BBC Radio 3, the National Centre for Early Music (NCEM), and the Royal College of Music (RCM) have jointly announced Ensemble Augelletti as the New Generation Baroque Ensemble, starting from October 2023 for a two-year period. This prestigious scheme, initiated in 2021 with Ensemble Molière as the inaugural recipient, aims to promote and foster exceptional UK-based groups working in the field of Baroque music as they embark on their careers. By providing support and opportunities for growth, the program enables these ensembles to reach new heights of professionalism and artistic excellence.

The New Generation Baroque Ensemble scheme, a collaborative effort between BBC Radio 3, NCEM, and RCM, seeks to showcase the talents of emerging Baroque music groups and equip them with the necessary resources to advance their careers. The program spans two years and offers a wide array of benefits, including access to the partner organisations’ expertise, performance opportunities, and recording facilities. The initiative will also welcome a new ensemble in 2025, contributing to the cultivation of future UK Baroque ensembles and supporting artists at a crucial stage in their artistic journeys.

Ensemble Augelletti, a five-member group consisting of Ellen Bundy on violin, Toby Carr on lutes, Carina Drury on cello, Olwen Foulkes on recorders, and Benedict Williams on keyboards, was established in 2019. The ensemble has already made a mark on the UK’s arts festival scene, with appearances at prominent events such as the London, Brighton, and York Early Music Festivals. In addition, they were finalists in the York International Young Artists Competition in 2022 and emerged as winners of the Festival Barocco Alessandro Stradella Young Artist Competition in Italy in 2019. Their debut CD, titled “The library of a Prussian Princess,” featuring trio sonatas, was released in February 2022 on Barn Cottage Records.

Ensemble Augelletti’s selection as the second-ever New Generation Baroque Ensemble was made through a non-competitive process. The ensemble can now build upon their early successes through a comprehensive development program that includes residencies at the RCM and NCEM, as well as regular appearances on BBC Radio 3.

BBC Radio 3’s Early Music Show, available on BBC Sounds, recently featured Ensemble Augelletti on Sunday, 25 June at 2 pm. This marks the first in a series of updates and performances featuring the group.

Expressing his enthusiasm for the collaboration, Sam Jackson, Controller of BBC Radio 3, said, “It is a privilege for Radio 3 to partner with the Royal College of Music and the National Centre for Early Music in forming this exciting relationship with Ensemble Augelletti. We are delighted to welcome the group to Radio 3’s New Generation family of young talent, following in the footsteps of Ensemble Molière. I look forward to witnessing their development over the next two years and to the performances they will create for us all to enjoy, both live in concert and on BBC Radio 3.”

Dr. Delma Tomlin, MBE, Director of NCEM, expressed her delight at working with Ensemble Augelletti as the second ensemble in this remarkable venture. She conveyed her pleasure in continuing this incredible journey alongside their partners, the Royal College of Music and BBC Radio 3, and expressed confidence in the ensemble’s exceptional talent.

Professor Ashley Solomon, Chair and Head of Historical Performance at the Royal College of Music, extended a warm welcome to Ensemble Augelletti as they joined this esteemed scheme in partnership with NCEM and BBC Radio 3. He highlighted the RCM’s commitment to nurturing and inspiring the next generation of historical performers and expressed excitement about mentoring the players in this exceptional ensemble.

Ensemble Augelletti expressed their delight at becoming the next New Generation Baroque Ensemble and their eagerness to collaborate with RCM, NCEM, and BBC Radio 3. They acknowledged the invaluable experiences offered by the scheme, including live concerts, broadcasts, and other opportunities, which will shape the next chapter of their musical journey. The ensemble expressed gratitude to the NGBE team for their support.