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New Generation Baroque Ensemble



National Centre for Early Music

Royal College of Music, London
Coronavirus update: The New Generation Baroque Ensemble scheme was designed by BBC Radio 3 in partnership with the National Centre for Early Music (NCEM) and the Royal College of Music (RCM) to keep early music alive and  to support the ongoing professionalisation of specialist instrumental ensembles in the UK. It was scheduled to start from September 2020 and cover two years. However, due to the present climate and restrictions of Covid-19 we will be delaying the scheme by a year. We are however looking to see if we can plan some low level activity for the autumn 2020, dependent on public health  and safety restrictions around that time. Get in touch if you might be interested in potentially being involved.

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. 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. 

For information about all NCEM opportunities, email ngbe@ncem.co.uk.

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