“Rhythmic vitality…warmth and passion…
the Goldfield is a group to watch.”
Martin Dreyer, York Press, February 2014
The Goldfield Ensemble is a vibrant collective of soloists, chamber musicians, orchestral players and scholars. Founded in 2011 by a group of close friends, the Ensemble has quickly established itself as a high calibre, proactive chamber group with a growing reputation for innovative programming of lesser-known, unusual repertoire and eclectic collaborations which challenge tradition and preconceived ideas about performance and programming.
From 2013-14, the Ensemble were Artists-in-Residence at the Cambridgeshire Stapleford Granary where they presented concerts and talks throughout the year with a focus on neglected 20th century British repertoire. Since forming, they have given over 60 concerts including performances at Cheltenham Festival, Milton Court Theatre, Oxford Contemporary Music, Kings College (Easter at Kings), St Johns Smith Square, Kings Place, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, the English Music Festival and many UK music clubs and societies.
They work collaboratively with the Cambridgeshire Music Hub providing music education opportunities for young people in the area and have written and delivered touring productions to over 7000 children. In 2014 the Ensemble worked with the Wellcome Trust and artist Simeon Nelson in creating a touring version of Anarchy in the Organism, an audio-visual piece exploring contemporary attitudes to cancer. The Ensemble gave the UK premieres of Anarchy for clarinet, strings and electronics and the clarinet quartet Halcyon by Dai Fujikura which they subsequently recorded for MINABEL.
In 2017, the ensemble are toured their critically acclaimed programme RITUAL IN TRANSFIGURED TIME, to 7 UK venues. RITUAL combined film, old and new technology, self-made instruments and radiophonic in a experimental setting looking at how we programme mixed genre music. The RITUAL project included three new commissions: music by Arlene Sierra and Kathy Hinde and an award-winning film (Jerwood Prize 2016) by Solveig Settemsdal.