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The Goldfinch Ensemble December 2016

Photo: Kelvin Godee
Noyuri Hazama Violin
Pablo Sosa del Rosario Flute
Salomé Gasselin Viola da gamba
Emmanuel Frankenberg Harpsichord

The Goldfinch Ensemble came to York for a 10-day residency, our third as part of the eeemerging programme. Each from a different country, the ensemble members first met as students at The Royal Conservatory in The Hague. Since that time they have given performances throughout Europe, and earlier this year caught the public's attention by winning both first prize in the Internationale Händel-Festspiele Göttingen Competition and second prize in the International Early Music Competiton in the Loire Valley.

The Goldfinch Ensemble were with us from Friday 2 to Sunday 11 December. While here they benefited from specialist coaching by two of the most experienced exponents of historical performance in the UK, harpsichordist and conductor Laurence Cummings , and flautist and teacher Ashley Solomon . To support their career development, they also received training in marketing, fundraising, managing the ensemble and working with promoters from Clare Norburn, Co-Artistic Director of Brighton Early Music Festival. Photographer Bertrand Pichene travelled from France for a day's filming with them.

The Goldfinch Ensemble gave two performances as part of their residency. On Thursday 8 December they were invited by Professor John Bryan to give a lunchtime concert at the University of Huddersfield, after which they gave a masterclass to students from the University. On the final day of their residency, they performed in a lunchtime concert at the NCEM as part of the York Early Music Christmas Festival.