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.

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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.
Cigdem Aslan

Çiğdem Aslan

  • 26 September 2014 7:30-9:30pm

Istanbul-born singer Aslan, performs in many languages including Turkish, Kurdish, Greek, Bulgarian, Roma and Ladino. Çiğdem is now known as a rising star in the revival of rebetiko – the bitter-sweet, devil-may-care songs, sung in hash dens and café aman music houses of Athens, Piraeus and Istanbul in the turbulent 1920s and also performs with the award-winning klezmer band She'Koyokh.

With character, charm and emotion, she takes audiences on a journey; with passion and humour she opens the door on old songs, which speak about life, love, hopes and struggles of everyday people. She is joined by an ensemble of top-class musicians as she revisits past times to make these songs seem as fresh and relevant as if they had been composed yesterday.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Languages

  • Turkish
  • Greek

Admission

£13 (concessions £11) Students £5

Website

http://www.ncem.co.uk/?idno=189&eventID=1745

Martin Simpson

Martin Simpson

  • 4 October 2014 7:30-9:30pm

More than 40 years a professional musician and with an amazing 29 Folk Award nominations under his belt, Martin is playing and singing better than ever. Acknowledged as one of the finest acoustic guitarists in the business, and no mean banjo player either, he interprets British and American traditional songs as masterpieces of storytelling, while his own songwriting produces a stream of gems. Whether it is old-time music, blues, a Dylan cover, a classic ballad or one of his own songs, Martin's solo shows are intense, eclectic, spellbinding and deeply moving events, not to be missed.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£18 (concessions £16)

Website

http://www.ncem.co.uk/?idno=189&eventID=1715

Duo Seated

Juan Martín presents: 2 Guitarras Malagueñas with Chaparro de Málaga

  • 13 October 2014 7:30-9pm

Melodic and explosive, their pieces evoke the power of authentic flamenco in a musical dialogue. Audiences will be transported to the Classic Spain of Málaga, Granada, Córdoba and Jerez on a journey through the diverse cultures of Andalucia from the Moorish laments to the sounds returning from South America. The duo will also perform arrangements of the Malagueñas of Lecuona and other classic pieces.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£18 (concessions £16)

Website

http://www.ncem.co.uk/?idno=189&eventID=1706

Tibetan Monks

Tashi Lhunpo Tibetan Monks The Power of Compassion

  • 16 October 2014 7:30-9:30pm

Tibetan monks bring a moving and inspirational insight into the world of sacred music and monastic dance from the contemplative, mesmerising chant of Buddhist texts and mantras to the majestic brocade-costumed masked dances. Ancient musical instruments from the Tibetan Tantric tradition are used including the conch-shell trumpet, horns made from human leg bones, skull-drums and meditation bells, while the powerful sound of the majestic dungchen or long horns is accompanied by cymbals, bells and drums, evoking the atmosphere of sacred Tibet and an opportunity to experience a unique endangered culture.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£13 (concessions £11 students £5)

Website

http://www.ncem.co.uk/?idno=189&eventID=1723

Ross and Jarlath

Ross Ainslie & Jarlath Henderson

  • 20 October 2014 7:30-9:30pm

Playing border pipes, whistle and cittern, Ross Ainslie (BBC Young Folk finalist 2002) is one of Scotland's finest traditional musicians and composers, while Jarlath from Tyrone (Young Folk winner 2003) is an outstanding Uilleann piper who also plays whistle and flute and sings. They have performed with Treacherous Orchestra (Ross), Capercaillie (Jarlath) and Salsa Celtica (both) and made their duo debut in 2008 with a ground-breaking fusion of Scottish and Irish pipes which garnered major critical acclaim. Their second album earned them a Folk Awards 2014 Best Duo nomination and aided by Ali Hutton on guitar, they now bring their distinctive pan-Celtic music to York.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£14 (concession £12)

Website

http://www.ncem.co.uk/?idno=189&eventID=1725

Kala Sangam

Dance Divine

  • 30 October 2014 7:30-9:30pm

As part of the Illuminating York Festival, the NCEM is delighted to welcome Bradford-based Kala Sangam for an evening of South Asian music and dance reflecting Diwali - the Hindu Festival of Lights. Story teller/dancer Shrikant Subramaniam is joined by dancer Nrithya Rammohan and multi-talented musician Vijay Venkat in a striking performance unveiling the story of the divine presence of sunlight in the life of a common man, capturing the importance of the Sun as a female energy and her deification as a divine cosmic being.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£13 (concessions £11 students £5)

Website

http://www.ncem.co.uk/?idno=189&eventID=1746

SnakeStrings

SnakeStrings Live

  • 1 November 2014 7:30-9:30pm

A ground-breaking collaboration between Snake Davis and the outstanding Solo Players String Quartet in a fresh and innovative crossover of classical, pop, soul and jazz. Expect tunes ranging from 'River Deep Mountain High' and 'A Little Respect' to self penned numbers to classics from Albinoni, Faure and Bach.

One of the UK's foremost saxophonists, Snake has worked with the likes of Sir Paul McCartney, M-People and The Eurythmics. He explores the emotive and uplifting registers of tenor, alto and soprano sax, shakuhachi and wood flute, in a glorious classical/soul fusion.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£18 (concessions £16)

Website

http://www.ncem.co.uk/?idno=189&eventID=1705

Chris While and Julie Matthews

Chris While and Julie Matthews with special guest Edwina Hayes

  • 2 November 2014 7:30-9:30pm

Hailed as one of the best acoustic duos on the folk roots scene, Chris and Julie are breathtaking singers, songwriters and musicians whose energy and commitment to their craft and their audience is boundless.

The songs cover life as they see it, from the industrial wastelands of the north, to injustice and freedom, matters of the heart and everything in between, while as stage performers they are unrivalled. Their eight BBC Folk Award nominations neatly sum up their talents, including Best Duo, Best Song and Best Live Act.

They are joined tonight by special guest, angelic singer and gifted songwriter Edwina Hayes.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£15 (concessions £13)

Website

http://www.ncem.co.uk/?idno=189&eventID=1726

David Rees Williams Trio

David Rees-Williams Trio

  • 8 November 2014 7:30-9:30pm

This programme unites the best of classical and jazz. David began his musical career as a chorister at New College Oxford and went on to study at the Royal College of Music. He formed the Trio in 1988, which has since performed concerts in a diverse selection of festivals in the UK, Europe, the United States and Barbados. The thrust of the Trio's repertoire is always melodic and works from Chopin, Bach, Greig, Purcell, Ravell and Elgar are combined with pieces by Stanford, Warlock, Buxtehude and Bossi. Every piece is individual and is moulded with excitement, passion and melodious intensity.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£13 (concessions £11 students £5)

Pascuala Ilabaca

Pascuala Ilabaca and Fauna

  • 23 November 2014 7:30-9:30pm

Accordionist/Chilean singer, Pascuala Ilabaca is a true hidden gem. A favourite on the new scene of young Chilean singer-songwriters, her music is rooted in traditional sounds but effortlessly integrates shades of jazz, pop and rock, and influences gathered from India and Mexico. Accompanied by her formidable band Fauna, her unique stage presence conjures up sweetness and empowerment, setting her songs alive with both fragility and verve. Picking up the legacy of the great Violeta Parra, her biggest inspiration, this engaging young artist from the colourful port city of Valparaiso already has a big following at home in Chile and is now striding out confidently to conquer the rest of the world.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£13 (concessions £11 students £5)

Website

http://www.ncem.co.uk/?idno=189&eventID=1748

Nancy Kerr and The Sweet Visitor Band

Nancy Kerr and The Sweet Visitor Band

  • 26 November 2014 7:30-9:30pm

Singer and violinist Nancy Kerr presents songs from her much anticipated solo debut, Sweet Visitor. Well established as a leading interpreter of traditional material (with such as Eliza Carthy, The Full English and The Melrose Quartet), Nancy has recently emerged as a new song writer of rare style, using folk mythology as a backdrop for contemporary narratives about love and conflict, migration, hardship and jubilation, and the tensions between rural and urban life. Joining her on stage is husband James Fagan, with whom she has twice won BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, together with Tom Wright (Albion Band, Park Bench Social Club), Tim Yates (Blackbeard's Tea Party, Albion Band) and Rowan Rheingans (Lady Maisery).

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£15 (concessions £13)

Website

http://www.ncem.co.uk/?idno=189&eventID=1727

Claire Martin and the Montpellier Cello Quartet

Claire Martin and the Montpellier Cello Quartet

  • 30 November 2014 7:30-9:30pm

Presenter of BBC Radio 3's Jazz Line-Up and jazz vocalist, Claire joins the Brighton based Montpellier Cello Quartet, in an exciting new venture which combines her love of the Great American Songbook and popular classics with brand new arrangements especially commissioned by internationally renowned composers including Sir Richard Rodney Bennet, Mark Anthony Turnage and Geoffrey Keezer. This chamber-jazz adventure promises to be a magical fusion that brings a new sonic perspective to songs such as Kurt Weills' 'My Ship', Thelonious Monk's 'Round Midnight' and Lennon and McCartneys' 'She's Leaving Home'.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£15 (concessions £13 students £5)

Website

http://www.ncem.co.uk/?idno=189&eventID=1630

Alec Dankworth

Alec Dankworth - World Spirit

  • 3 December 2014 7:30-9:30pm

Formed out of Alec''s love of music from the Iberian peninsula, World Spirit crosses the Straits of Gibraltar into Africa and beyond. He has worked with artists as diverse as Stephane Grappelli, Abdullah Ibrahim, Van Morrison and currently Ginger Baker. His group explores melodies from Africa, South America and other continents from a jazz perspective. With tunes by Duke Ellington, Bela Flek, Antonio-Carlos Jobim, Abdullah Ibrahim and WC Handy originating from Ireland, Venezuela, Bulgaria, South Africa, Mali and Brazil, World Spirit offers an evening of global song and improvisation.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£13 (concession £11 student £5)

Website

http://www.ncem.co.uk/?idno=189&eventID=1749

Forro Porro

Forro Porro

  • 4 December — 4 November 2014

Forro Porro specialises in South American fiesta sounds – Brazilian Forro and Colombian Vallenato, Porro and Cumbia – driving accordion and drum music that raises the spirits and features accordion, zabumba and timbal drums, triangle, sax, flute and clarinet. The band members have performed alongside some of the top names in Jazz, Folk and World Music and at many of the UK''s major festivals including Musicport, Swaledale, Beverley Folk and Bridlington Arts Festivals. The group recently released their debut CD 'North by Northeast'.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£13 (concessions £11 students £5)

Website

http://www.ncem.co.uk/?idno=189&eventID=1750

La Serenissima

La Serenissima

  • 5 December 2014 7:30-9:30pm

Adrian Chandler violin and director Mhairi Lawson soprano
Vivaldi: The Red Priest
Concerto for strings & continuo in D, RV 123
Concerto per il Santissimo Natale for violin,
strings & continuo in E, RV 270
Motet In turbato mare irato for soprano,
strings & continuo, RV 627
Concerto Madrigalesco for strings & continuo in d, RV 129
Motet Sum in medio tempestatum for soprano,
strings & continuo, RV 632
Concerto for violin, strings & continuo in G, RV 307

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall
University of York
Heslington,
YO10 5DD
England

Admission

Reserved Seating: £24 (Concessions £22, students £5)

Website

http://www.ncem.co.uk/?idno=189&eventID=6

University of Huddersfield Chamber Choir & Early Music Ensemble

  • 6 December 2014 3-4pm

Ave maris stella

Renaissance music in praise of the Virgin Mary, including excerpts from Josquin's Missa Ave maris stella, and settings of Ave Regina caelorum by Lassus, Palestrina and Andrea Gabrieli, interspersed with instrumental pieces based on Ave maris stella by Stoltzer and Festa and elegant Italian dance music.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

St Olave's Church
Marygate
York
YO30 7BZ
England

Admission

£12 (concessions £10, students £5)

Website

http://www.ncem.co.uk/?idno=189&eventID=7

Yorkshire Bach Choir and Yorkshire Baroque Soloists

Yorkshire Bach Choir and Yorkshire Baroque Soloists

  • 6 December 2014 7-9:30pm

Mhairi Lawson soprano
Sally Bruce-Payne alto
Matthew Long tenor
Peter Harvey bass
Peter Seymour conductor

Handel: Messiah
Handel's Messiah is essential listening for the Christmas season. Yorkshire Bach Choir's ever popular and highly-regarded performance, with their always outstanding team of soloists and regular partners Yorkshire Baroque Soloists, is certainly not to be missed.

'YBC is a top notch choir, tempos bright & pacy!' BBC Radio 3

'YBS - technically immaculate, bringing vitality and vivacity to the score.' Yorkshire Post

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

St Michael le Belfrey Church
High Petergate
York
YO1 7EN
England

Admission

£24 (£22 concessions, £5 student standby)

Elizabeth Kenny

Theatre of the Ayre

  • 7 December 2014 7:30-9:30pm

CHRISTMAS BY CANDLELIGHT
Theatre of the Ayre
Pamela Thorby, Catherine Latham, Merlin Harrison recorders
Elizabeth Kenny guitar, theorbo

Purcell: The Lost Recordings
Suites from Dioclesian, King Arthur, The Fairy Queen and The Indian Queen.

For half a century (1680-1730, give or take) sets of recorders provided many English musicians with their main means of access to modern orchestral compositions and to ultra-fashionable opera. Parts labelled tenor or bass recorder are extremely rare but the instruments themselves survive in surprising numbers. Theatre of the Ayre brings this hidden consort repertoire back to life alongside a seasonal splash of colour including Corelli's Christmas Concerto in a recorder transcription published by John Walsh around 1725, and a selection of Noëls by Marc-Antoine Charpentier.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£20 (concessions £18, students £5)

Website

http://www.ncem.co.uk/?idno=189&eventID=1732

Pamela Thorby

A Workshop for Recorder Players - led by Pamela Thorby

  • 7 December 2014 10:30am-3pm

A rare opportunity to explore some of the music written in 18th-century England for recorders led by one of the finest 21st-century players in the business! Participants will work in groups of three or four on Purcell pieces selected from Ayres for the Theatre and (optionally) on the Schickhardt concertos for four trebles.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£20 (students and observers £15) including music and light refreshments

Website

http://www.ncem.co.uk/?idno=189&eventID=1731

Belina Sykes

Joglaresa

  • 8 December 2014 7:30-9:30pm

CHRISTMAS BY CANDLELIGHT

Merriment & Misrule
Turn your Christmas upside down with the lords and ladies of misrule - sparring fidels, duelling percussion and soaring voices.

The rebellious Joglaresa bring their sparkling subversion to Yuletide – amongst Medieval, Tudor and folk carols they perform medieval parodies celebrating wine and ale – Vinum bonum and Bring Us in Good Ale; songs from the 16th century Piae Cantiones – Angelus emittitur and Personent hodie, and their very own version of The Bore's Heed in Hande bear I.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£20 (concessions £18, students £5) Including mince pies and mulled wine

Website

http://www.ncem.co.uk/?idno=189&eventID=1733

The Mellstock Band

The Mellstock Band

  • 9 December 2014 7:30-9:30pm

CHRISTMAS BY CANDLELIGHT

The Christmas Hearth:
A Costumed Show with Early Instruments, Song and Spoken Word

For over twenty years The Mellstock Band has been entertaining audiences across the country. This winter they celebrate all things comfortable by inviting you to their Christmas fireside to enjoy a seasonal mix of jovial songs, stirring dance music and haunting carols linked together by carefully selected readings which tell the story of Christmas celebrations in a 19th-century English village. Better than a bowl of hot punch!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£20 (concessions £18, students £5) Includes mince pies and mulled wine.

Website

http://www.ncem.co.uk/?idno=189&eventID=1734

Renaissance

  • 10 December 2014 7:30-9:30pm

A Hymn of the Nativity
Christmas music by the Tudor Greats, William Byrd and Thomas Tallis, set alongside earlier carols of the medieval period and festive works of the 20th and 21st centuries, inspired by these 16th- century gems and woven together with the Advent Antiphons of the Salisbury Rite.

''Renaissance is one of the most exciting young a cappella groups to have set out its stall in recent years. Not only do they have all the now-normal attributes of good blend and tuning, they sing with unusual musicianship and understanding. An ensemble to watch.'' Peter Phillips, The Tallis Scholars

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

All Saints' Church
North Street
York
YO1 5JD

Admission

£12 (concessions £10, students £5)

Website

http://www.ncem.co.uk/?idno=189&eventID=3

Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment

Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment

  • 12 December 2014 8:30-9:30pm

Chamber Music for a Winter's Evening
Join us for a festive evening of baroque chamber music including music by one of England's most feted composers, Henry Purcell. The concert will be presented from the stage by the musicians of the OAE.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£10 (concessions £8, students £5)

Website

http://www.ncem.co.uk/?idno=189&eventID=4

OAE

Watercycle Community Concert Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

  • 13 December 2014 6:30-8:30pm

Audiences from all walks of life are invited to this special community concert. After a journey through some popular (and water themed!) highlights of the baroque era including movements from Handel's 'Water Music' and Vivaldi's 'Four Seasons', the concert takes a local turn as the players are joined by singers and instrumentalists from across the region in a 'Concerto for York' specially written for the occasion. Guests include the NCEM's Minster Minstrels; the Castaway Goole Sloop Group and Community Choir and students from York College. For our grand finale we would like to invite our audience to join us in singing our uplifting song 'Watercycle' - a truly entertaining way to celebrate the cycle of life!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£10 (concessions £8 students £3)

Website

http://www.ncem.co.uk/?idno=189&eventID=1751

Pitter Patter Rain Drops - TOTS 1 & 2

  • 13 December 2014 10:30-11:15am, 12-12:45pm

A concert by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment for children aged 2 – 5 and their families. These lively and interactive concerts for the very youngest of music lovers come to York for the first time. A fantastic opportunity to introduce young people to the wonderful world of classical music.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6

Admission

£6 (tots £2) Family Ticket £12 (2 adults and 2 tots)

Website

http://www.ncem.co.uk/?idno=721&b=d&specific=e&chosen=20141213

Stile Antico

Stile Antico

  • 14 December 2014 6:30-9:30pm

A Wondrous Mystery

Stile Antico's new Christmas programme is a delightful mixture of the formal and the informal, of sophisticated polyphony and folk-like dances. Alongside a glorious, richlyscored Christmas mass by the Flemish composer Clemens non Papa, Stile Antico performs traditional old-German carols and motets, many of them still familiar today. Amongst the highlights are Eccard's infectiously joyful Übers Gebirg Maria geht and Praetorius' double-choir Magnificat, which includes the carols In dulci jubilo and Josef lieber, Josef mein. Based on the same Josef lieber melody, and neatly joining the two strands of the programme, is Resonet in laudibus by the Flemish-born, Germanresident master Orlandus Lassus. An irresistibly festive performance!

The festival is delighted to welcome Stile Antico back to York 10 years after winning the Friends of York Early Music Festival prize at the 2005 International Young Artists Competition. What a decade it has proved to be!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall
University of York
Heslington
York
YO10 5DD
England

Admission

£24 (concessions £22, students £5)

Website

http://www.ncem.co.uk/?idno=189&EventID=1736&StyleID=1&thisMonth=12&thisDay=14&thisYear=2014&Window=Same

Stile Antico

A Workshop for Singers with Stile Antico

  • 14 December 2014 10:30am-3pm

Flemish and German Music for Christmas
As a preliminary to their evening concert, members of Stile Antico join us to direct a workshop for singers (all voices, tenors particularly welcome) featuring the rich repertoire of music for Christmas from the Flemish and German traditions. Music for the day will be provided and repertoire will include Clemens non Papa's Missa Pastores quidnam vidistis and a selection of old-German Christmas carols.

Participants should have reasonable sight reading skills and online practice material will be available via the NCEM website from October. The workshop will conclude with an informal public performance at 3.00pm – no tickets required.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£15 (students and observers £10) including music and light refreshments.

Website

http://www.ncem.co.uk/?idno=189&EventID=1724&StyleID=1&thisMonth=12&thisDay=14&thisYear=2014&Window=Same

Blast from the Past

A Medieval Christmas with Blast From The Past

  • 17 December 2014 7:30-9:30pm

Following their enjoyable Victorian Christmas show here in 2012, acclaimed historical entertainers Sophie Matthews, Chris Green and Steph West now delve further back in time. Presenting medieval festive songs played on authentic instruments such as cittern, bagpipes and shawm, as well as costumed stories and dramas, they promise a light-hearted evening sure to warm the hearts of young and old alike by recapturing the simple Christmas pleasures of music and song, tales, mirth and fellowship.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£12 (concession £10 under 18's £5)

Website

http://www.ncem.co.uk/?idno=189&eventID=1728

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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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