‘In this striking modern update, set to words by Simon Armitage and music by Matthew Kaner, the children are refugees and the fairytale is a nightmare’
Founded in 2011, The Goldfield Ensemble are now the resident musicians of Goldfield Productions, a charitable incorporated organisation.
Highly collaborative and relentlessly curious, Goldfield Productions was created to make adventures in sound; to find ways of presenting music and art that transform the everyday into the extraordinary and reawaken our ears.
The production company grew from the success of the Ensemble and their growing belief that music can and should be experienced in many different ways to enrich lives. In 2018, Goldfield created and toured their critically acclaimed Hansel & Gretel (a nightmare in 8 scenes) commissioning new poetry from Simon Armitage, chamber music from Matthew Kaner and art / puppetry from Clive Hicks-Jenkins. Hansel & Gretel premiered at Cheltenham Music Festival and touring to 9 UK venues with a London premiere at Milton Court Concert Hall (Barbican) and subsequent BBC Radio 3 broadcast.
In 2016, they brought film, self-made instruments, old and new technology into the concert hall; RITUAL IN TRANSFIGURED TIME included three new commissions: music by Arlene Sierra and Kathy Hinde and the creation of an award-winning film by Solveig Settemsdal (Jerwood Prize 2016) and a creative collaboration with Langham Research Centre.
In 2019 Goldfield will release their debut CD for NMC Records: the chamber music of Erika Fox. They have performed at St Johns Smith Square, Kings Place, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and many appearances at UK festivals and music societies. From 2013-2014 the Ensemble were Artists-in-Residence at Cambridgeshire Stapleford Granary.
The Goldfield Ensemble are especially proud of their storytelling musical productions for younger audiences. These have been seen by over 7000 children and combine the finest chamber music woven into original narratives and imaginative images (puppetry, shadow puppets, props) to inspire wonder and curiosity in young audiences. They are currently creating their fifth show which will tour to Cambridgeshire schools in 2019.
Goldfield Productions gratefully acknowledges support from Arts Council England, PRS for Music Foundation , Leche Trust, RVW Trust, Colwinston Trust, Foyle Foundation, Double O Charity and the John S Cohen Foundation towards their forthcoming touring production of Hansel & Gretel.
Goldfield Productions: Registered Charity Number 1173427