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February Photo credit Benjamin Ealovega

Saturday 5 February | 10.30am onwards

English Song Day A celebration of song settings in English from both sides of the Atlantic with Yvonne Seymour soprano, Jason Darnell tenor, Roderick Williams bass, Christopher Glynn & Peter Seymour piano and Ian Partridge A day of concerts and workshops celebrating English and American song by Copland and Barber and by Vaughan Williams and Butterworth with highlights including On Wenlock Edge and 12 Poems of Emily Dickinson. Finishing with music of a lighter vein by Sullivan, Coward, Weill and Sondheim. Roderick Williams

Events take place throughout the day. Tickets for all events: £40.00 (concessions £35.00) Individual tickets also available

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Friday 11 February | 7.30pm

Steve Knightley A solo appearance by the songwriting force behind Show of Hands, widely acclaimed as the finest acoustic roots band in England. Steve is renowned for his strong narrative songs reflecting life in his native West Country, while he also pulls no punches in writing highly literate numbers about bigger national and global issues: classics such as ‘Country Life’, ‘Roots’ and ‘Arrogance, Ignorance and Greed’. A charismatic performer with a great voice, he plays guitar, mandocello and a host of other instruments. Steve's special guest is the young Devonian singer Jim Causley (Devil's Interval, Mawkin Causley), performing some of his own songs and doing some duets with Steve as well. ‘One of England’s greatest singer songwriters’ Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2 Promoted in association with The Black Swan Folk Club Tickets £16.00 (concessions £14.00) Book Tickets Now... Box Office 01904 658338



February Saturday 19 February | 7.30pm

Saturday 26 February | 7.30pm

Lo Còr de la Plana

Denys Baptiste

Occitan Vocal Groves: witty, funky and irresistible

The dynamic, award-winning saxophonist, Denys Baptiste, brings his celebrated quartet to York to perform repertoire from his sensational new Dune Music album ‘Identity By Subtraction’ – his first album release since 'Let Freedom Ring!' was Jazzwise magazine's 2003 Album of the Year. Pianist Andrew McCormack, double bassist Gary Crosby and drummer Rod Youngs offer Baptiste the perfect setting for his fiery solo improvisations among the tight ensemble playing of this formidable and highly intuitive band. ‘Identity By Subtraction is a robust and absorbing statement from one of the UK’s finest young saxophonists.......showing he is back for business and in fine form’ Jazzwise

Six a capella singers from Marseille demonstrate their skill accompanied by an array of percussion instruments. A police siren, a newborn baby, a fantasy paradise, a drunken party, sheep, wolves… all of life’s dramas have a place in their witty, humorous and very funky songs.


£15.00 (concessions £13.00)

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March April Thursday 17 March | 7.30pm

Monday 11 April | 7.30pm

‘It don’t mean a thing’ Spiers & Boden I Fagiolini’s 25th birthday cocktail

directed by Robert Hollingworth I Fagiolini has been bringing the best of early music to audiences for 25 years and joined forces with the NCEM as it celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2010 to create a remarkable new work by Orlando Gough, combining the music of 16th century Flemish composer de Wert with the poetry of the flamboyant Torquato Tasso – who was inspired by the music of Monteverdi but ended up in a mental asylum with delusions that he was to be murdered. The concert is a glorious mix of Renaissance madrigals with a 21st century twist.

Ten years together and twice winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Duo, John Spiers and Jon Boden have made the genre of spontaneous, punky English folk very much their own stomping ground. Whether on their own or with Bellowhead, they are loud and proud at the forefront of 21st century folk. With just a few acoustic instruments (Boden’s fiddle, guitar and foot percussion, Spiers’ melodeon and concertina) they create a multitude of textures around an inspired choice of traditional story songs and dance tunes. ‘The finest instrumental duo on the traditional scene’ The Guardian Promoted in association with The Black Swan Folk Club Tickets £14.00 (concessions £12.00)

Spiers & Boden

Commissioned with support from the PRS for Music Foundation ‘... the start of a 21st century madrigal re-Renaissance!’ The Times Tickets £17.00 (concessions £15.00) Friday 1 April | 7.30pm

Paul Baxter Trio Paul Baxter double bass, composer Johnny Tomlinson piano Kristoffer Wright drums ‘Eyes Shut Tight’ is the latest project by Paul Baxter. This most sophisticated and skilful group, comprised of some of the British jazz scenes rising stars, will be performing music from their debut album 'Evolution'. An impressive combination of great improvisation and strong melodic compositions, reminiscent of EST and Avishai Cohen. Tickets £8.00 (concessions £6.00)

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April Thursday 14 April | 7.30pm

Saturday 30 April | 7.30pm

Heidi Talbot

Snake Davis Band

Heidi Talbot’s 2008 CD, ‘In Love and Light’, propelled her into the spotlight and set her on a path that celebrated her traditional influences. Heidi has toured extensively with Eddi Reader and Drever-McCusker-Woomble. Her new album, ‘The Last Star’, produced by John McCusker, which has received considerable praise, has been nominated for two BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for best ‘Traditional Track’ for Willy Taylor and ‘Folk Singer Of The Year’.

Snake Davis saxophones, flute, shakuhachi, whistle Simon Goulding bass Ali Thynne drums Paul Birchall keyboards

‘A voice that’s both awestruck and tender’ The New York Times Tickets £13.00 (concessions £11.00; students £5.00)

Top British soul jazz and funk saxophonist Snake Davis makes a welcome return to the NCEM with his band featuring material from his eight CDs and playing an array of instruments including the ancient Japanese wind instrument, the Shakuhachi. Widely known for his solos on tracks such as Lisa Stansfield’s ‘Change’, M-Peoples ‘Search For A Hero’ and Take That’s ‘A Million Love Songs’, he has played and recorded with artists ranging from James Brown to Paul McCartney, The Eurythmics to Amy Winehouse – having recorded more than 400 tracks in recent years for over 60 artists and played live with dozens more. Tickets £17.00 (concessions £15.00)



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May Saturday 7 May | 10.30am onwards

Tuesday 10 May | 7.30pm

The Grand Tour

Sleeping Beauty & Alcestis

Baroque Day with Compagnia d’Istrumenti, University of York Baroque Ensemble and vocal chamber groups. We are delighted to welcome the University of York back to the NCEM for their annual baroque day – capturing the essence of the European Grand Tour in the 17th and 18th centuries. Concerts take place as follows: 10.30am

Paris: Charpentier, Couperin and Rameau


London: Purcell and Handel


Venice: Monteverdi, Banchieri and Gabrieli


Leipzig: JS Bach and Telemann

Tickets for all events £40.00 (concessions £35.00)

Individual tickets also available For full details visit Promoted in association with

Daniel Morden storyteller Oliver Wilson-Dickson violin Dylan Fowler guitar Forget the panto kitsch – Sleeping Beauty is a powerful tale of death and rebirth. In this magical performance, awardwinning storyteller Daniel Morden breathes new life into one of our most haunting stories. Telling Sleeping Beauty alongside the beautiful Greek myth of Alcestis, and underscoring the tales with heartstopping live music, Daniel, Oliver and Dylan conjure timeless images in the mind and stir deep emotions in the heart. Oliver and Dylan recently visited the NCEM as part of The Téa Hodzic Trio. This show is not suitable for children under 12 ‘Moving, passionate and vital’ The Times Tickets £10.00 (concessions £8.00; students £5.00) Book Tickets Now... Box Office 01904 658338



May Saturday 14 May | 7.30pm

Saturday 21 May | 7.30pm

Grupo Lokito

Tim Kliphuis Trio

Congolese Dance Vibes: Laid-back, stylish and charming!

Dutch fiddler Tim Kliphuis and his Trio are fast gaining a reputation as one of the most imaginative, exciting and entertaining acts on the acoustic scene. They combine Gypsy, Classical, Folk, Tango, World music and Grappelli jazz to create an inspired and daring fusion with soulful melodies, driving rhythms and funky chords. The Trio, featuring the virtuoso guitar of Nigel Clark and the rock-steady bass of Roy Percy, is critically acclaimed on both sides of the Atlantic. ‘The prodigiously talented Dutch violinist ... fearsomely fast and fun’ Time Out

Grupo Lokito re-connects Latin and Congolese music in an exuberant explosion of sound. Cuban Rumba was a hot trend in West-African music in the 50s, and the group brings this style back to life with their own fresh take on it. Lokito features ‘world-famous at home’ guitarists Burkina Faso and Limousine, Kinshasa-based singer and dancer José Hendrix Ndelo and British salsa pianist Sara McGuinness, fusing their extensive experience in their respective musical traditions into an exciting style that can only be classified as ‘Lokito’.

Tickets £13.00 (concessions £11.00; students £5.00)

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Saturday 4 June | 7.30pm

Çigdem Aslan voice Songs of Smyrna - The Blues of the Aegean with Pavlos Melas guitar Pavlos Carvalho bouzouki Cahit Baylav violin Çigdem Aslan (pronounced Cheedem) is a rising star in the revival of rebetiko, the bitter-sweet, devil-may-care songs of an exiled underclass, sung in hash dens and ‘café amans’ of Athens, Piraeus and Istanbul from the 1920 – the ‘Blues of the Aegean’. With strong roots in the port of Smyrna/Izmir, rebetiko is a culture shared by Greeks and Turks that developed in mainland Greece following forced population exchanges, and was famously outlawed in both countries for its association with the underworld and being too ‘oriental’ in outlook. ‘a beautiful, expressive voice’ fRoots Magazine Tickets

£13.00 (concessions £11.00; students £5.00) Friday 17 June | 7.30pm

Saturday 18 June | 7.30pm

The Greatest Story Ever Told?

TG Collective

The new York Mystery Plays is a response to an ancient artform revived in a 21st-century format, incorporating digital imaging and audio. Pre-Renaissance music meets new composition in this spectacular production reflecting the spirit of the 1951 Festival of Britain, which featured the revival of York Mystery Plays. Developed by University of York music students, this instrumental and vocal performance offers a glimpse of the future. Tickets

£6.00 (concessions £4.00; students £3.00)

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A glorious combination of gypsy hotclub, flamenco, jazz and contemporary classical influences, built around a core of two guitarists, alongside flutes, violin, double bass, trumpet and cajón. Creating an exciting, sensuous sound, the group perform an intriguing mix of compositions and new arrangements, touching on influences as varied as Paco de Lucia, Django Reinhardt and JS Bach. ‘Bold, expressive playing that's liberatingly inventive...’ Songlines **** Tickets

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June July Saturday 25 June | 7.30pm

Dave Newton Trio Dave Newton piano Andrew Cleyndert bass Steve Brown drums Voted best jazz pianist for nine years running in the British Jazz Awards, Fellow of Leeds College of Music in 2003, Dave Newton is one of the most gifted musicians on the current jazz scene. Newton also has a reputation as an exquisite accompanist for singers including Carol Kidd, Tina May, Claire Martin and Stacey Kent. He also wrote music specifically for Martin Taylor and Alan Barnes and his haunting themes can now be heard on many US movies. With the release of a new CD called ‘Portrait of a Woman’, on the 'BrightNewDay' label, David Newton is relishing the musical freedom of his Trio. This concert is presented in memory of Alf Peacock Tickets £13.00 (concessions £11.00; students £5.00)

Saturday 2 July | 10.30am – c.3.30pm

The Sixteen Insight Day 2011 Join musicologist John Milsom, music editor Sally Dunkley, and members of Harry Christopher’s acclaimed vocal ensemble – The Sixteen – as they explore the music of the 16th century musical genius Tomás Luis de Victoria in anticipation of the 2011 Choral Pilgrimage. Please note that tickets for The Sixteen’s Choral Pilgrimage in York on 16 July, presented as part of the 2011 York Early Music Festival, will be available from Monday 21 March. Tickets £25.00 (no concessions) including lunch.

Please note that advance booking is essential.



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Festivals 26 - 29 May 2011

8 - 16 July 2011

& East Riding Early Music Festival

Academy of Ancient Music

Ian Bostridge

The Beverley and East Riding Early Music Festival remains one of the cultural landmarks of the East Riding of Yorkshire, utilising the ecclesiastical architecture of the region to present an annual festival embracing some of the world's finest early music specialists. Guest artists include The Tallis Scholars presenting their Magnificat programme which includes the glorious Allegri Miserere (Thurs 26 May, Beverley Minster); the Academy of Ancient Music directed by David Watkin presenting music by Bach, Handel and Vivaldi (Fri 27 May, Beverley Minster) and The Burning Bush with their gloriously presented wild and wonderful mix of music from the Jewish diaspora (Sat 28 May, Toll Gavel Methodist Church).

In 2011, the York Early Music Festival celebrates the spirit of the 1951 Festival of Britain which saw the first performances in modern times of the York Cycle of Mystery Plays. Guest artists will include: The Gabrieli Consort directed by Paul McCreesh (Fri 8 July, York Minster); The English Concert with Ian Bostridge (Sat 9 July, Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, University of York); Purcell's 'King Arthur' presented by the Yorkshire Baroque Soloists (Sun 10 July, Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, University of York) and The Sixteen directed by Harry Christophers (Fri 15 July, York Minster). ‘... York is the early music mecca of the British Isles’ Gramophone Tickets will be available from Monday 21 March

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The National Centre for Early Music is a multi-faceted organisation running a year-round music programme, three Yorkshire based early music festivals and a range of other initiatives. Find out here about some of our key activities.

Everyonea Music Maker a conference for early years workers Wednesday 2 & Thursday 3 February This two-day conference explores how babies and young children respond to music and how you can help children acquire the skills and passion to develop their musical potential to the full. For more details visit

NCEM Musical Play in a Week Mon 15 - Fri 19 August, 10am to 4pm plus performance on Friday night Join the annual Musical Play in a Week suitable for young people aged 9 – 14 years. The 2011 play is set in Kenilworth Castle, Warwickshire. Robert Dudley is holding a party for Queen Elizabeth I, while his servant is seeking a way to pay for it. With a band of young actors, he hunts for hidden treasure but they are not the only ones searching, and the very safety of the realm is at stake! Tickets: £85.00 + VAT For more details visit

Minster Minstrels Recruiting York’s Early Music Ensemble is now recruiting instrumentalists to join in the fun and perform at the 2011 York Early Music Festival. If you are aged between 10 and 18 years and are interested in joining, please ring 01904 632220 or email The Minster Minstrels is run as a partnership between the NCEM and the City of York Council’s York Arts Academy with support from the Mayfield Valley Arts Trust. For more details visit

NCEM for Hire The NCEM offers a warm welcome to a wide variety of organisations that hire its facilities. Used variously as a concert, recording and conference venue, the NCEM is consistently praised both for its facilities and friendly staff. For more information visit our website at or ring us on 01904 632220. Book Tickets Now... Box Office 01904 658338




How to Find Us National Centre for Early Music St Margaret’s Church Walmgate York Y01 9TL Box Office: 01904 658338 General Enquiries: 01904 632220 The National Centre for Early Music is based at St Margaret’s Church in Walmgate – to the East of the City. The NCEM is accessible by car, bus, foot or bike (there are a number of cycle racks on the premises). Car Parking: The Peel Street car park (off George Street) is free in the evenings and Sundays to York residents, there is a £2.00 charge for non residents. Buses: First York Bus No. 10 stops in Walmgate. For timetable information ring 01904 883000 or the travel information line on 01904 551400.


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How to Book All concerts take place at the National Centre for Early Music, St Margaret’s Church, Walmgate,York unless otherwise indicated. All seating at the NCEM is unreserved. By Telephone: Contact the Box Office on 01904 658338. Open weekdays between 9.00am – 5.00pm. By Credit/Debit Card: Tickets can be booked by Visa, Mastercard, Delta, Access and Maestro. Please note that surcharges apply. By E Mail: Simply e mail your enquiry to On-Line: Visit our website and use the secure on-line booking system. You will need to register with a user name and password to book your tickets. In Person: The National Centre for Early Music is situated in St Margaret’s Church, Walmgate. The Box Office entrance is on Percy’s Lane, just off Navigation Road, open weekdays between 9.00am – 5.00pm. By Post: Send your order to the Box Office, National Centre for Early Music, St Margaret’s Church, Walmgate, York Y01 9TL, enclosing an SAE. Cheques should be made payable to the National Centre for Early Music.

General Ticket Information Reservations: Tickets can be reserved but must be paid for within three working days and at least 24 hours prior to the performance. Concessions: These appy to people aged from 60 years onwards, unemployed, registered disabled and carers. Please note that a limited number of concessions are available for each concert. Group Bookings: Buy 10 get one free! We welcome group bookings (subject to ticket availability) and ask that all tickets are booked in the same transaction to take advantage of this offer. Student Tickets: Please note that the student price of £5.00 on selected events is a limited offer so book early to avoid disappointment. Student Standby Tickets: Look out for the new student standby tickets which will be available on the day for selected concerts only. This information will be publicised on our website. Refunds and Exchanges: We regret that tickets cannot be exchanged or money refunded except in the event of a cancelled performance. Gift Vouchers: These can be purchased from the Box Office in amounts of £5 and £10.



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NCEM Diary Dates Spring /Summer 2011

Saturday 5 February

English Song Day

10.30am onwards

Friday 11 February

Steve Knightley


Saturday 19 February

Lo Còr de la Plana


Saturday 26 February

Denys Baptiste


Thursday 17 March

I Fagiolini


Friday 1 April

Paul Baxter Trio


Monday 11 April

Spiers & Boden


Thursday 14 April

Heidi Talbot


Saturday 30 April

Snake Davis Band


Saturday 7 May

Baroque Day:The Grand Tour

10.30am onwards

Tuesday 10 May

Sleeping Beauty & Alcestis


Saturday 14 May

Grupo Lokito

7.30pm 7.30pm

Saturday 21 May

Tim Kliphuis Trio

26 – 29 May

Beverley & East Riding Early Music Festival

Saturday 4 June

Çigdem Aslan


Friday 17 June

The Greatest Story Ever Told?


Saturday 18 June

TG Collective


Saturday 25 June

Dave Newton Trio


Saturday 2 July

Insight Day with The Sixteen

10.30am onwards

8 – 16 July

York Early Music Festival

15 – 19 August

Musical Play in a Week

Box Office 01904 658338 | The National Centre for Early Music | St Margaret’s Church | Walmgate | York Y01 9TL

The National Centre for Early Music is run by the York Early Music Foundation Registered Charity No. 1068331. All details are correct at the time of going to press but we reserve the right to amend the published programme if necessary.

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