Supported by the Creative Europe programme, EEEMERGING+ is an innovative European project dedicated to young Early Music ensembles. The National Centre for Early Music is one of nine European partners collaborating on the scheme: the Ambronay Cultural Encounter Centre (France), who are project leaders; the Athens Conservatoire (Greece); the National Forum of Music, Wrocław (Poland); the Torroella Festival of Montgrí (Spain); the International Händel-Festspiele, Göttingen (Germany); the Fundazione Ghislieri, Pavia (Italy); the Festival Kvarner, Opatija (Croatia); the Riga Early Music Centre (Latvia); and the National Centre for Early Music, York (UK).

EEEmerging Plus Creative Europe
The aims of EEEMERGING+ are:
  • to identify and select talented young ensembles and to develop their international career (with residencies, concerts, training and promotion)
  • to foster the artists' drive towards innovation (by employing new technologies, innovative solutions for audience development and new forms of performance)
  • to nurture and encourage the expansion of a community of artists, partners, professionals and audiences.

Many of the ensembles in the scheme are already known to NCEM audiences. There are currently two categories  - ‘Rising’ ensembles are: I Zefirelli, The WIG Society, PuraCorda, Cohaere Ensemble, Butter Quartet, La Camerata Chromatics, filoBarocco, Into the Winds and La Palatine. The ‘Experienced’ ensembles are: Concerto di Margherita, Consone Quartet, El Gran Teatro del Mundo, Cantoría, L’Apothéose, La Vaghezza, Cembaless, Prisma, Palisander and Sarbacanes.

There are lots of opportunities to hear some more of these ensembles this year. In March we were delighted to welcome back the vibrant young ensemble Cantoría. They were with us for a week’s residency during which they collaborated with Ben Pugh to produce a video, worked with Robert Hollingworth and the University of York’s student vocal ensemble The 24, and had the opportunity to meet and perform to UK promoters.

You can watch their performance online now. It's available to buy until Tuesday 19 April and watch on demand until Tuesday 26 April.

Later in the year we look forward to concerts by PRISMA and Sarbacanes at the Beverley & East Riding Early Music Festival in May, and by La Vaghezza at York Early Music Festival in July. In December we will welcome back La Palatine who wowed the audience with their performance at the 2021 Christmas Early Music Festival.

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