Developmental Workshop for baroque ensembles, 15th November 2020
Royal College of Music, London

We are delighted to announce a development opportunity in response to Covid-19 as part of New Generation Baroque Ensemble Scheme in partnership with BBC Radio 3 and the Royal College of Music.  Whilst the main scheme has been postponed due to the ongoing health crisis, the team behind it wanted to still support young players in this turbulent time by offering unrivalled access to experts in the field as part of a special development day. A New Generation Baroque Ensemble Developmental Workshop will be held at the Royal College of Music on Sunday 15th November.  The event, organized in strict compliance with the current guidelines on social-distancing, will offer ensembles an opportunity to present selected repertoire to representatives from BBC Radio 3, NCEM, and RCM, receiving feedback on the session and generally on career development. Assistance with travel expenses to the workshop may be available.

Who may apply 
Aspiring instrumental early music ensembles based in the UK

How to apply
Send a proposal to by Friday 9th October. 

Your proposal should include:

  • the name and instrument/s of each member of the ensemble
  • 15 minutes of sound recordings. Give details of the pieces submitted, annotate the players for each work, and the date and place of the recording.
  • A list of your current repertoire
  • Details of any concerts or recordings you are currently working on
  • a link to the ensemble’s website or Facebook page if applicable

What next

We will be in touch with further details, and Professor Ashley Solomon, Head of the RCM’s Historical Performance Faculty, will advise what repertoire he would like to work on with you.

BBC Radio 3 New Generation Baroque Ensemble scheme

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 - 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 2021.  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. Please note 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. 

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