‘Kaner’s music…was projected with admirable finesse by the Goldfield Ensemble’

The Times

KATE ROMANOClarinet, Artistic Director

Kate founded the Goldfield Ensemble in 2011 and is the Artistic Director of Goldfield Productions, where her passion is to make collaborative ‘adventures in sound’ that take audiences into extraordinary, boundary-pushing worlds falling outside traditional musical genres. She established the first year-long Artistic Residency at Stapleford Granary for the Ensemble and has written their five education projects, which have been seen by over 7000 children. She has  produced work for V&A Museum (Opera Passion)  Nova Music Opera, Cheltenham Festival, Bristol and Kent Universities and Royal Central School of Speech & Drama and has a special interest in transcultural, site-specific and cross-arts work.

As a clarinetist, she has performed at most major venues and festivals as soloist and chamber musician. Kate has given over 70 premieres and has recorded for NMC, Metier and Minabel. Her debut solo CD was awarded 5* reviews from Gramophone and ‘Pick of the Month’ in the chamber music section for the BBC Music Magazine. Kate  studied at the Royal Northern College of Music where she graduated with first class honours, she holds an MPhil from Cambridge University and a doctorate in composition from Kings College London. From 2003  – 2016 she held a senior academic post at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. In 2014, Kate was awarded a Fellowship from the School. She is a writer for BBC Orchestras, Proms and has written and presented 50 short stories for BBC Radio 3.


An award-wining graduate of Chetham’s School of Music and the Royal Academy of Music, Nicola enjoys a busy and successful freelance performing career. She is a founder member of the outstanding Britten Sinfonia and works with many of the top London orchestras (BBC Symphony and Concert orchestra, the Philharmonia, English National Opera, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra). Her performing career has embraced broadcasts, BBC Proms and taken her round the world for more than two decades.

Nicola runs a thriving private teaching practice and regularly takes part in the innovative outreach work with Britten Sinfonia and Goldfield Ensemble. She is involved with the running of Goldfield Productions as player representative for the Goldfield Ensemble. 


Alexandra was born and brought up in Great Hampden before embarking on a music degree at Selwyn College, Cambridge, where she was awarded a first class honours degree. She then attended the Royal Academy of Music as a student of Erich Gruenberg, graduating with Distinction in 2008. Two years later she was appointed a member of Britten Sinfonia, with whom she now principally plays, touring the UK and abroad. Recent Britten Sinfonia highlights have included performing Vivaldi’s Autumn from the Four Seasons in the City of London Festival and playing with the orchestra in the BBC Proms 2017.

Alexandra has also worked with the London Sinfonietta, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Aurora Orchestra, the City of London Sinfonia, and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. She plays frequently with the London Chamber Orchestra, with whom she was privileged to perform at the Royal Wedding in 2011, and with whom she recently toured Hong Kong. Alexandra is also excited to lead CantiaQuorum, an orchestra she founded in 2014 with her husband Alex.


Bridget Carey grew up in Essex and studied jointly at the Royal Academy of Music and London University, becoming one of the RAM’s first Masters graduates in 1987. She then launched into a freelance career which has found her working in every size of ensemble and every genre of music. She has a particular passion for working with composers and creating new work, as evidenced by her role as principal viola with Almeida Opera, Music Projects/London and Ensemble Expose in the 1990s, and her decade as viola player of the acclaimed Kreutzer string quartet. These ensembles provided her with an international performance and recording profile, which she continues to add to with the experimental ensemble Apartment House, and guest appearances with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and London Sinfonietta. She is a founder member of the outstanding chamber orchestra Britten Sinfonia, with whom she continues to perform the world over. In addition to her playing work, she enjoys a considerable reputation as a coach and communicator, making creative projects with communities and young people.


Toby Turton is a prolific orchestral, chamber and solo cellist. As an orchestral musician Toby is the Co-Principal cellist with Northern Ballet Sinfonia; appointed in May 2014. Toby also continues to work on a freelance basis for many of the UK’s finest chamber and symphony orchestras including the Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Academy of St.Martin in-the-Fields, City of London Sinfonia, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. He has toured USA, Canada, Europe and Russia extensively over a thirteen month period with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and been as far afield as Northern Norway to work for the Norwegian Arctic Philharmonic in winter. Toby performs regularly at the Proms during the summer and played at the first night with Sir Andrew Davis in 2014. Other highlights of last year included Principal/Solo work for both Royal Ballet Sinfonia & Northern Ballet and sitting Co-Principal to Aleksei Kiseliov in the Royal Scottish National Orchestra for several concerts, as part of his trial for Assistant Principal with the orchestra. As soloist Toby has performed over one hundred cello and piano recitals across the UK as well as all of the major cello concertos with a variety of orchestras – most recently Haydn’s C major concerto with the Rosemary Consort in 2013. Toby plays on a fine and rare cello made by Charles Boullangier in 1877.


Noted for the integrity and breadth of his musicianship as soloist, chamber musician and recording artist, Richard won the British Contemporary Piano Competition in 2006 and was represented by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) 2011-2015. He has been recognised for his ‘musical intelligence and pristine facility’ (International Record Review), ‘amazing decisiveness’, and ‘tumultuous performance’ (Ivan Hewett, The Daily Telegraph). Richard has released three solo recital discs to critical acclaim and his playing has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, BBC Two, BBC Four, Classic FM and Sky Arts. Recent highlights include recitals at Auditorium du Louvre, Bridgewater Hall, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Klangspuren Festival, Konzerthaus Berlin and Wigmore Hall, and tours in China and Columbia.

Highlights in 2019 include premiering a new work written for Richard by Kate Whitley, solo recitals at Music on Main festival (Vancouver), the complete Beethoven sonatas for violin and piano with Savitri Grier and Gershwin’s Concerto in F in Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Richard read Music at Clare College, Cambridge, graduating with a double first in 2008, and then studied at Guildhall School with Martin Roscoe. Richard teaches at City University, Guildhall School and the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama.