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.
Merit Ariane

The Girl with the Almond Eyes

  • 21 September 2015 7:30-9:30pm

Merit Ariane voice

A girl with almond eyes whispers sweet songs to her beloved under the pomegranate tree. In a garden of jasmine blossoms, a young man, his cheeks like honeydew, fills his true love's glass with wine. In a dark place, a flower has wilted, spoilt by poisonous hands.

Weaving together traditional and original songs, poems and stories, German/Egyptian singer Merit is joined by Greek/Australian storyteller Anna Conomos, Iranian qanun player Nilufar Habibian and Serbian accordionist Milos Milivojevic.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£13.00 (concs £11.00; students £5.00) And join us after
the concert for a free glass of wine and Middle Eastern delicacies.

Website

http://www.ncem.co.uk

Phil Beer

Phil Beer

  • 25 September 2015 8-9:45pm

A top flight fiddler in particular, he also performs in the all-star line-up, Feast of Fiddles. But his skills don’t stop there - he also plays slide, Spanish and tenor guitar, mandocello, viola, mandolin and South American cuatro, not to mention contributing rich vocals. In a career spanning more than 40 years, Phil has worked with artists as
diverse as Mike Oldfield, Steve Harley, The Rolling Stones and The Albion Band, and continues to develop exciting solo shows and other projects alongside his ongoing work with Steve Knightley.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£15.00 (concs £13.00)
Student Standby £5.00 tickets available
15 minutes before this concert

Website

http://www.ncem.co.uk

Kala Sangam

Vibes of Varanasi

  • 1 October 2015 7:30-9:30pm

A rare opportunity for York audiences to discover the Jaltarang – a percussive melodic
instrument played on water filled bowls which are also known as Musical Bowls. This
concert is presented by Pandit Dr. Rajeshwar Acharya, who is one of the foremost exponents of Indian classical music from the celebrated Gwalior musical lineage.

He hails from the famous city of Benares (Varanasi) of India and he is an expert in vocal, Jaltarang and Santoor - the 100 stringed dulcimer. He is accompanied by Pandit Sanju Sahai on the tabla, one of the finest and most sought after tabla players and belonging to the Benares musical lineage. A child prodigy, he gave his first tabla solo performance at a major festival in Benares at the age of nine.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£13.00 (concs £11.00; students £5.00)

Website

http://www.ncem.co.uk

Namvula

Namvula

  • 6 October 2015 7:30-9:30pm

Zambian Afro-Folk
One of the few Zambian artists performing in Europe, Namvula has shared the stage with artists including the legendary South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela and sitar
player Anoushka Shankar, before embarking on her own solo project. Dividing her time between Zambia and London, she has honed her musical profile with poise and intelligence, culminating in the recent release of her well-received debut album, ‘Shiwezwa’.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£13.00 (concs £11.00; students £5.00)

Website

http://www.ncem.co.uk

YTO

A Jumpin' Night in the Garden of Eden

  • 12 October 2015 7:30-9pm

(director Michal Goldman, USA 1988, 80”)

In Goldman’s documentary, two groups – Kapelye and Boston's Klezmer Conservatory
Band recover the lost history of Klezmer music. This vigorous and soulful music was
part of Jewish life in Eastern Europe where musicians learned hundreds of tunes by ear
and were open to Gypsy, Ukrainian and Greek melodies. These two bands were at the
forefront of the Klezmer revival and much of the music’s popularity is due to their
pioneering work.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£7.00 (£3.00 if booking for the
Yiddish Twist Orchestra at the same time)

Website

http://www.ncem.co.uk

YTO

Yiddish Twist Orchestra

  • 13 October 2015 7:30-9:30pm

In the late 50s and early 60s London was home to 'der shvitz', the most deliriously danceable music of all – a hallucinating mix of surf rock guitar, West Indian calypso, mambo, skiffle and Jewish folk melodies. When it crossed the Atlantic in diluted form as the Twist, the music's roots remained largely forgotten. This one-off cultural collision, paying homage to its beatnik founder Willy Bergman, lost hero of the sex 'n' drugs British music revolution, got the slums – and salons – on both sides of the water dancing to the pounding Yiddish beat. The Yiddish Twist Orchestra released its debut album ‘Let’s’ earlier this year to wide critical acclaim.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£17.00 (concs £15.00; students £5.00)

Website

http://www.ncem.co.uk

Martin Carthy & Dave Swarbrick

Martin Carthy & Dave Swarbrick

  • 19 October 2015 7:30-9:30pm

Today Martin and Swarb combine the innovative fervour of their early days with the depth of understanding which comes from a lifetime spent working with traditional music. Along the way have been bands such as Fairport Convention and Steeleye Span, Whippersnapper and Waterson:Carthy, amongst dozens of other projects which have entertained and inspired generations of listeners and players. Enjoy an evening of hot instrumentals and subtly sung and accompanied classic songs from two absolute masters of the art.

Admission

£17.00 (concs £15.00) Student Standby £5.00 tickets available 15 minutes before this concert

Website

http://www.ncem.co.uk

The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments

The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments

  • 30 October 2015 7:30-8:45pm

Although Francis Bacon, the 17th century philosopher, statesman and visionary, is widely regarded as the father of modern science, his investigations into the nature of sound are little known.

Sound House explores some of the seemingly magical and musical phenomena that Bacon sought to explain.

Playing some extraordinary instruments, including the ancient two-metre-long tromba marina, and the little known viola bastarda, The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments will present music of the 17th century within a modern context of newly composed pieces, exploring the astonishing aural effects and illusions that so intrigued our 17th century forebears.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£13.00 (concs £11.00; students £5.00)

Website

http://www.ncem.co.uk

i Flautisti

i Flautisti - Swinging Safari Concert

  • 1 November 2015 12-1pm

Jitka Konecná, Kerstin Kubitschek
Ilona Veselovská Doris Lindner

This performance will carry the audience through centuries of recorder music, from the
renaissance period up until music that was only recently written for the group. Fascinating music played on over 20 different recorders from the soprano to the long contra bass!

Suitable for

  • 7-10

Admission

£7.00 (£5.00 young people) Family and Friends Tickets £20.00 (2 adults and 2 young people)

Website

http://www.ncem.co.uk

I Flautisti

i Flautisti - Workshop

  • 1 November 2015 10-11am

Take part in the i Flautisti workshop to find out more about different types of recorders, their history and explore some contemporary playing techniques! Recorder players must have at least one year’s experience.

Suitable for

  • 7-10

Admission

£3

Vespertine logo moth

The Silk Roads

  • 11 November 2015 6-7:30pm

Recognised as one of the most dynamic areas of the City of York with some of the most eclectic shops and a delicious range of foods from Poland to Thailand, from India to Italy, this free event embraces this cultural mix and weaves it all together in a colourful trail of musical performances and visual art. Come along to the NCEM for the musical finale, presented in association with students from the University of York St John.

This event is presented by Vespertine – a series of free monthly, twilight events, happenings and performances, hosted in some of York’s most intriguing and beautiful spaces.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vespertineyork.com

Clive Gregson & Liz Simcock

Clive Gregson & Liz Simcock

  • 13 November 2015 7:30-9:30pm

First coming to notice in 1980 with pop band Any Trouble, Clive Gregson went on to form a ground-breaking partnership with singer Christine Collister that Rolling Stone called ‘the state of the art in British folk-rock’. Between 1985 and 1992 they released five acclaimed albums and toured worldwide. Her distinctive voice allied to his songs and his instrumental and production skills created something truly special.

Thirty years down the road, Clive now revisits the classic Gregson & Collister repertoire, having found the perfect vocal foil in Liz Simcock, herself an established singer-songwriter. ‘I’m looking forward to performing some songs that I haven't played for a very long time’, he says.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£14.00 (concs £12.00) Student Standby £5.00 tickets available 15 minutes before this concert

Website

http://www.ncem.co.uk

Dennis Rollins

Dennis Rollins Velocity Trio

  • 15 November 2015 7:30-9:30pm

Dennis Rollins trombone
Ross Stanley organ Pedro Segundo drums
Featuring music from ‘Symbiosis’ – a progressive follow-up to their debut album ‘The 11th Gate’ – this album draws together the Trio’s collective influences incorporating straight-ahead and avant-garde jazz, fused with tinges of rock and generous helpings of hard-funk. For 25 years trombonist Dennis Rollins has played at the forefront of UK jazz, funk and pop and was the founder/bandleader of Badbone & Co. He also accompanied some of the jazz/funk greats including Maceo Parker, Courtney Pine and pop personalities such as Jamiroquai, Blur and Tom Jones.

A multi-award winner, Rollins’ Velocity Trio was voted ‘Band of the Year‘ in
the Jazz Yorkshire Awards in 2012 and the British Trombone Society awarded
him ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Trombone’ in 2013.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£15.00 (concs £13.00; students £5.00)

Website

http://www.ncem.co.uk

Andy Sheppard

Andy Sheppard Quartet

  • 22 November 2015 7:30-9:30pm

Sheppard has composed over 350 works that incorporate a strong and characteristic sense of lyricism alongside a very personal use of rhythms from Asia, Africa and South America.

Regarded as a serial collaborator, he has worked with musicians from many different genres including pianist Joanna McGregor, Northumbrian piper Kathryn Tickell, tabla player Kuljit Bhamra, guitarist John Parricelli and singer-songwriter John Martyn. Sheppard is one of very few soloists to have played in the big bands of all three of the greatest post-war jazz composers, Carla Bley, George Russell and Gil Evans.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£18.00 (concs £16.00)

Website

http://www.ncem.co.uk

Blazin’ Fiddles

Blazin’ Fiddles

  • 23 November 2015 7:30-9:30pm

Over the last fifteen years no other band has quite so well captured the excitement, passion and sensitivity of modern Scottish instrumental music. Enjoy the regional expressions and individual styles of each fiddler – Inverness’ Bruce MacGregor, Shetlander Jenna Reid, Nairn’s Rua Macmillan and Orcadian Kristan Harvey – in a blend of ensemble and solo sets. Their fiddles and bows come alight atop the subtle guitar of Anna Massie and Angus Lyon’s deft keyboard, delivering a musically intoxicating evening for all.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£16.00 (concs £14.00) Student Standby £5.00 tickets available 15 minutes before this concert

Website

http://www.ncem.co.uk

Söndörgö

Söndörgö

  • 24 November 2015 7:30-9:30pm

Building from delicate filigree patterns of intertwining strings to dazzling displays of furious fingerwork, Söndörgö brings a vigorous virtuosity to its fresh interpretations of Hungarian folk music. At the core of their sound is the tambura, a mandolin-like instrument in many sizes, embellished through multi-instrumental skills on assorted wind instruments and accordion.

The band has been together for over 20 years with brothers Aron, Benjamin and Salamon teaming up with cousin David and high-school pal Attila in 1995. They've been celebrating their impressive musicianship ever since, gathering international
momentum over five albums – the latest aptly titled ‘Tamburocket’ -– and perfecting the art of bringing audiences to their feet with simply brilliant acoustic folk music.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Languages

  • Hungarian

Admission

£13.00 (concs £11.00; students £5.00)

Website

http://www.ncem.co.uk

Stan Sulzmann saxophone & Nikki Illes piano

Stan Sulzmann saxophone & Nikki Illes piano

  • 27 November 2015 7:30-9:30pm

But for all of the original cutting-edge music that these two outstanding instrumentalists have played, it is the love of the standard jazz repertoire that brings them together for their new album, ‘Stardust’. The evening will be a celebration of song and will include classics including Body and Soul, Young and Foolish and, of course, Stardust.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£13.00 (concs £11.00; students £5.00)

Website

http://www.ncem.co.uk

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

Crazy Creatures

Crazy Creatures

  • 13 December 2015 11am-12pm, 1:30-2:30pm

Ensemble 360 and Polly Ives, narrator

This concert brings to life two brilliant children's stories ‘The Duck With No Luck' and 'A Cat Called Scratch' by Jonathan Long with music written by Paul Rissmann, award-winning Children’s Composer in Residence at Music in the Round in Sheffield. With lots of audience participation, fabulous image projections from the books and brilliant playing from wonderful musicians, this concert will delight all generations in equal measure.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • 5-6

Admission

£6.00 (£2.00 young people) Family and Friends Tickets £12.00 (2 adults and 2 young people)

Website

http://www.ncem.co.uk

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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

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