I’m the Artistic Director of Goldfield Productions , initially founded as the Goldfield Ensemble in 2011. Highly collaborative, relentlessly curious and and driven by a love of storytelling, Goldfield Productions work with composers and other artists to make unique, bespoke ‘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 poet laureate 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.
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. Goldfield musicians 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.
I’m especially proud of Goldfield’s acclaimed storytelling musical productions for younger audiences. I’ve written and directed five of these 50-minute pop-up shows, which have been seen by over 9000 children since 2014. They combine the finest chamber music woven into original narratives and shadow-puppet automata to inspire wonder and curiosity in young audiences.
In 2018 Goldfield further extended our outreach participatory work. In collaboration with North Herts Music Service, 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.