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EEEmerging: Emerging European Ensembles


The Butter Quartet
Congratulations to The Butter Quartet who were awarded the EEEEMERGING+ prize at the York Early Music International Young Artists Competition, giving them them direct access to the scheme

EEEMERGING+ is an innovative European programme which aims to foster and develop young musicians who specialise in early music and to promote them on the international stage. Funded by Creative Europe, the scheme which will run from September 2019 to February 2023. It builds on the success of the 2014 - 2018 EEEmerging programme which aimed to identify, select, promote and train the most promising early music ensembles across Europe and benefited 32 ensembles and 371 artists of 25 nationalities.

EEEMERGING+ is a collaboration of 9 European partners: the Centre culturel de rencontre d'Ambronay, France (project leaders); the Athens Conservatoire, Greece; the National Forum of Music, Wrocław, Poland; the Torroella Festival of Montgrí, Spain; the International Händel-Festspiele Göttingen, Germany; the Fundazione Ghislieri, Pavia, Italy; the Riga Early Music Centre, Latvia; the Festival Kvarner - Opatija, Croatia; and the National Centre for Early Music in York, UK

The aims of EEEMERGING+ are:
  • to develop and sustain the international careers of selected young ensembles with residencies, concerts, training and promotion
  • to foster the drive towards innovation, especially by experimenting with the use of new technologies to facilitate international co-operation, by proposing and testing innovative solutions for audience development and by conceiving and trying out new forms of performance
  • to nurture and encourage the expansion of the community of artists (both professional and amateur), partners and other professionals (operators, media cultural operators) and cultivate potential audiences.
As part of the eeemerging scheme, the NCEM hosted seven residencies:
Cantoría May 2019
Concerto di Margherita December 2017
The Goldfinch Ensemble December 2016
Consone Quartet May 2016
Les Contre-Sujets December 2015