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Andrew Parrott receives the 2014 York Early Music Festival Lifetime Achievement Award

The distinguished conductor, Andrew Parrott, will receive the fifth biennial York Early Music Festival Lifetime Achievement Award on Sunday 13 July 2014 at the National Centre for Early Music (NCEM), in York. 

Perhaps best known for his pioneering work with his Taverner Consort, Choir and Players, Andrew Parrott is also a former Music Director and Principal Conductor of the London Mozart Players and of the New York Collegium. In addition to performing repertoire from 14th-century music to newly composed works, with both modern- and period-instrument orchestras, choirs and opera companies, he has always been involved in related musicological research and has published major articles on Monteverdi, Purcell, Bach and The Essential Bach Choir (2000). He is currently working on two further books.

Delma Tomlin, Director of the NCEM says: "This Award allows us to take time during York Early Music Festival to celebrate the significant achievements of truly outstanding artists. Andrew's involvement with the Festival starts at the very beginning during the first York Early Music Week in 1977 when his performance with his Tavernor Consort of the 14th-century Machaut Mass in York Minster was a complete revelation. So it is with great pleasure that we mark the extraordinary contribution he has made to music throughout his career with this award."

Andrew Parrott commented: "The 'Early Music' movement has been described by one writer as having brought about nothing less than 'a sea-change in our listening habits'. While my personal list of related objectives still to be achieved remains implausibly long, acknowledgement of past contributions I may have made is undeniably rewarding. I am most grateful to the York Early Music Festival for expressing its recognition in this way." 

John Bryan, York Early Music Festival Artistic Advisor, will present the Award immediately after the live broadcast of the Early Music Show at the National Centre for Early Music on Sunday 13 July at 3.00pm. He commented: "Andrew Parrott is an inspirational conductor of all sorts of early music, from the medieval Machaut Mass to Monteverdi's L'Orfeo and Bach's sacred music, and always sheds new light on pieces we think we know, through a detailed investigation of original source materials and working closely with a hand-picked team of singers and players in his re-creative projects." 

York Early Music Festival - an annual world class event featuring some of the world's finest early music artists - this year explores a wealth of intermingled themes in Age of Gold, Age of Enlightenment. Artists include: Jordi Savall's Hespèrion XXI, The Sixteen directed by Harry Christophers, The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Ensemble Gilles Binchois and Les Sacqueboutiers, Andrew Carwood's The Cardinall's Musick, The Zapico brothers from Spain and Yorkshire Baroque Soloists. 
Full programme details available at: www.ncem.co.uk/yemf

Tickets: £5.00 to £30.00 are available from the NCEM at St Margaret's Church, Walmgate, York YO1 9TL. Telephone: 01904 658338. Email: boxoffice@ncem.co.uk. Secure online booking at: www.ncem.co.uk

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Notes to editors:

1. York Early Music Festival's Lifetime Achievement Award honours major figures that have made a difference to the world of early music, and has been presented every other year since its inauguration in 2006. The previous winners have been flautist Barthold Kuijken of the Kuijken brothers (2006), Dame Emma Kirkby (2008), James Bowman (2010) and Jordi Savall (2012).
 
2. Andrew Parrott is perhaps best known for pioneering work with his Taverner Consort, Choir and Players - which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2013 - and for their diverse 60 or so recordings together. He is also a former Music Director and Principal Conductor of the London Mozart Players and of the New York Collegium. In addition to performing an exceptionally broad range of repertoire - from 14th-century music to newly composed works, with both modern- and period-instrument orchestras, choirs and opera companies, he has always been involved in related musicological research and has published major articles (on Monteverdi, Purcell, Bach) and The Essential Bach Choir (2000). Two further books are in progress.
Andrew Parrott's exploration of the classical repertoire has included productions of operas by Haydn, Gluck and Mozart (six of them for Toronto's Opera Atelier), recordings of Mozart's Mass in C minor and Requiem and, with Ronald Brautigam, of all Beethoven's works for piano and orchestra. New music has also played an important part in Andrew Parrott's musical life; once an assistant to Sir Michael Tippett, he has premiered several works by younger British composers (including Judith Weir's A Night at the Chinese Opera), and orchestral and choral music by Slovakia's leading composer, Vladimír Godár. His two most recent recordings, both with Taverner forces, are of his première reconstruction of J. S. Bach's lost Trauer-Music for Prince Leopold and of Monteverdi's L'Orfeo, released in 2013. 

3. The National Centre for Early Music is administered by the York Early Music Foundation and funded by Arts Council England, Yorkshire.

4. York Early Music Festival is supported by the Arts Council England, Yorkshire, Media partner BBC Radio 3, the National Centre for Early Music, Tourism partner     Welcome to Yorkshire, the City of York Council, members of the York Hoteliers Association and with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union.