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.
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

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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