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The Ballad of Shirley Collins


Sunday 22 October | 4.00pm
The Ballad of Shirley Collins (UK, 2017, 94")
Preceded by music from Two Black Sheep and a Stallion
£7.00 (£5.00 concs) including tea and cakes.

From championing the folk music of Sussex and collecting traditional music in the US to her involvement in The Albion Band, Shirley Collins was an icon of the 60s and 70s folk music scene before mysteriously losing her voice and retiring from performance. This documentary explores her story and chronicles her battle to rediscover that voice.

The Music of Strangers

Sunday 26 November | 4.00pm FILM
The Music of Strangers (USA, 2015, 96")
Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble
Preceded by traditional music from China
£7.00 (£5.00 concs) including tea and cakes

The Silk Road Ensemble, an international collective created by acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and including Kayhan Kalhor, exemplifies music's ability to blur geographical boundaries, blend disparate cultures and inspire hope for both artists and audiences. Oscar-winning director Morgan Neville's film includes performances, interviews and archival film to create an intensely personal chronicle of passion, talent and sacrifice.

Thanks to support from Arts Council England, the NCEM is now able to show films which support its year-round music programme.

The NCEM has a strong partnership with the Yorkshire Film Archive and the internationally recognised Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF).