New Generation Baroque

BBC Radio 3, the National Centre for Early Music (NCEM) and the Royal College of Music (RCM), have announced Ensemble Molière as the first New Generation Baroque Ensemble from October 2021 for two years.

The new scheme aims to showcase and nurture exceptional UK-based ensembles in the early years of their professional careers working in the baroque sphere. It will support them to new heights of professionalism and artistry over a two-year period using the range of expertise, performance and recording opportunities available through each of the partner organisations. A new group will join the programme in 2023 to begin a new two-year programme, helping to encourage UK Baroque ensembles of the future, supporting artists at a critical stage in their careers.

Ensemble Molière, comprising five musicians performing on historic instruments, has established a strong reputation across the UK and Europe. Known for its distinctive combination of instruments – flute, violin, bassoon, viola da gamba/cello and harpsichord - as well as memorable and creative programmes from the repertoire of the 17th and 18th centuries, the Ensemble has already performed at many of the leading Baroque and Early Music festivals and has won significant acclaim.

Chosen through a non-competitive process to become the first New Generation Baroque Ensemble, the five musicians of the Ensemble can now build on their early success. Through a two-year programme centred on residencies at the RCM and NCEM and a regular presence on BBC Radio 3 they can now further develop their professional skills, reputation, profile and artistry.


If you are interested in the scheme read on…  It is aimed primarily at instrumental groups, consisting of between 3 - 6 performers, and performing repertory between 1600-1800 using historically informed playing techniques, instruments, and stylistic conventions. They 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.

The NCEM acts as the central administration and point of contact for the duration of the project. Ensembles are expected to enter into a formal contract with the partners. Please note that selection is made on the basis of talent spotting, appraisal, and recommendation. This is not a competition and there is no application process.


During the pandemic the partners supported young ensembles with a developmental workshop for baroque ensembles at the RCM.

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