Developmental Workshop for baroque ensembles, 11th April 2021
Royal College of Music, London

The workshop was a development opportunity designed in response to Covid-19, as part of the New Generation Baroque Ensemble Scheme in partnership with BBC Radio 3 and the Royal College of Music.  Whilst the main scheme had been postponed due to the ongoing health crisis, the team behind it wanted to support young players in a 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 was held at the Royal College of Music on Sunday 11th April.  The event, organised in strict compliance with the current guidelines on social-distancing, offered seven 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. The ensembles who participated were Apollo's Cabinet; Dramma per Musica; Ensemble Augelletti; Ensemble Hesperi; Ensemble Moliere; Grand Si├Ęcle; Lux Musicae London.

Photographs by Mark Allan

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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