November 2020

Published 12 November 2020. Arcangelo New Ensemblists (L-R) Sophia Prodanova, Ismael Campanero, Sergio Bucheli

Arcangelo launches New Ensemblists programme

Arcangelo, the award-winning period performance ensemble, is delighted to launch its new development programme for ensemble players, the Arcangelo New Ensemblists, with violinist Sophia Prodanova, bassist Ismael Campanero and lutenist Sergio Bucheli joining the scheme for its 2020-22 pilot.

The innovative programme offers specialist training and development opportunities for ensemble musicians in period performance. Unlike a shadowing or apprenticeship scheme, the New Ensemblists will make full professional participation in Arcangelo concert and recording projects until the end of the 2021-22 season, including recording sessions with countertenor Tim Mead and cellist Nicolas Altstaedt, and concerts including Arcangelo’s regular appearances at Wigmore Hall.

Complementing the performance experience, a four-day academy will offer workshops with Arcangelo’s founder and Artistic Director Jonathan Cohen and guest mentors on repertoire, ornamentation, accompaniment and harmony. The New Ensemblists will also receive promotional support from Arcangelo and personal investment funds for developing their own creative projects.

Arcangelo Artistic Director Jonathan Cohen said:

“I am really thrilled that we’ve been able to launch this scheme, and about the way that it’s set up. Thinking back to when I was starting my career as a cellist, some of the most inspiring and useful situations were those where I was put in to work with experienced players on an equal footing. I learned so much, and this scheme will give Sophia, Ismael and Sergio experience but also responsibility, which is the really valuable thing. I am really looking forward to making music with them together.”

Arcangelo General Manager Julian Forbes said:

“We have been making plans for this programme for eighteen months, and it’s a very great pleasure to be able to launch it at last. Sophia, Ismael and Sergio have outstanding potential, and we are hugely grateful to the private supporters of the New Ensemblists pilot for their founding commitment and encouragement, and their recognition that this year has only made the programme more important.”

The Arcangelo New Ensemblists programme is generously supported by private donors. For further information about the scheme please contact


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