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New Generation Baroque Ensemble

National Centre for Early Music

Royal College of Music, London
The National Centre for Early Music (NCEM) is collaborating with BBC Radio 3 and the Royal College of Music (RCM) on a UK-based project entitled 'BBC Radio 3 New Generation Baroque Ensemble' the key goal of which is to support the ongoing professionalisation of a selected early music ensemble over a two year period by providing opportunities for live performance, broadcasting, mentoring, coaching and provision of rehearsal facilities.

It is envisioned that the Ensemble will be a primarily instrumental group, consisting of between 3 - 6 performers, and performing repertory between 1600-1800 using historically informed playing techniques, instruments and stylistic conventions.

The Ensemble should be based in the UK for the duration of the programme, and should be available for studio recordings, coaching sessions, open rehearsals and performances in London, York and Beverley (East Yorkshire) as well as being interested in developing management/professional career skills.   

This is a two-year programme designed to support the ongoing professionalisation of an ensemble.  We will choose one ensemble each year. It is envisaged that the first group will join the programme from October 2020.  The NCEM will act as the central administration and point of contact for the duration of the project. Ensembles will be expected to enter into a formal contract with the NCEM.

Please note that selection will be made by the partners on the basis of talent spotting, appraisal and recommendation. This is not a competition and there is no application process. 

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The National Centre for Early Music is administered by York Early Music Foundation Registered Charity No 1068331.