Gilly French & Jeremy Gray
  • Philip Harold
  • Joanne Hindle
  • Diane & Peter Howarth
  • K Masters
  • Hilary McGowan
  • Helen Middleton-Price
  • Kathleen Roberts
  • Isla & Chris Skinner
  • Marian Williams


We are grateful to Elise Becket Smith for enabling fundraising and development consultancy from Tess McCormick of McCormick & Billings.
We also thank Elliot Grant for establishing La Serenissima’s original supporter network, and Hilary McGowan and Frances Benton & George Carlaw for generous support in kind to the charity.

Foundations, Trusts and Public Funding

La Serenissima acknowledges the generous support of:

Continuo Foundation

The Foyle Foundation

J Paul Getty Jr Charitable Trust

Mr & Mrs J A Pye’s Charitable Settlement

The South Square Trust

The Williams Charitable Trust


La Serenissima is grateful to Arts Council England and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport for a grant from the Culture Recovery Fund (Round 2) which has supported the organisation during April-June 2021.

La Serenissima

Company no. 8370390 | Charity no. 1154940
Registered address: Hillside, Bourton-on-the-Hill, Moreton in Marsh, Gloucestershire GL56 9AH

La Serenissima is a Member of the Association of British Orchestras & a Founder Member of Opera UK.

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