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 our 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’
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.
As active on the concert stage as the theatre, Goldfield musicians have performed at St Johns Smith Square, Kings Place, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and many UK festivals and music societies. In 2014, the Ensemble were Artists-in-Residence at Cambridgeshire Stapleford Granary. In June 2019, Goldfield released the first recording of the chamber music of Erika Fox (NMC Recordings).
We are especially proud of our storytelling musical productions for younger audiences. These five acclaimed pop-up shows have been seen by over 9000 children and combine the finest chamber music woven into original narratives and shadow-play images, inspiring 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 for the area.
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.
News: reviews coming in for Erika Fox CD….
‘Refreshingly unusual…a ritual of tethered lines’ (Sunday Times)
‘Distinctive, uncompromising, theatrical…the performances are exemplary, bringing vivid colour and vibrancy to Erika Fox’s striking aural world’. (★★★★ Planet Hugill)
‘An intriguing introduction to her soundworld…her moment, overdue, has at last come’ (Guardian)
‘An outstanding album of hitherto unknown music…Fox’s music is really fascinating and different…this album is a gem!’ (Art Music Lounge)
Goldfield Productions: Registered Charity Number 1173427