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York Early Music Christmas Festival features International Young Artists Showcase

22 September 2012

York Early Music Christmas Festival features International Young Artists Showcase


This year's York Early Music Christmas Festival (6 - 15 December 2012) is ushered in by a brilliant line up of young artists from around the world who will take part in a special one-day International Young Artists Showcase on Saturday 1 December. 

The showcase features four talented young ensembles: Les Ombres present a programme of 'Telemann in Paris'; Borromini Quartet's 'Invention and Innovation' features works by Boccherini, Mozart and Haydn and Den Haag Piano Quintet perform Schubert's evergreen 'Trout' Quintet. The Showcase is completed by a fascinating film documentary 'Hebreo': the Search for Salomone Rossi. This film by Joseph Rochlitz features Profeti della Quinta, winners of the 2011 International Young Artists Competition.

Speaking about the events Delma Tomlin, Director of the NCEM, commented: "We are absolutely thrilled to welcome back these wonderful young artists who have gone on to carve out their own very special and successful paths in the Early Music world since taking part in the International Young Artists Competition. The day promises a superbly varied feast of music-making and we are delighted to be able to present the UK premiere of Profeti della Quinta's enlightening documentary."  

She added: "We are delighted that a rare performance of the entire Bach Christmas Oratorio, given by the Yorkshire Bach Choir, will also lead us in to the York Early Music Christmas Festival which starts on the 6 December."

J.S. Bach Christmas Oratorio - Yorkshire Bach Choir directed by Peter Seymour with the Yorkshire Baroque Soloists and Bethany Seymour soprano, Sally Bruce-Payne alto, Joseph Cornwell tenor, Peter Harvey bass.
Saturday 1 December at 7.00pm. Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, University of York, YO10 5DD

Highlights of the York Early Music Christmas Festival include:

Ex Cathedra directed by Jeffrey Skidmore perform Gaudete! The glorious polyphony and rhythmic verve of Padilla's Missa ego flos campi is complemented by stunning seasonal music from Renaissance Spain and Latin America in the first half of this intimate concert. Ex Cathedra returns to its roots in the second half with a selection of 'most highly favoured' Christmas music from the 13th-18th centuries
Friday 7 December at 7.30pm. Concert by Candlelight, NCEM, St Margaret's Church, Walmgate, York YO1 9TL

Chalemie presents 'Mr Fezziwig's Ball' a not-to-be-missed family occasion featuring music, readings and dances from the 1850s in traditional costume. The multi-talented ensemble Chalemie joins forces with York's Minster Minstrels to re-create the spirit of Mr Fezziwig's Christmas party from Dickens' 'Christmas Carol'. Their performance includes readings from Dickens, music and dances mentioned in his books, and carols for all to sing.
Sunday 9 December at 7.30pm. NCEM, St Margaret's Church, Walmgate, York YO1 9TL

Joglaresa returns to the York Early Music Christmas Festival with the Welsh singing and fiddling diva extraordinaire, Sianed Jones, mixing together their extraordinary musical heritage with spellbinding medieval and folk carols in a festive programme entitled 'Blow Northerne Wynd'.
Monday 10 December at 7.30pm. Concert by Candlelight, NCEM, St Margaret's Church, Walmgate, York YO1 9TL

Koshka - virtuoso gypsy violinist Oleg Ponomarev, Lev Atlas violin and Nigel Clark guitar present 'Russian Winter & Gypsy Fire' celebrating the uninhibited joy of Gypsy music interspersed with tales and anecdotes of the traditions of winter and Christmas in their native Russia.
Tuesday 11 December 7.30pm. Concert by Candlelight, NCEM, St Margaret's Church, Walmgate, York YO1 9TL

University of York Chamber Choir and Baroque Ensemble directed by Peter Seymour
A festive programme of choral and instrumental music: Bach's Magnificat, Charpentier's Te Deum and his joyous Messe de Minuit and Corelli's glorious Christmas Concerto which references the pastoral setting of the Nativity in its lilting final movement.
Wednesday 12 December at 7.30pm. Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, University of York, Heslington, York, YO10 5DD

English Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble: A Hanseatic Christmas  
A festive recital which recreates the colour and variety of 17th century German musical life, with a selection of Christmas music, some vocal, some instrumental, tunes familiar and unfamiliar, played on the beautiful old wind instruments of the time.
Thursday 13 December at 7.30pm. NCEM, St Margaret's Church, Walmgate, York YO1 9TL
University of Huddersfield Chamber Choir and Early Music Ensemble: 'Musicke ... so delectable, so rare'
John Bryan directs the ensembles in a celebration of the motets and canzonas of Giovanni Gabrieli 400 years since his death, together with music by his Venetian predecessors, Willaert and Andrea Gabrieli, and by the northerners who came to study with him in Venice, including the Dane Borchgrevinck and the Germans Hassler and Schütz.
Friday 14 December at 7.30pm. Concert by Candlelight. NCEM, St Margaret's Church, Walmgate, York YO1 9TL

The Tallis Scholars, directed by Peter Phillips: Journey of the Nativity
The Tallis Scholars' journey from The Annunciation (Ave Maria), via the Visitation of Mary to her cousin Elizabeth (Übers Gebirg) and the birth of Christ, to the Presentation of Jesus in the temple (Nunc Dimittis paraphrased in Maria wallt zum Heiligtum). This concert is particularly rich in presenting popular works by Praetorius alongside Palestrina's gloriously architectural (and very rarely heard) Missa Ave Maria
Saturday 15 December at 7.30pm. Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, University of York, Heslington, York, YO10 5DD 


For further information on all events visit: www.ncem.co.uk/xmas (brochure pdf available to download). 

Tickets:
International Young Artists Showcase (IYAS) 
Rover ticket: £24.00 (concessions £20.00) which includes a ticket for each concert in the IYAS, saving up to 20% and a free ticket for Hebreo. 
IYAS Single daytime event tickets: £10.00 (concessions £8.00, Students £5.00)
IYAS Film: £5.00 including a glass of wine on arrival

Yorkshire Bach Choir Christmas Oratorio: £25.00 (concessions £23.00)

York Early Music Christmas Festival
£10.00 to 25.00 (Concessions £11.00 to 22.00; Students £3.00 to £5.00) 

Box Office: 01904 658338, Web: www.ncem.co.uk/xmas

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Editors Notes:

York Early Music Christmas Festival is supported by the Arts Council England, Yorkshire, the National Centre for Early Music, Tourism partners Welcome to Yorkshire, the City of York Council and members of the York Hoteliers Association.