Records relating to the Goldberg Ensemble's annual 'Celebration of New Music for Strings' tours, which ran from 2001 to 2008 and included performances, children's workshops and student composer's workshops. The records include scores of works performed by the Goldberg ensemble during the 'Celebration of New Music for Strings tours, programmes for each of the tours, correspondence concerning the Goldberg Ensemble and the tours and CDs and tapes, some of which contain recordings of performances by the Ensemble.
Between 2001 and 2008 the Ensemble presented eight annual ‘Celebration of New Music for Strings’ tours, presenting public concerts and workshops for schools and university music departments, taking in venues at Birmingham, Bristol, Durham, Huddersfield, Leeds, Manchester, Nottingham, Southampton, Wolverhampton and York.
The principal purpose of the ‘Celebrations’ was to contribute to the maintenance and development of the string ensemble tradition by commissioning new works from British composers and by giving second and subsequent performances to existing British string works of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. 39 works were commissioned or written for the ‘Celebrations'.
23 student composers’ workshops were given for composition students at Birmingham Conservatoire, University of Bristol, University of Huddersfield, Leeds College of Music, University of Manchester, Royal Northern College of Music, University of Wolverhampton and University of York.
The ‘Celebrations’ were given with funding from Regional Arts Lottery Programme, Arts Council England, Trusts and Foundations, host venues and universities with the exception of Royal Northern College of Music. They were given by Goldberg Ensemble as co-promotions with host venues and universities with the exception of the Royal Northern College of Music. At R.N.C.M. the ‘Celebrations’ were promoted solely by Goldberg Ensemble who were obliged to pay the College hire fees for venue and facilities.