“Vibrant, wistful and full of concentration and commitment.”

Gloucester Citizen, April 2015

KATE ROMANOClarinet and Director

Kate is a producer, clarinetist, writer and fundraiser. She founded the Goldfield Ensemble in 2011 and is the Artistic Director of Goldfield Productions. For the Goldfield Ensemble, she established the first year-long Artistic Residency at Stapleford Granary and has written their five education projects, which have been seen by over 7000 children. As a producer, she created and managed the 2014 critically acclaimed touring opera Tokaido Road and works as a freelance producer for opera and music theatre. Kate has been a guest speaker on BBC Radio 3’s  Music Matters and is currently writing ten short stories  for Essential Classics. She reviews for The Cusp, writes programme notes for the BBC and her writing has been published in The Guardian and various arts journals. 

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.

NICOLA GOLDSCHEIDER VIOLIN

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 CALDON | VIOLIN

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 VIOLA

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. Bridget joined the Goldfield ensemble in 2014 and delights in the variety of musical projects she finds there.

TOBY TURTON CELLO

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.

JAMES SHERLOCK PIANO

James Sherlock performs widely as a pianist specialising in chamber music. In 2014 he made his debuts at the Carnegie and Tchaikovsky Halls, and this year returns to major halls and festivals throughout Europe, alongside a UK-wide tour of Bach’s Das Wohltemperierte Klavier. He has collaborated with artists including Angelika Kirchschlager, Sarah Connolly, Sir Thomas Allen, and is a winner of the Royal Overseas League Piano Competition and the ROSL award for accompanists, Das Lied International Song Competition, the BBC Performing Arts Trust and Award for Young Concert Artists. His recordings have won awards from Gramophone, BBC Music and International Piano Magazines