National Centre for Early Music

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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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

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Roderick Williams

Hear Above the Battle's Roar

  • 31 January 2015 12:30-9:30pm *on now

A poignant reflection of the First World War through music and poetry across a day of concerts - led by Joshua Ellicott tenor, Roderick Williams bass, Nicky Losseff and Peter Seymour pianos. Highlights include some of the most extraordinarily beautiful works of the 20th century from composers including Finzi, Ireland, Butterworth and Vaughan Williams.

12.30pm From your ever-loving son
3.00pm World War 1 and pastoral echoes
7.00pm A War Legacy

Heard above the Battle's Roar:
Words and music from the First World War

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Day Tickets: £32 (Concessions £28)
12.30pm From your ever-loving son Adults £14.00 | Concessions £12.00 | Students £3.00
3.00pm World War 1 and pastoral echoes Adults £5.00 | Concessions £3.00 | Students £3.00
7.00pm A War Legacy Adults £18.00 | Concessions £16.00 | Students £5.00

Website

http://www.ncem.co.uk/?idno=721&b=d&specific=e&chosen=20150131

The Carnival Band

The Carnival Band Scandal, Sensation and Sweet Musick

  • 20 February 2015 7:30-9:30pm

Tales of roguish soldiers, glamorous royals, feisty women, brutal husbands, ghosts and dragons are set to the most hummable tunes from a golden age of English music. This exuberant and full-blooded performance of early music is fused with traditional folk and world influences and features shawm, curtal and cittern mixed with drums, guitar and bass.

This concert marks the national launch of a three-year project commissioned by the Queen's University Belfast to make recordings of 100 of the most popular ballads of the 17th century.


As part of this initiative, The Carnival Band has been working in residency with Folkestra, the Sage Gateshead's young people's folk group.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£15 (£13 concessions) £5 students

John McCusker, Mike McGoldrick and John Doyle

John McCusker, Mike McGoldrick and John Doyle

  • 4 March 2015 7:30-9:30pm

ohn McCusker's fiddle playing has earned him a reputation as one of the most gifted and versatile musicians of any genre. John has toured with Bob Dylan and Mark Knopfler and has worked with other artists including Jools Holland, Steve Earle and Paul Weller.

Regarded as one of the greatest flute players of all time, Mike McGoldrick is a founding member of Flook and Lunasa and a member of Capercaillie. Nominated for the BBC Radio 2 Folk Musician of the Year he has worked with the likes of Kate Rusby, Jim Kerr and John Cale. Guitarist, songwriter and vocalist, John Doyle has played an essential role in the renaissance of Irish traditional music. Recent musical director for Joan Baez, John is one half of the stellar duo Liz Carroll and a member of the acclaimed Irish group, Solas.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£15 (£13 concessions) £5 students

Trio Da Kali

Trio Da Kali

  • 5 March 2015 7:30-9:30pm

They revive a neglected repertoire, with songs celebrating life and love in the deep Mande countryside. The performance revolves around the voice of Hawa Kassé Mady (daughter of Kasse Mady Diabaté). While few can match the dazzling virtuosity of ensemble leader Lassana Diabaté on the balafon, Mamadou Kouyaté (son of Bassekou Kouyate who played at the NCEM in 2008) completes the line-up with punchy bass lines on the ngoni, West Africa's oldest string instrument. Since their debut at the BBC Proms in 2013 the trio has gone on to collaborate with the Kronos Quartet as well as kora maestro Toumani Diabate. They will be releasing their first EP album on World Circuit to celebrate their first UK tour.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£13 (£11) £5

Website

http://www.ncem.co.uk

The Poozies

The Poozies

  • 24 March 2015 From 7:30pm

First formed in 1990, The Poozies were pioneers from the word go, creating unusual and exciting genre-crossing arrangements. Some 25 years later, founding members Sally Barker – who was a popular finalist on BBC1's The Voice last year, but turned down a major record deal to continue working with her fellow Poozies – and Mary Macmaster remain, joined by Eilidh Shaw and Mairearad Green. With rhythmic, punching acoustic guitar, growling electro-harp, faultless fiddle, dexterous accordion and spine-tingling four-part vocal harmony, their material spans original songs, traditional Scottish and Gaelic pieces and contemporary folk and pop.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£16 (£14)

Website

http://www.ncem.co.uk

Kate Fox & Union Jill

Letting off Steam

  • 26 March 2015 7:30-9:30pm

Union Jill's soaring songs and Kate's sharp satire are knitted together with a warm helping of Yorkshire daftness. Letting off steam is having a natter over a cuppa with your best mates. It's having a rant about the things that are wrong and celebrating the things that make life better.

It's getting away from the irritations and obligations of everyday life for an evening of beautiful music, uplifting comedy and surprising stories. Come and join us- we've got the kettle on...


Kate Fox is a poet and comedian. She's been a regular on Radio 4 for the past few years on shows including Saturday Live and the Wondermentalist. She thinks this is because she's Northern and has vowels considerably flatter than her chest. She's popped up doing funny poems on BBC1 and BBC2 and been Poet in Residence for the Great North Run, Glastonbury Festival and a colostomy nurse's conference!


Union Jill are a powerful female duo who have entertained audiences across the UK with their trademark harmonies and clever lyrics. Their storytelling is punctuated with sharp wit and banter you only get from two women sharing a stage.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£9

Website

http://www.ncem.co.uk

Mariana Sadovska

Mariana Sadovska

  • 16 April 2015 7:30-9:30pm

In her performances she crosses all borders: Archaic midsummer night invocations, wedding songs and migrant chants from remote Ukrainian villages transform into contemporary sounds. Creating innovative compositions in dialogue with ancient traditions, Mariana has a powerful and impressive voice. She is joined by German percussionist and electronica specialist Christian Thomé to sing tales of love and death, despair and hope, in search of freedom and identity. Most recently Mariana has been working on a commission for the Kronos Quartet as well as being in demand as a voice teacher for Harvard University and the RSC.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Languages

  • Ukranian

Admission

£13 (£11) £5

Website

http://www.ncem.co.uk

Maddy Prior Hannah James and Giles Lewin

Maddy Prior Hannah James and Giles Lewin

  • 21 April 2015 7:30-9:30pm

Her latest album '3 For Joy' is no exception, a further exploration of the tradition that she loves. Together with new musical partners Giles Lewin (The Carnival Band) and young accordion player Hannah James, Maddy returns to perform the music of England, the British Isles and Eastern Europe – all delivered in her own unique style.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£17 (£15)

Website

http://www.ncem.co.uk

Joanna MacGregor

Joanna MacGregor

  • 24 April 2015 7:30-9:30pm

She writes: 'From the Bach preludes and Gospel songs I played as a child, through to my first jazz love – Thelonious Monk – and my first 'difficult' composer – Charles Ives; from my travels across the Deep South of the United States, and my first journeys in Latin America.' The programme for the evening includes:

J S Bach Prelude and Fugue in C BWV 846
J S Bach Prelude and Fugue in C minor BWV 847
Shostakovich Prelude and Fugue in E flat op. 87 no. 19
Shostakovich Prelude and Fugue in D flat op. 87 no. 15
Chopin Six Mazurkas
Ives The Alcotts
Thelonious Monk Monk's Point
Traditional/MacGregor Deep River
Professor Longhair Big Chief Traditional/MacGregor Ain't No Grave Gonna Hold my Body Down
Piazzolla/MacGregor Six Tangos

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£18 (£16)

Website

http://www.ncem.co.uk

Raymond Burley - Clive Carroll - John Etheridge - Gordon Giltrap

4 Parts Guitar

  • 3 May 2015 7:30-9:30pm

Interweaving their magical playing, exploring their expert knowledge and sharing their love of music, their mutual respect shines out. The music is spontaneous, exciting, and technically brilliant with Raymond Burley, Clive Carroll, John Etheridge and Gordon Giltrap all bringing their individual styles to the mix and performing individually and together. All have had previous collaborations with artists such as John Williams, Rick Wakeman, Stephane Grappelli and Cliff Richard.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£15 (£13) £5 students

Website

http://www.ncem.co.uk

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

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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

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