Founded in 2011, the Goldfield Ensemble are now the resident musicians of Goldfield Productions, a charitable incorporated organisation.
Highly collaborative, relentlessly curious and driven by a love of storytelling, Goldfield Productions work with composers and other artists to make ‘adventures in sound’. We find ways of presenting music and art that transform the everyday into the extraordinary and reawaken our ears.
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 and Jan Zalud. 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.
‘Kaner’s music was projected with admirable finesse by the Goldfield Ensemble’ The Times
‘In this striking modern update from Goldfield Productions, the children are refugees and the fairytale is a nightmare…. Armitage’s words are the constantly shining white pebbles guiding the piece’
Guardian ★★★★ ‘
In 2016, we 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 June 2019, Goldfield will release a recording of the chamber music of Erika Fox for NMC Records. We have performed at St Johns Smith Square, Kings Place, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and most UK festivals and music societies. In 2014, the Ensemble were Artists-in-Residence at Cambridgeshire Stapleford Granary.
We are especially proud of our storytelling musical productions for younger audiences. These five acclaimed pop-up shows have been seen by over 8000 children and combine the finest chamber music woven into original narratives and shadow-play images to inspire wonder and curiosity in young audiences. In 2018 we established the ground-breaking Highbury Whispers Youth Theatre project, enabling 50 teenagers to create a site-specific new musical from scratch. In 2020 Goldfield will lead the Aspire programme at Lichfield Festival, developing new community projects in the area.
‘The most beautiful retelling….dark, impish, apt…stunning playing’ (Kate Molleson, Hansel & Gretel on BBC Radio 3)
In 2018-19, Goldfield Productions are funded by Arts Council England, PRS Foundation, RVW Trust, Hinrichsen Foundation, Foyle Foundation, Ambache Trust, Radcliffe Trust, Leche Trust, Colwinston Trust, John S Cohen Foundation and the Double O Foundation. We are extremely grateful to all our supporters who enable us to support artists, create and bring our work to audiences all over the UK.
Goldfield Productions: Registered Charity Number 1173427