Our Ascension Cantatas project is up and running

19 March 2012

Today, comedian Alexander Armstrong and Sir John Eliot Gardiner launched our Ascension Cantatas project.

We are seeking to raise £50,000 over the next five weeks to help complete our award-winning Bach Cantatas series in two concerts of the Cantatas for Ascension Day at St Giles Cripplegate on 10 May 2012.

The story was covered by the London Evening Standard on Monday. Since then, Gramophone Magazine has picked up the story, and Alexander Armstrong has spoken to BBC Radio 5 Live's Breakfast about the campaign.

To find out how you can support the performance and recording, please visit our project page.

Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s Bach Cantata recordings are glorious and I have followed the series from the beginning. To play a small part in helping to complete such a historic collection is a huge privilege and I hope thousands of people will join me in a rare chance to be an arts philanthropist! - Alexander Armstrong

This has to be the most extraordinary, ambitious, and successful recording project in the history of the gramophone. - Sir David Attenborough

The Bach Pilgrimage is probably the very greatest recorded musical achievement in history – thanks to the music, of course, but others have recorded all the cantatas too, so that wouldn’t suffice. It is the way Sir John Eliot Gardiner conceives the music that would undoubtedly have astounded and elated even Bach himself. - Eileen Walliser, Switzerland - a supporter of the campaign