Project information

La Senna Festeggiante – A Festival on the Seine

The English Concert plans to revive an iconic, virtually forgotten masterpiece of celebrated Italian composer Vivaldi.

June 2016 - July 2016

Charity information

The English Concert

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  • Need


    The strong tradition of leading UK ensembles touring operas and/or larger-scale works is under threat. Due to insufficient funding of presenting organisations, mounting such performances is costly and the opportunities for orchestras to perform such pieces are rare.


    The revival of La Senna Festeggiante will tour the UK, presenting a “new” piece to the repertoire and touring this work will expose regional audiences to an iconic work with a world-class orchestra and soloists; audiences who might not otherwise benefit from this kind of cultural exposure.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Present a superb performance of Vivaldi’s La Senna Festeggiante to national audiences.


    » Perform the piece in London first, (Christ Church Spitalfields) followed by regional cities and summer festivals across the UK.

    We will demonstrate success by monitoring the number of audiences attending and positive feedback from TEC, guest artists, promoters, audiences and press.

    Aim 2

    Showcase the UK's leading baroque orchestra The English Concert in a performance boasting concert.


    » Conducted by Artistic Director Harry Bicket and 3 world-class vocal soloists.

    We will demonstrate success by monitoring the number of audiences attending and positive feedback from TEC, guest artists, promoters, audiences and press.

  • Impact


    By firmly establishing that ambitious touring of large-scale repertoire is possible, we will create a viable template for the continued cooperation between TEC and major concert halls and festivals in the UK. The project will reverse the decline in opera touring and provide an inspiring and creative opportunity for audiences in the UK.


    TEC is experienced in dealing successfully with late changes to solo artists, which more commonly arise from ill health. Soloists or key musicians declaring themselves unavailable is a common occurrence but TEC is well placed to source quality replacements quickly and efficiently. Apart from the obvious risk of not raising sufficient funds to cover the projected deficit between tour income and costs, there are no other significant risks.


    Supporters will be invited to performances and will receive regular e-reports as the project unfolds. We will use our website and social media to both increase the number of our supporters and keep them closely involved.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £40,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £22,750 Artists fees Performing artists fees
      £8,050 Expenses Artist travel, hotel and subsistence
      £2,600 Production Production costs
      £2,400 Marketing Marketing costs
      £4,200 Management Management costs
  • Background


    A first performance will be held in Christchurch Spitalfields between 8-11 June 2016, followed by up to 3 additional performances outside London.


    Audiences in the UK who might otherwise not have the opportunity to see a work of this kind. The players of The English Concert, the soloists, and TEC supporters whose inspiration to support us will be replenished.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The English Concert is among the finest baroque orchestras in the world. Established in 1973 by Trevor Pinnock, it has enormous expertise in a wide repertoire and is able to bequeath this wealth of experience to a new generation of musicians and audiences, at the same time refreshing its own springs of creativity. Under the inspired artistic direction of Harry Bicket, TEC has never been in better shape or more willing to embrace the benefits of ambitious projects such as this.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Harry Bicket

    Renowned Director and Conductor, Artistic Director of The English Concert and guest-conductor of the world’s leading opera houses and orchestras.

    3 Wold-Class Soloists

    A cast of 3 world-class soloists (soprano, mezzo-soprano and bass) will be performing this vocally challenging work.