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Celebrate at the NCEM - Autumn Season 2012

As well as a fantastic line up this season of world, jazz and folk concerts there is now an opportunity for you hold your own celebratory party or wedding reception at the NCEM. To find out more visit

The NCEM has a special event as part of this year's Illuminating York. Following on from the phenomenal success of Striggio's 40 Part Mass, we present Gabrieli à 2(2): A Musical Soundscape (Wed 31 Oct, 7.00pm) - a surround-sound candlelit experience led by early music specialists Jamie Savan cornetts, Adam Woolf sackbuts and John Ayers electronics who will fuse Renaissance music with modern technologies to mark the 400th anniversary of the Italian musical genius Giovanni Gabrieli. Featuring Gabrieli's 22 Part Sonata in a live performance supported by surround-sound technology, the work will grow through multi-layered tracking into an extravaganza of sound!

The Making Tracks partnership, promoting the most exciting musicians from around the globe, returns with a special two for one offer allowing you to enjoy the traditional Ethiopian sounds of Krar Collective (Fri 5 Oct, 7.30pm) with a contemporary take on traditional music and Argentinean eccentric tango poetry from Melingo (Thurs 8 Nov, 7.30pm).
India's greatest violinist duo, the Mysore Brothers, perform in the UK for the first time with Mysore Melodies (Sun 23 Sept, 4.00pm) providing a rare opportunity to hear the evocative sounds of their violins. Virtuoso flamenco guitarist Juan Martin returns with his Musica Alhambra Quintet (Wed 10 Oct, 7.30pm) featuring the fantastic oud player Abdul Salam Kheir, they will explore the roots of flamenco in Moorish and Indian gypsy music and play Sephardic songs culminating in contemporary flamenco. Music from Koshka (Tues 11 Dec, 7.30pm) with Oleg Ponomarev and Lev Atlas violins and Nigel Clark guitar - bring a Christmas seasonal flavour from Russia.

Jazzers will enjoy three concerts this season opening with singer-songwriter Gwyneth Herbert (Sun 21 Oct, 7.30pm) who is compared by her critics with Lennon and McCartney, Nina Simone, The Kinks and Tom Waits. She is followed by the John Etheridge guitar and Chris Garrick violin (Fri 2 Nov, 7.30pm) - the two have been associated for years with their Sweet Chorus Project and provide a feast of interplay, improvisation and eclectic repertoire. Rounding off the jazz programme for 2012 is the phenomenal piano player and singer Liane Carroll (Sun 2 Dec, 7.30pm) winner of all the British jazz awards and has been hailed by critics and fans alike as one of Britain's finest jazz singers.

The NCEM continues its collaboration with The Black Swan Folk Club and welcomes some fantastic folk musicians this season including Martin Carthy &  Dave Swarbrick (Tues 25 Sept, 7.30pm) who have been performing together for 45 years and are still at the top of their game; Maddy Prior - this is not a BSFC event (Tues 9 Oct, 7.30pm) best known as the voice of Steeleye Span, is joined by in concert with Hannah James and Giles Lewin; Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman (Tues 27 Nov, 7.30pm) outstanding folk musicians who have performed with Kate Rusby and Seth Lakeman's band and Blast from the Past  (Tues 18 Dec, 7.30pm) with a festive exploration of the Victorian Yule, a warm-hearted evening of songs, stories and drama from the era of Dickens and Hardy, fun for all the family.

This year's York Early Music Christmas Festival celebrates some of the glorious music of Christmas - from the Renaissance through to the present day. It starts with the International Young Artists Showcase (Sat 1 Dec) featuring a selection of the musicians who took part in the 2011 Young Artists Competition run as part of the York Early Music Festival. Highlights in this year's Festival include: Chalemie (Sun 9 Dec, 7.30pm) with Mr Fezziwig's Ball, a costumed performance of music, readings and dances from the 1850s, suitable for all the family and the annual festive concert by Joglaresa (10 Dec, 7.30pm) featuring the Welsh singing and fiddling diva extraordinaire - Sianed Jones - mixing together their musical heritage with spellbinding medieval and folk carols. Full details are on the NCEM website at
Delma Tomlin, Director of the National Centre for Early Music commented: "It's an action packed season this autumn and with an eclectic programme we hope our audiences will enjoying sampling different genres of music. As usual, we are delighted to continue to invite musicians of the highest quality to the NCEM and our stunning but intimate setting offers audiences a very special experience."

This season has been funded by the Arts Council England, Yorkshire with support from the City of York Council. To book tickets visit and use the secure on-line booking system or contact the Box Office on 01904 658338.


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