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Hello from all of us at The Berlin Friday Academy!

We are an ensemble of passionate historically-inspired musicians from around the world. We strive to bring about beauty through the performance, recording, and scholarly discussion of eighteenth century music. 

We need your help.

Our latest project is a rare opportunity: to record the trio of sonatas of Johann Gottlieb Janitsch (1708—1763) and bring this beautiful music to to the global stage. 

This August we have been given this opportunity by Dutch-based record label Brilliant Classics ( to revive five of Janitsch's most inspired chamber music  works.

Following a half-century of neglect and complete obsolescence after having been confiscated and forcibly expatriated amongst the Soviet “plunders of war,” these works are able to sing once more.

Janitsch's music is some of the most creative work from the eighteenth century, with rich melodies and harmonies that reflect the unbridled optimism of the Enlightenment. These works are not only a great joy to play, but are superb to listen to and engage with.
This premiere album, hopefully the beginnings of our showcasing the works of this unjustly-forgotten composer, is not only an exercise in musical archaeology, but also a lesson in humanity. Music, art, books, and ideas all serve as the foundation of our human experience. By undertaking this project at this point, it is our hope that we can not only revive works that have been unjustly censored by history, but to bring a little bit of enlightenment to the world. 

So will you help us, and be part of reviving some of the most beautiful history?

The Berlin Friday Academy: 

Tim Willis: violin + viola
Adam Masters: oboe
Joseph Monticello: flute
Alexander Nicholls: violoncello
Daniel Trumbull: keyboard

Works on this CD:

Sonata da camera in B-flat major for oboe, violin and continuo 
Sonata da camera in G minor for oboe, violin and continuo
Trio in D major for flute, viola and continuo
Sonata da camera in F major for flute, violin and continuo
Sonata in E minor for flute, violin and continuo

In preparation for this project, we have secured a small amount of grant support and a generously donated Harpsichord, but are coming to you, our friends and colleagues, to seek help in raising the remaining funds necessary. 

Any support you may be able to afford us will be very much appreciated!
All raised funds will go directly towards the recording costs, and venue hire.

Donation Information and Offers

For the below amounts we are offering the following gifts, (including world-wide shipping:)

Music Fanatic 
$20: Receive 1 CD, with the compliments of the Berlin Friday Academy

Friend of the Berlin Friday Academy: 
$30: CD + Signed thank-you postcard

Berlin Music Connoisseur:
$50: Receive 1 Signed CD with postcard, from all of us at the BFA

Close Acquaintance of the BFA:
$75: CD + Thank-you postcard + Recorded birthday felicitations to you or a friend of your choice.

Beloved Music Patron 
$100: All gifts described above, with the added benefit of being a part of an exclusive "behind-the-scenes" mailing list, chock-full of photos, outtakes, historical tidbits, and photos. 

BFA Lifelong Cherished Benefactor:
$200: Signed CD + Immortalization in print as generous benefactor in CD liner notes

Berlin Courtier: 
$350: All gifts described above, and also the opportunity to find out in person  what it takes to put a CD together. Be our guest for a rehearsal and find out just what goes on behind-the-scenes! Available only in Berlin, between August 19-27, 2019

Basically Friedrich the Great:
$500: All gifts outlined above, plus dinner with the band in Berlin between August 19-31, 2019

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