Photo: Les Contre-Sujets

NCEM hosts the first major EEEmerging: Emerging European Ensembles residency in the UK

The National Centre for Early Music (NCEM) in York, one of the eight major partner organisations from across the European Community, welcomes the innovative young French ensemble, Les Contre-Sujets in November 2015 for a residency. As part of a four-year Cooperation Project funded by Creative Europe, EEEmerging: Emerging European Ensembles, Les Contre-Sujets undertake an action-packed 10 day residency, which culminates in a concert on Saturday 5 December at the NCEM as part of the York Early Music Christmas Festival.

EEEmerging aims to allow young emerging ensembles to learn about the particular features of the international market as well as showcasing their artistic excellence and the quality of their common European musical heritage. Therefore, during their stay the French musicians take part in specialist training sessions with senior arts administrators and musicians from Brighton Early Music Festival and The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment as well as Professors Peter Seymour, University of  York and John Bryan, University of Huddersfield. The ensemble’s baroque dancer, Guillaume Jablonka, who performs The Four Nations programme with them on 5 December, will also work with Fanny Pouillot from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds.

Delma Tomlin MBE, Director of the NCEM says:
“We are delighted to welcome Les Contre-Sujets, one of 6 talented young ensembles selected for the first year of the EEEmerging project. This project provides excellent and clearly thought through opportunities to develop young artists, and specifically addresses the distinct lack of provision for young ensembles to spend time together learning the important skills of ensemble playing. It also provides essential formal support with learning how to organise and market their work in an increasingly competitive European market place.”

EEEmerging: Emerging European Ensembles, a large-scale European cooperation project promoting the emergence of new talent in early music led by the Centre culturel de rencontre d’Ambronay, France, brings the NCEM together with prestigious early music organisations in Slovenia, Romania, Latvia, Italy and Germany.

You can purchase tickets to see Les Contre-Sujets during their visit as they are performing several times:

  • Evening concert at the University of York in a double bill with the University Chamber Choir & Baroque Ensemble with Compagnia d'Istrumenti, directed by Peter Seymour on 2 December at the Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall
  • Lunchtime concert at the University of Huddersfield on 3 December followed by a workshop with undergraduate music students.

Photo: Les Contre-Sujets