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NCEM hosts the first major EEEmerging: Emerging European Ensembles residency in the UK

The National Centre for Early Music (NCEM), one of the eight major partner organisations from across the European Community, welcomes the innovative young French ensemble, Les Contre-Sujets to York in November 2015 for the first residency in a four year programme funded by Creative Europe - the EEEmerging: Emerging European Ensembles project. Les Contre-Sujets ends an action-packed 10 day residency with a concert on Saturday 5 December at 1.00pm at the NCEM as part of the York Early Music Christmas Festival. 

During their stay the musicians will take part in specialist training sessions tailored to their needs, with senior arts administrators and musicians from Brighton Early Music Festival and The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment as well as Professors Peter Seymour, University of  York and John Bryan, University of Huddersfield. The ensemble's baroque dancer, Guillaume Jablonka, who will perform The Four Nations programme with them on 5 December, will also work with Fanny Pouillot from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds. 

Delma Tomlin MBE, Director of the NCEM says: "We are delighted to welcome Les Contre-Sujets, one of 6 talented young ensembles selected for the first year of the EEEmerging project. This project provides excellent and clearly thought through opportunities to develop young artists, and specifically addresses the distinct lack of provision for young ensembles to spend time together learning the important skills of ensemble playing. It also provides essential formal support with learning how to organise and market their work in an increasingly competitive European market place."

EEEmerging: Emerging European Ensembles, a large-scale European cooperation project promoting the emergence of new talent in early music led by the Centre culturel de rencontre d'Ambronay, France, brings the NCEM together with prestigious early music organisations in Slovenia, Romania, Latvia, Italy and Germany.

During their visit Les Contre-Sujets will also take part in:
Evening concert at the University of York in a double bill with the University Chamber Choir & Baroque Ensemble with Compagnia d'Istrumenti, directed by Peter Seymour on 2 December at the Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall
Lunchtime concert at the University of Huddersfield on 3 December followed by a workshop with undergraduate music students. 

Tickets for Les Contre-Sujets on 5 Dec at the NCEM, St Margaret's Church: Adults £12.00 (Concessions £10.00; Students £5.00) are available from the NCEM box office tel: 01904 658338 and online at


Press Contact: 
Shona Galletly, on behalf of National Centre for Early Music 
m: 07813 796 733

Notes to Editors:
▪ The National Centre for Early Music is administered by the York Early Music Foundation and funded by Arts Council England, Yorkshire. The NCEM has a thriving creative learning programme which includes the biennial International Young Artists Competition (July 2017) for emerging ensembles and a year-round music programme focusing on young people living in challenging circumstances across York and the Humber region. 

▪ EEEmerging: Emerging European Ensembles aims to increase equality in the options open to young ensembles, to give them excellent working conditions along with support and organisation for their projects, and to help them to confront the realities of the early music market in Europe. EEEmerging encourages the international circulation and promotion of these European artists, and also raises awareness of one of the most beautiful chapters of our European musical heritage.
The project is run by eight co-organisers, supported by 37 international partners and six European professional networks. The ABE (EU Cultural Ambassador from 2011 to 2013) has served as the framework for the group's work.
The 6 ensembles selected for the first year of the EEEmerging programme in 2015 are: Barroco Tout, Sollazzo Ensemble, Repicco, Camerata Bachiensis, Amsterdam Corelli Collective and Les Contre-Sujets.

▪ Les Contre-Sujets aims to bring an original approach to early music performance: sometimes using video, a touch of staging, and always interacting with the audience. Since its formation in Paris in 2011, the group has performed across Europe, including a summer residency in 2014 at La Cité de la Voix in Vézelay, France. In 2015 it was invited to take part in the Göttinger Reihe Historischer Musik series, and for this occasion the concert included a recording by leading German actress Hanna Schygulla explaining musical and historical details to the audience. In May 2015 the ensemble was a finalist in the International Early Music Competition in Loire Valley, chaired by the Paris-based baroque expert William Christie, and later in the summer the group was in residency in Ambronay, France (as part of the 2015 EEEmerging programme), which included a masterclass with baroque violinist Enrico Onofri. Other engagements this year have included concerts at the MAfestival Fringe in Bruges and Utrecht Oude Muziek Fringe, as well as a live radio broadcast (of a Vivaldi cello concerto) from the Amsterdam Concergebouw. Future projects include festival appearances, radio broadcasts and a partnership with Musée National Eugène Delacroix in Paris.