Project information

Song for St Cecilia's Day Recording Project

Song for St Cecilia's Day, Dryden's proper original title, has a new performing edition by Donald Burrows, published by Novello. The well known ode has been recorded quite a lot but this will be the first recording of the new fine edition of Handel's cantata of 1739 .

March 2011 - August 2011

Charity information

Ludus Baroque

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  • Need



    Ludus Baroque each year aims to engage the very best young professional vocal soloists, choral singers and musicians. Many of these young professionals require a range of engagements and exposure to repertoire to assist in their development. Ludus Baroque now records a programme per year on the prestigious Delphian label, based in Edinburgh, there by giving all the performers a "calling card" to assist with future engagements.



    Conductor Richard Neville-Towle and past soloists help to identify the ambitious and young talented soloists for the annual programme. Will Dawes, Chorus Leader, scouts out the best young choral singers from the UK and invites them to be part of the concerts. Oliver Webber, a first rank baroque freelance musician, selects the very best musicians to perform.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    1. Select and identify the very best musicians for the project.


    » The soloists, choir and orchestra will be engaged 8 -12 months in advance of the performances.

    Success will be engaging a Ludus Baroque chamber orchestra, choir and soloists, thereby providing these artists with professional experience.

    Aim 2

    2. To perform Handel's Song for Saint Cecilia's Day


    » Ludus Baroque will source investment from individuals and sponsors to help fund the performance.

    Success will be another sell-out concert by an appreciative audience and those who provided investment, receiving pleasure upon hearing the work.

    Aim 3

    To record Song for St Cecilia's Day on Delphian, the Edinburgh based professional recording company.


    » To seek investment from individuals, companies and statutory bodies in support of the recording project.

    Success will be Ludus Baroque's second professional recording and an appropriate follow-up to Alexander's Feart, relearsed in early 2010

  • Impact


    The impact of the performance and recording of Handel's Song for Saint Cecilia's Day Project will be freelance musicians enjoying employment in a top quality project and providing audiences in Edinburgh with a performance and recording to take pride in. Ludus Baroque is just one of a handful of organisations providing this opportunity in Scotland so it is vital that we continue to build upon our project successes year on year.


    The greatest risk to Ludus Baroque would be a lack of investment in the project, and thereby being unable to engage young professionals and freelance musicians.

    The Trustees and Conductor of Ludus Baroque actively seek investment and assist with the fundraising.


    Every donor who invests in a Ludus Baroque project receives a report at the conclusion of each project. We like to share and celebrate success: Delpian, our recording company, hosts a CD Launch and academic talk for each of our projects, which all donors are encouraged to attend.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £71,687

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      Amount Heading Description
      £51,860 Artist's Fees Soloists, chorus and orchestral musician fees
      £6,827 Admin and misc Marketing, admin, venue, music and misc
      £13,000 Recording Engaging Delphian to record project

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Dunard Fund £20,000 Guaranteed
    Tersipchore Trust £5,000 Guaranteed
    Box Office £8,000 Conditional
    CD sales £2,400 Conditional
  • Background


    Ludus Baroque perform in Canongate Kirk, Royal Mile, Edinburgh. This church has a fitting acoustic, interior and history for baroque performance.

    Handel's favorite bassoonist is reputed to be buried in the graveyard, nearby is Adam Smith, a leading intellectual of the Scottish Enlightenment.


    Ludus Baroque ticket prices are kept low in order to encourage a young audience. Our audience includes students from the nearby university and music school and a diverse range of Edinburgh citizens. We are delighted with the warm and loyal support we receive from our audience.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    There are very few organisations in Scotland which achieve the professional musical standards of Ludus Baroque and we've worked diligently to deliver this level of quality. We've built on 14 years of experience, bringing together the very best artists - and your support will help us continue to do this.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Richard Neville-Towle

    Conductor and impressario of Ludus Baroque, ensures the quality and effective management of each project.

    Rev Charles Robertson And Frank Hitchman

    The Chairman and Secretary of Ludus Baroque are instrumental in finding and securing support for each project.

    Peter Thierfeldt

    In charge of Ludus Baroque Development, Peter assists the Trustees in fundraising for each project.

Our first recording released spring 11

Our first recording released spring 11


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