I’ve been making things happen with considerable energy for the past 6 years. I founded the Goldfield Ensemble in 2011 and in addition to our chamber music concerts, we’ve created collaborative events, education projects and enjoy imaginative programming. We’ve played at St Johns Smith Square, Kings College Chapel, HCMF, Kings Place and many UK festivals. We held the first Artistic Residency at Stapleford Granary. We’ve commissioned new works (Arlene Sierra, Kathy Hinde, Robin Holloway) and we partnered with the Wellcome Trust and sculptor Simeon Nelson to create an audio-visual event called Anarchy in the Organism. Last year we toured our RITUAL IN TRANSFIGURED TIME programme with Langham Research Centre – a bringing-together of old and new technology, sound and film, conventional and self-made instruments.
The Goldfield Ensemble is now resident ensemble within Goldfield Productions, a charitable incorporated organisation. I’m the Artistic Director of Goldfield Productions who exist to create adventures in sound for everyone, to transform the everyday into the extraordinary and reawaken our ears. Our next touring production is set for 2018; more details soon.
I moved into production in 2012 when I produced an opera for chamber music ensemble Okeanos. Tokaido Road (composed by Nicola LeFanu) is a touring chamber opera that combines two cultures – Western and Japanese – and five art forms in a 60 minute time frame. We wanted to make opera that would fit any space, any place and explored what was really happening when the two cultures met in an artistic framework. Our London premiere took place at Milton Court theatre. Our largest venue was the 2-acre Great Court of the British Museum. Our smallest was a remote 13th century church in the Cheviot Hills. With a combined opera and outreach audience of around 9000, this critically acclaimed production more than achieved what it set out to do.