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Fun Music for Family and Friends at the NCEM

07 May 2015

A brand new series of concerts for young children and their family and friends will take place in May, June, November and December at the award-winning National Centre for Early Music (NCEM) in York in a beautifully converted medieval church. 

The NCEM, which opened its doors 15 years ago, is home to the internationally acclaimed York Early Music Festival and also runs a year-round music programme of jazz, world and folk.

Its new series of concerts has been specifically chosen to appeal to young people and crosses all genres giving young people the opportunity to listen, and on some occasions join in, and to experience high quality music in a stunning setting.
Delma Tomlin, Director of the NCEM is delighted to announce these concerts for young people which this year will cater for 3 to 11 year olds. She elaborated: "We have some really exciting and imaginative performances from international artists and are really looking forward to welcoming young people with their family and friends. 

"It's fantastic to have the opportunity for young people to engage with music. Last season we welcomed the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment with their Pitter Patter weather programme, the children were absolutely mesmerised and there was a strong desire for us to offer more for this age group.

"Over the spring and summer seasons we have four very different concerts - Catapluf's Musical Journey presented by award-winning multi-instrumentalist Adriano Adewale who takes a musical journey around the world; Kathakali showing classical dance drama with their story of Hima Sundari - similar to Snow White; Swinging Safari with I Flautisti the all-female London Recorder Quartet playing over 20 different recorders and finally Music in the Round's Ensemble 360 join us with Crazy Creatures bringing to life two brilliant children's stories."

See below for more detailed information on the four concerts taking place this year.  To view information and book tickets go to or contact the NCEM Box Office on 01904 658338. The National Centre for Early Music is based in St Margaret's Church, Walmgate, York YO1 9TL.NCEM Family Friendly Concert Series Programme:

Sunday 17 May 11.00am
Catapluf's Musical Journey                                                   Recommended 5 to 7 year olds

Catupluf - the magical creation of multi-instrumentalist Adriano Adewale - takes audiences on a musical journey to every corner of the globe, travelling to places where anything from saucepans, water, drums, drainpipes and even the human body are turned into musical tools. Catapluf is joined by Jenny Adejayan cello, Marcelo Andrade and Giuliano Pereira saxophones, flute and guitar and Andres Ticino percussion.  

Tickets: Adults £7.00; Young People £5.00 
Family and Friends ticket £20.00 (2 adults & 2 young people)         

Saturday 13 June 6.30pm 
Kathakali - Hima Sundari                                                      Recommended for age 7+

'Hima Sundari' - a story similar to Snow White - told through the ancient art of Kathakali - the classical dance drama of Kerala, takes a sleeping princess, her evil step-mother, a handsome prince and adds the excitement, spectacle and bright colours of India in a performance featuring stunning costumes, dramatic make-up and rhythmic music. 

Tickets: £13.00 (concs £11.00; young people £5.00)
Family and Friends ticket £28.00 (2 adults & 2 young people)         

Sunday 1 November 12 noon
I Flautisti - Swinging Safari                                                     Recommended 7 to 11 years

I Flautisiti - The London Recorder Quartet - will perform renaissance tunes and baroque 'hits' to contemporary jazzy and swing pieces on over 20 different recorders. This lively programme also offers the chance to find out more about the development of the recorder over the ages. 

Tickets: £7.00; Young People £5.00
Family and Friends ticket £20.00 (2 adults & 2 young people)             
Sunday 13 December - 11am and 1.30pm
Crazy Creatures: Ensemble 360 and narrator Polly Ives         Recommended for age 3+

Crazy Creatures bring to life two brilliant children's stories The Duck With No Luck and A Cat Called Scratch, written by Jonathan Long, illustrated by Korky Paul with music by the award-winning composer Paul Rissmann. The concert features magical image projections from the book and audience participation.

Tickets: £6.00 (£2.00 young people)
Family and Friends ticket £12.00 (2 adults and 2 young people) 

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