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Ensemble Meridiana selected for European showcase 

Ensemble Meridiana, winners of the 2009 York Early Music International Young Artists Competition, were invited to perform at the prestigious REMA showcase in the Casa da Musica in Porto, Portugal on 5th November 2011.  It was a great honour for them to be chosen to repesent the UK as one of only 8 ensembles from across Europe.
Sarah Humphrys of Ensemble Meridiana said: ""We had a wonderful time at the REMA conference. Thanks to the NCEM for giving us the opportunity. It was great to meet so many REMA members in one weekend and to chat to the other 7 ensembles from all over Europe. Not to mention the fun we had exploring, and getting lost, in the Casa da Musica!"

The REMA showcase is a biennial event which offers young artists the exceptional opportunity to perform to early music programmers from all over Europe, as well as continued support in the early stages of their career.  Also featured in the showcase were Les Ombres from France, who were Finalists in the 2011 York Early Music International Young Artists Competition.

Since its formation in 2006, Ensemble Meridiana has established itself as one of Europe's finest Baroque ensembles of its generation. The five members of Ensemble Meridiana, who play recorder, oboe, violin, bassoon, viola da gamba and harpsichord, come from four different countries, including the UK, and met during their studies at the Schola Cantorum in Basel, Switzerland. They have performed at festivals throughout Europe as well as at the National Centre for Early Music in York and at King's Place, London.  In April 2011 they released their debut album for Linn Records, a CD of Telemann chamber music, supported by the NCEM and the Fidelio Charitable Trust.