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

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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.
Hannah James, Hazel Askew and Rowan Rheingans

Lady Maisery

  • 5 May 2015 7:30-10pm

They enchant with rich harmonies, sumptuous melodies and warm personalities, whether singing unaccompanied or playing harp, banjo, concertina and fiddle. The almost lost tradition of diddling is a speciality, together with Hannah's clog dancing. Former BBC Folk Awards nominees and earning dream reviews for their recordings and live shows, this young trio is on track for great things.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£13 (£11)

Website

http://www.ncem.co.uk

University of York Baroque Ensemble

University of York Baroque Day - 'The beginning and end of all things' - JS Bach Day

  • 9 May 2015 12:30-9pm

12.30pm Brandenburg Concerti nos, 2, 5 & 6.
3.00pm Bach at Home: solo and duo sonatas.
7.00pm Brandenburg Concerti nos. 1, 3 and 4.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£36 for Day Ticket (£32 conc) see website for individual prices

Website

http://www.ncem.co.uk

Pyramus and Thisbe Lion

Pyramus and Thisbe

  • 10 May 2015 4-6pm

Early Opera specialists Opera Restor'd stage their acclaimed production of Lampe's scintillating English comic opera. A lugubrious moon, a cowardly lion, an obstreperous wall and two bumbling Roman Lovers.

Shakespeare's hilarious reworking – in A Midsummer Night's Dream – of Ovid's Pyramus and Thisbe story is one of the best-loved comic episodes in theatre. Set to music parodying the pomposity of the Italian Opera of the day, and the result is full of musical and theatrical fireworks.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£22.00 (concessions £18.00)

Website

http://www.ncem.co.uk/?idno=189&eventID=1825

Dunedin Consort

Young Composers Award 2015

  • 14 May 2015 7:30-10pm

This award, now in its 8th year, attracts composers from across the UK.

Eight finalists will work with composer Christopher Fox and the Dunedin Consort to prepare their pieces for this public performance. The winners will be announced on the night and their pieces performed by the Dunedin Consort at a public concert to be recorded for broadcast by BBC Radio 3.

If you are 25 or under and would like to find out how to enter this award, please visit www.ncem.co.uk/composersaward2015
Registrations of interest have to be in by Friday 20 February 2015

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£10.00 (concessions £5.00)

Cloudmakers Trio

Cloudmakers Trio

  • 16 May 2015 7:30-9:30pm

Their sound world defies category yet draws influence from a diverse range of music traditions, whilst keeping a raw energy, a dedication to deep groove and rhythm and strong melodies. Led by award-winning multi-instrumentalist Jim Hart, the trio represents the culmination of over a decade of musical growth between three of the finest London-based musicians currently working on the international jazz, improvised and alternative music scenes.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£13.00 (£11.00) students £5.00

Cataplufs Musical Journey

Catapluf's Musical Journey

  • 17 May 2015 11am-12pm

This family-packed show created by and featuring the amazing multi-instrumentalist, versatile musicians, composer and respected educator Adriano Adewale, was commissioned for the EFG London Jazz Festival in 2013. For this special adventure he is joined by Jenny Adejayan cello, Marcelo Andrade and Giuliano Pereira saxophones, flute and guitar and Andres Ticino percussion. Adriano is known for his unconventional and exploratory approach to music and his ability to create magical soundscapes from the ordinary and everyday. He is the leader of Umpatacum Afro-Brazilian band and the Adriano Adewale Group who performed at the NCEM in 2010.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • Any age

Admission

Tickets: Adults £7.00; Young People £5.00
Family Ticket: £20.00 (2 adults and 2 young people)

Website

http://www.ncem.co.uk/?idno=189&eventID=1793

Alison Bury Violin

Girasoli

  • 20 May 2015 7:30-9:30pm

Girasoli grew out of John Eliot Gardiner's Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique which reproduced the exact [marathon] programme of an Akademie given by Beethoven in Vienna in 1800 – a concert which included his magnificent Septet. Beethoven's revolutionary sympathies are well known as was the personal injustice of his deafness and it is fitting that this extraordinary work was chosen by Girasoli to launch Jessie's Fund – a York-based organisation that helps children with special needs to communicate through music. Now celebrating the Fund's 20th anniversary, the group returns to this popular work in tandem with the Mozart Horn Quintet, bringing this extraordinary music to life through the transparency and clarity of instruments of the period.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults £20.00 | Concessions £18.00 | Students £5.00

Website

http://www.ncem.co.uk/?idno=189&eventID=1778

Conductus

Conductus - The forgotten song of the Middle Ages

  • 21 May 2015 1-2pm

While Notre Dame was being built in Paris, from 1163, the cathedral''s plainsong was elaborated as organum, and the motet brought in words and music from the outside world. By the time Beverley Minster was being built around 1220, a third form, the conductus, was also flourishing throughout western Europe. Often polyphonic, it set Latin verse, sometimes on sacred themes, sometimes satirising corrupt clergy, and combined the metrical rhythm of the motet with the rhetorical freedom of chant.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults £12.00 | Concessions £10.00 | Students £5.00

Website

http://www.ncem.co.uk/?idno=189&eventID=1780

I rage - I melt - I burn

I rage - I melt - I burn

  • 21 May 2015 7:30-9:30pm

From 18 May students from Beverley High and Beverley Grammar schools will be exploring themes from Handel through drama, composition and song. Led by
composer James Redwood, supported by the University of York Music Education Group, students will become composers, performers and directors in what we hope will be an enlightening experience for all!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults £12.00 | Concessions £5.00

Website

http://www.ncem.co.uk/?idno=189&eventID=1781

Imago Mundi

Imago Mundi

  • 22 May 2015 12:30-1:30pm

In the Renaissance era melancholy was a source of inspiration for artists who were constantly seeking equilibrium. From the darkest meanderings of their souls, within the space of a breath, their spirits were uplifted. Sufis seek out their path heavenwards aided by music and poetry. Discomfort is a source of beauty for them. In this programme, English lute song and Arabic song join hands across the miles. Music is a universal language, with the power to touch us all.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Languages

  • Arabic and English

Admission

Adults £15.00 | Concessions £13.00 | Students £5.00

Website

http://www.ncem.co.uk/?idno=189&eventID=1791

Joglaresa

Joglaresa

  • 22 May 2015 7:30-9:30pm

Tales of Robin Hood, King John, outlaws, rebels, social justice and injustice, are all interwoven with Joglaresa''s electrifying songs that challenge the supreme authority of kings, criticise the Catholic Church and highlight the lives, loves, imprisonment and taxation of ordinary folk (or barons) at the time of the Great Charter – the Magna
Carta Libertatum.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults £20.00 | Concessions £18.00 | Students £5.00

Website

http://www.ncem.co.uk/?idno=189&eventID=1783

Carole Cerasi

Carole Cerasi - Portraits in Sound

  • 22 May 2015 1-2pm

Born into the world where the aristocrat ruled supreme across France, musicians needed to maintain their paymasters' patronage through carefully chosen, flattering portraits. This fascinating collection of musical dedications illuminates a world which disappeared alongside Duphly himself who died just one day after the storming of the Bastille in Paris – the Old Régime was indeed at an end!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults £15.00 | Concessions £13.00 | Students £5.00

Website

http://www.ncem.co.uk/?idno=189&eventID=1782

Emily Smith

Emily Smith

  • 22 May 2015 7:30-10pm

TV appearances on Transatlantic Sessions and Songs Of Praise have won her additional admirers. Joined by multi-instrumentalists Jamie McClennan and Matheu Watson, and switching between accordion and keyboard herself, Emily showcases material from the new album, in which she returns to her first love of traditional song, alongside some choice covers and samples of her own highly accomplished songwriting.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£16.00 (£14.00)

Website

http://www.ncem.co.uk/?idno=189&eventID=1830

Bethany Seymour

Peter and Bethany Seymour - Madness and torment!

  • 23 May 2015 4-5pm

The idea of freedom from the torment of love and of lost love is a recurring theme. A few decades later, Handel wrote some of his most expressive and dramatic music during his time in Italy from 1706. His great collection of Italian cantatas often deal with topics such as freedom from betrayal and injustice as well as the loss of the heart's liberty and life.

This programme promises a dramatic and emotional experience!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults £15.00 | Concessions £13.00 | Students £5.00

Website

http://www.ncem.co.uk/?idno=189&eventID=1785

Eliza and Tim

Tim Eriksen and Eliza Carthy

  • 31 May 2015 7:30-10:15pm

Their new album 'Bottle', creates a unique sound mixing hardcore 'Americana' and hardcore 'Anglicana' – traditional material from both sides of the pond and featuring fiddle, electric guitar, banjo and bass drum. Eliza Carthy is one of the most engaging performers of her generation. Twice nominated for the Mercury Prize she has performed and recorded with an array of artists including Paul Weller, Richard Hawley, John Smith, Van Dyke Parks and Peggy Seeger. Tim Eriksen is acclaimed for transforming American tradition with his startling interpretations of old ballads, love songs, shape-note gospel and dance tunes from New England and Southern Appalachia.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£17.00 (£15.00)

Website

http://www.ncem.co.uk/?idno=189&eventID=1759

Mahsa and Marjan Vahdat

Mahsa and Marjan Vahdat

  • 6 June 2015 7:30-9:30pm

Accompanying themselves on plucked setar and frame drum, their voices interweave in a magical web of sound which had the audience transfixed at last year's WOMAD Festival. What's all the more remarkable given their international acclaim, is that under Iranian Islamic law they are prohibited from performing publicly at home.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Languages

  • Iranian

Admission

£13.00 (£11.00) students £5.00

Website

http://www.ncem.co.uk/?idno=189&eventID=1832

The Whispering Road

The Whispering Road

  • 12 June 2015 7:30-9:30pm

Leaping between song, music and the spoken word Serious Kitchen delivers an electrifying performance leading the audience on a fantastical journey to a land where every bird and beast has power and every encounter a deeper purpose.

The Whispering Road is brought to life with the accompaniment of traditional Scandinavian music on the Swedish nyckelharpa (keyed fiddle), kohorn (cow horn), accordion, guitar and three-part close harmony singing drawing on the rich heritage of Scandinavian myths and stories. It features Nick Hennessey's spellbinding storytelling with Vicki Swan and Jonny Dyer's renowned musicianship and their collective wealth of experience of Nordic traditional folk culture.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£13.00 (£11.00) students £5.00

Website

http://www.ncem.co.uk/?idno=189&eventID=1834

Kathakali

Kathakali - Family Concert

  • 13 June 2015 6:30-8:30pm

Kathakali is the classical dance drama of Kerala, performed in Hindu temples 500 hundred years ago, with stunning costumes, dramatic make-up and rhythmic music, Chethena Kathakali Company return to the UK direct from India to perform Hindu epic stories where good and evil battle for supremacy. This stunning production will be an unforgettable evening for the whole family.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • 7-10

Admission

Tickets £13.00, Concs £11.00, Young People £5.00, Family Ticket (2 adults and 2 young people) £28.00

Website

http://www.ncem.co.uk/?idno=189&eventID=1836

Alan Barnes

Alan Barnes and David Newton

  • 19 June 2015 7:30-9:30pm

These multi award-winners cover a vast repertoire from Louis Armstrong to Chick Corea and play with an empathy that can only come with long experience. The emphasis, as always, is on swinging, accessibility and interplay. Expect a hugely entertaining programme of straight ahead jazz flawlessly played and interspersed with lots of anecdotes.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£15.00 (£13.00) students £5.00

Jesse Bannister

Jesse Bannister’s ‘Play Out’

  • 28 June 2015 7:30-9:30pm

Jesse is a truly global artist with an international reputation for original outstanding performance. This quartet interprets Bannister's compositions with outstanding ability.
MOBO award-winning pianist Zoe Rahman's unique and intricate style coupled with Bannister's impressive technical and creative ability come together to form a formidable sound. Jesse has previously performed at the NCEM with his band SAMAY.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults £15.00 | Concessions £13.00 | Students £5.00

Website

http://www.ncem.co.uk/?idno=189&eventID=1838

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

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

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Website

www.ncem.co.uk

E-mail

info@ncem.co.uk

Telephone

General Enquiries

01904 632220

Box Office

01904 658338

Fax

01904 612631

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