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Enriching life by sharing our passion for Italian baroque music.

La Serenissima exists to bring the life-affirming music of 18th-century Venice, Northern Italy & related composers to a global audience.

How To Support


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Monthly Donation. Practical and transportive: Vaporetto donations will help us get from A to B. All Vaporetto donors will –
  • Be credited on La Serenissima’s website
  • Receive regular updates by email
  • Be invited to our La Serenissima Patrons’ Events



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Annual Donation. Elegant and efficient: Gondola donations will help us cross a turbulent lagoon. All Gondola donors benefit from –
  • Be credited on La Serenissima’s website
  • Receive regular updates by email
  • Be invited to our La Serenissima Patrons’ Events



    Once thought to be the 8th wonder of the world: Rialto donations will bridge the gap! Rialto donors benefit from –
    • Advanced copies of albums supported
    • Credit in CD booklet
    • Insights from the Artistic Director
    • All the benefits from Vaporetto and Gondola



    Our most serene tier of support: Palazzo donations represent transformational support at a critical time. Palazzo donors benefit from the above and receive –
    • Invitations to La Serenissima events at the Italian Embassy and other special occasions.



    • We have been described as ‘one of the most vibrant early music ensembles in Europe today’ Wigmore Hall.
    • We have twice won the Gramophone Award for Baroque Instrumental & have topped the UK Specialist Classical Chart

    • Our music has been chosen for international advertising, TV & film – most recently for Beats holiday campaign (2022).

    • Outreach for primary school children & Emerging Artist Chairs continue to broaden access & opportunity.

    • The group has attracted more than 110,000 monthly Spotify listeners in 2022.

    • Our contribution to Italian culture is recognised by a partnership with the Italian Embassy to the UK.

    Why Support La Serenissima?

    • Our work is unique. We work exclusively from our own performing editions & research.
    • We have nearly 30 years’ track record in creating extraordinary culture. As a lean organisation we direct maximum resources to our mission – the music.

    • Our commitment to musical discovery has unearthed extraordinary works by neglected composers: from Ariosti to Zavateri.

    • Driven by passion: we package our world-class performances to excite listeners beyond the core classical music following. In doing so, we strive to give more people access to our music.

    “The Vivaldi performed by La Serenissima is a revelation, new interpretations that reveal that some of these unknown concertos have the gravitas, innovation and profound seriousness, as any music written in the 20th century.”

    Facebook Follower, 2022

    Why Support Now?

    The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic continues to be felt across the performing arts sector. As a touring ensemble, with neither a regular venue nor recurrent funding, La Serenissima continues to suffer a dramatic loss of earned income to support its mission.

    Since the pandemic, we have had to take unprecedented steps to keep the group operational and connect to audiences. Although many industries have been able to bounce back from the pandemic, the performing arts sector continues to grapple with lower box office figures since 2020. This has dramatically reduced the number of invitations to programme orchestral and large-scale projects and represents the single biggest threat to La Serenissima’s mission and sustainability.

    The role of patronage in the Arts has never been more important. La Serenissima is reliant on the generosity of donors to help raise more than £100,000 to underpin our 2023 artistic programme.

    We can only keep going with your support.

    Thank you for your support


    La Serenissima is extremely grateful to its family of supporters, without whom delivery of its mission would be impossible.


    His Excellency The Ambassador of Italy to the UK


    Antoine Bommelaer*

    Guy Burkill KC

    Michael & Felicia Crystal

    Elizabeth Canning*

    Gillian Charlesworth*

    Ian & Bronwen Fair*

    David & Marilyn Faithfull

    Michael & Rachel Faulkner

    Gilly French & Jeremy Gray

    Mike Giacaman

    Barry GregsonAllcott

    Pamela Harper

    Joanne & John Hindle*

    Elliot Grant & Janet Thompson*

    Diane & Peter Howarth

    Jonathan Julyan*

    Professor Martin Kemp*

    Mary Kane & Tony Loader

    Tony & Criona Mackintosh*

    Hilary & Grant McGowan

    Ione McMahon

    Helen Middleton-Price

    Ben Mazower

    John Osborn CBE*

    Dr Glenys Phillips*

    Ian Pollock*

    Sarah Priday*

    Tom & Hilde Purves

    John & Anne Robertson*

    Bill & Valerie Sellwood

    Gerard & Sally Strahan*

    Lara Veroner Gubitosi

    Ted Wake*

    Mark West*

    Seán & Janet White*

    Alison Wilkinson*

    Marian Williams*

    Diana Woolley*

    Hilary Younger*

    & other donors who wish to remain Anonymous

    *denotes a donor to the Serene Recovery Fund


    La Serenissima is grateful to the following trusts for their support during 2022-23