words by Simon Armitage, music by Matthew Kaner
and art / puppetry by Clive Hicks-Jenkins
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. From 2013-14, the Ensemble were Artists-in-Residence at the Cambridgeshire Stapleford Granary where they presented a series of concerts alongside talks focusing on lesser-known 20th century British repertoire. They have worked with artist Simeon Nelson and the Wellcome Trust on the groundbreaking ANARCHY IN THE ORGANISM project – an audio-visual installation that attempts to normalise cancer and subsequently was presented at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and Kings Place as a concert piece. In 2016, they brought together film and sound, self-made instruments and conventional instruments, old and new technology in a critically acclaimed tour called RITUAL IN TRANSFIGURED TIME supported by Arts Council England and other trusts. The RITUAL project included three new commissions: music by Arlene Sierra and Kathy Hinde and the creation of an award-winning film (Jerwood Prize 2016) by Solveig Settemsdal. Goldfield work collaboratively with Langham Research Centre, with the Cambridgeshire Music Hub and an ever-growing number of touring venues and partners. Since forming, they have given over 60 concert performances including premieres at Cheltenham Festival, Milton Court Theatre, Oxford Contemporary Music, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and prestigious appearances at Kings College (Easter at Kings), St Johns Smith Square, Kings Place, the English Music Festival and many UK music clubs and societies.
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 2018.
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