The Creative Voucher scheme enabled small and medium sized businesses to partner with an arts & humanities-based researcher from one of Creativeworks London’s partner institutions. This section shows all of the projects that we have supported. More information about the scheme can be found here.

Creative Voucher Scheme

Academy of Ancient Music and Royal Holloway

SME Partner

Simon Fairclough, Academy of Ancient Music

Academic Partner

Dr Stephen Rose, Royal Holloway, University of London

Project Title

Music, mobility and the Mediterranean melting-pot: a new concert repertoire for the Academy of Ancient Music

Project Description

From the 17th century onwards African musicians had been brought to European courts, whilst European merchants went to Africa and documented the music they heard. Italian and German composes even incorporated exotic African and Ottoman elements into their music. For this Creative Voucher project Dr Stephen Rose of Royal Holloway, University of London was paired with Simon Fairclough of the Academy of Ancient Music (AAM) in order to develop a new concert repertoire based upon the historic cross-fertilisation of European and North African cultures in the 18th century.


The partnership resulted in two main outputs, new compositions and a publication, collectively titled The Grand Tour: Venice & The Mediterranean. The compositions set Vivaldi’s music in juxtaposition with the sound of the oud, a stringed Arabic instrument, in order to evoke the ethnic and cultural diversity of Vivaldi’s Venetian environment, re-capturing the exoticism of the time.


Twice the compositions were performed to audiences, at the West Road Concert Hall in Cambridge on the 13th of May 2015, and at Milton Court in the Barbican, London, on the 14th of May 2015. The concert in Cambridge was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. Together the concerts had an approximate attendance of 600 people. The publication presented supporting research, including an essay by Dr Rose exploring the musical crossovers between the Ottoman and Italian worlds.


Beyond these results the partnership has offered Royal Holloway’s Music Department the hands on experience of planning and programming musical concerts, an invaluable experience.



Queen Mary - University of London
Arts & Humanities Research Council
European Union
London Fusion

Creativeworks London is one of four Knowledge Exchange Hubs for the Creative Economy funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to develop strategic partnerships with creative businesses and cultural organisations, to strengthen and diversify their collaborative research activities and increase the number of arts and humanities researchers actively engaged in research-based knowledge exchange.