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EEEmerging: Emerging European Ensembles

Over the past four years, the NCEM has been engaged in eeemerging, a partnership programme with colleagues across Europe, funded through Creative Europe and designed to support young emerging professional ensembles - find out more below. Following the success of this project, the partners are seeking funding from Creative Europe for eeemerging +, an enhanced programme going forward. We should know by June 2019 whether the bid has been successful.

In May the young Spanish vocal ensemble  Cantoría will come to York for a residency. Don't miss the opportunity to hear them on Sunday 26 May in their concert at St. James' Church, Warter as part of the Beverley Early Music Festival. Book tickets online .

The eeemerging project
Eeemerging was led by the Centre culturel de rencontre d'Ambronay, France and brought together Ars Ramovš, Ljubljana, Slovenia; Centre de musique ancienne de l'Université de musique de Bucarest, Romania; Centre de musique ancienne de Riga, Latvia; Ghislierimusica, Pavia, Italy; Internationale Händel-Festspiele Göttingen, Germany; Ozango Productions, Strasbourg, France; and the National Centre for Early Music in York, UK. They were supported by 37 international partners and six European professional networks. Eeemerging was supported by the Creative Europe programme.

The aims of the project were:
  • to find and select the most promising emerging ensembles in Europe
  • to offer them specialised training to help with the development of their careers
  • to offer them residencies in a network of different European countries
  • to arrange performances for a variety of audiences
  • to raise awareness, promote the ensembles and help them with marketing support
eeemerging supported young ensembles in a four-year programme to promote new talent in young professional early music ensembles. It aimed to find and select the best emerging ensembles in Europe, to give them excellent working conditions along with support and organisation for their projects, and to help them understand the realities of the early music market in Europe. Each selected ensemble benefited from several periods of residency hosted by the eeemerging partners. The residencies were designed to give them time together to learn the important skills of ensemble playing as well as to support them with artistic coaching and training in outreach, organisation and marketing. Ensembles received support over a 1-3 year period.

The NCEM has hosted seven eeemerging residencies since 2016:
Cantoría May 2019
Concerto di Margherita December 2017
The Goldfinch Ensemble December 2016
Consone Quartet May 2016
Les Contre-Sujets December 2015