National Centre for Early Music

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The award-winning National Centre for Early Music is a centre of excellence for music making of all kinds - and an established conference and recording venue. Situated in St Margaret’s Church York, it is the home of the internationally renowned York Early Music Festival and the Beverley and East Riding Early Music Festival. The Centre also attracts some of the world’s finest artists in the fields of jazz, folk and world music. The National Centre for Early Music is a high-tech, modern facility based within an historical setting. It runs a year-round community and education programme and offers first-class conference and recording facilities.
The National Centre for Early Music runs a lively year-round education programme for people of all ages. There are a number of activities for people who want to make music and explore their creative potential. Some of the activities concentrate on music from the past, some explore contemporary music and music technology - some are a combination of all three! The NCEM also produces a selection of resources for schools and other groups.

Venue Type:

Gallery

Opening hours

See website.

Admission charges

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Collection details

Music

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
European Union Baroque Orchestra

European Union Baroque Orchestra

  • 4 December 2015 7:30-9:30pm

This extraordinary band of young musicians is drawn together from across the European Union to work under the inspirational leadership of Music Director Lars Ulrik Mortensen. EUBO is like no other orchestra: its modus operandi is to audition and select new personnel annually. This ephemeral existence makes its concerts special: live performances enjoying all the technical accomplishment of the best young baroque musicians in Europe, allied to an infectious, undimmed sense of discovery and enjoyment.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults £25.00 | Concessions £23.00 | Students £5

Website

http://www.ncem.co.uk/?idno=189&eventID=1914

Yorkshire Bach Choir & Baroque Soloists

Yorkshire Bach Choir & Baroque Soloists

  • 5 December 2015 7:30-9:30pm

Haydn's choral masterpiece The Creation was premièred in 1798 and was performed nearly 40 times during his lifetime. It remains a life-affirming piece which is eagerly anticipated by audience and performers alike as all have wonderfully rewarding parts to play or sing. We are introduced to the creation of light, land and sea, plant life, heavenly bodies, animals, birds, fish, man and woman. It amounts to a cantata devoted to Adam and Eve and to the further praise of heaven – as is so much of Haydn's unbeatable choral writing. The orchestra introduces us to the pre-Creation chaos and then to the emergence of the oceans and mountains, the sunrise and moonrise, the birds and the whales all with vivid scene painting.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults £25.00 | Concessions £23.00 | Students £5.00 on the door

Les Contre-Sujets

Les Contre Sujets - The Four Nations

  • 5 December 2015 1-2pm

Welcome to the 1st York International Concerto Competition England, France, Germany and Italy will engage in a fierce battle for the best concerto.

The rules are simple :
1. Each nation will be represented by a single concerto
2. The audience will vote for their favourite concerto
3. Les Contre-Sujets will play an extra concerto fromthe winning nation as the encore.

Applications are open to any unknown baroque composer born between 1670 and 1720 from one of the above-mentioned nations. Rumour has it that Vivaldi, Telemann and even members of the Bach family could attend the competition. Special guests such as dancers are expected. Other prizes may be awarded.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults £12.00 | Concessions £10.00 | Students £5.00

Website

http://www.ncem.co.uk/?idno=189&eventID=1916

Ulrike Hofbauer

L'Arcadia - The Thomaskirche Contenders

  • 6 December 2015 7:30-9:30pm

Bach, Telemann, Fasch and Graupner were all finalists for the same position at the Thomaskirche in Leipzig, the post famously going to Bach – the search committee's last choice! Advent cantatas from his rivals Telemann and Graupner, a sonata by Fasch, Telemann's exquisite sixth Paris Quartet and one of the greatest trio sonatas of the baroque era – from Bach's Musical Offering – make compelling cases in support of all four of these composers.

Admission

Adults £21.00 | Concessions £19.00 | Students £5.00

Website

http://www.ncem.co.uk/?idno=189&eventID=1919

The Marian Consort

The Marian Consort

  • 7 December 2015 Until 9:30pm

The Marian Consort follows the Christmas story through the eyes of those key players in the drama of the Nativity, the shepherds, in some of the most exquisite music of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. At the heart of the programme is Jean Mouton's beautiful motet Quaeramus cum pastoribus, which remained in the repertoire of the Cappella Sistina for over one hundred years and had a profound and lasting compositional legacy.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults £21.00 | Concessions £19.00 | Students £5.00

Website

http://www.ncem.co.uk/?idno=189&eventID=1920

Joglaresa

Joglaresa - Sing We Yule!

  • 8 December 2015 7:30-9:30pm

Celebrate Yule with the ever-cheerful Joglaresa, and chase out the chill from the Celtic fringes of Europe. Traditional wassails, medieval carols, sizzling fidels, dulcet harp, virtuoso percussion, bells, bagpipes and soaring voices enable Joglaresa to ring in Christmas and New Year.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults £21.00 | Concessions £19.00 | Students £5.00

Website

http://www.ncem.co.uk/?idno=189&eventID=1921

The York Waits

The York Waits

  • 9 December 2015 7:30-9:30pm

Northern European music from the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries including many familiar Advent and Christmas chorales by Michael Praetorius and his contemporaries, seasonal songs and instrumental pieces that reflect the onset of winter

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Adults £21.00 | Concessions £19.00 | Students £5.00

Website

http://www.ncem.co.uk/?idno=189&eventID=1922

Clare Wilkinson (9)

Courtiers of Grace - A Rose There Is...

  • 10 December 2015 7:30-9:30pm

"Music is God's greatest gift.” In 1538 Luther celebrated Christmas with music at his home. He was 'joyful at table' whenever a consort of musicians was formed after dinner. Latin motets were sung, and perhaps Luther's own Vom Himmel Hoch, written for his children. We tease out the story of man and musician in words and music.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults £21.00 | Concessions £19.00 | Students £5.00

Website

http://www.ncem.co.uk/?idno=189&eventID=1923

Ex Cathedra

Ex Cathedra

  • 11 December 2015 7:30-9:30pm

Three generations of English composers are represented in this evocative Christmas programme - Thomas Tallis, John Sheppard, William Byrd - and Orlando Gibbons, the 'silver swan' of the Elizabethan era who brought this golden age of music to its conclusion.

Programme includes:
Byrd Mass for Four Voices
Great Service (Magnificat & Nunc dimittis)
Gibbons This is the record of John
See, see the Word is incarnate
Tallis Videte miraculum
Sheppard Verbum caro

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£25, £23 concessions £5 students

Website

http://www.ncem.co.uk/?idno=189&eventID=1924

B'Rock Orchestra

B'Rock Orchestra - A Baroque X-Mas

  • 12 December 2015 7:30-9:30pm

First stop: Corelli's Italy. The eighth concerto grosso of his iconic Opus 6 is subtitled 'For Christmas Eve', on account of the bagpipe-like drones in its concluding 'Pastorale'. A similar effect can be heard in Alessandro Scarlatti's O di Betlemme altera. The glowing arias and recitatives of this touching Christmas cantata are a perfect fit for soprano Julia Doyle – as is the virtuoso solo part of Handel's Gloria, a recently rediscovered composition from his earliest Italian years. After a journey through Purcell's England, the quest leads to France, where Charpentier and Delalande turned traditional Christmas songs into instrumental paragons of pastoral beauty. B'Rock's Christmas concludes in twentieth century Latvia, with the subtle suggestion of bell-ringing in Arvo Pärt's mesmerising Fratres.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall
University of York
Heslingtin
YO10 5DD

Admission

£25 (£23) £5

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Counterpoint, a Tudor Teaching Resource

http://www.ncem.co.uk/counterpoint

Counterpoint is a CD-ROM educational resource about life in Tudor England. Through music, drama and a wide range of classroom-based activities, the CD-ROM explores the religious changes that took place in England during Tudor times, and the impact these had on the musicians who lived and worked in York Minster. In particular, the CD-ROM focuses on what it was like to be a chorister during the turbulent years of the Reformation. The resource is aimed at Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 and covers aspects of the National Curriculum in Music, History and Religious Education.

Creator

  • National Centre for Early Music

Publisher

  • National Centre for Early Music

How to obtain

Counterpoint costs £30.00 and can be purchased with e-learning credits. The resource ius avaiable from: The National Centre for Early Music, St Margaret's Church, Walmgate, York YO1 9TL; telephpone 01904 632220; email info@ncem.co.uk or visit www.ncem.co.uk

National Centre for Early Music
St Margaret’s Church
Walmgate
York
North Yorkshire
YO1 9TL
England

Website

www.ncem.co.uk

E-mail

info@ncem.co.uk

Telephone

General Enquiries

01904 632220

Box Office

01904 658338

Fax

01904 612631

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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