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On Wednesday 19 October, the National Centre for Early Music had the great pleasure to once again be involved in the city-wide Vespertine project - an initiative offering a series of free twilight events, happenings and performances, hosted in some of York's most intriguing and beautiful spaces and celebrating the cultural diversity in the City.

On this occasion, the AOC Archaeology Group and NCEM teamed up to explore and reinterpret the medieval church of St Margaret's, the home of the NCEM, using an archaeological laser scanner and a sound installation by audio designer, Jez Wells. Using AOC's laser scans, artist and filmmaker, Annabeth Robinson, created an interactive fly-through and images, view-able by all through Google Cardboard.

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From 4-5pm there was a Families Workshop, which gave the opportunity to use a variety of instruments including a 'sound beam' and an X-Box controller to control the light and sound in the church, transforming the space, prior to the Vespertine event itself, during which traces of the NCEM were projected back into the church. Audiences were invited to take a virtual journey into the bell tower and hear musical responses created by Jez Wells that brought the space and laser scans to life! This was followed by a Meet The Artist event, at which audiences learnt more about the process of creating the VR experience and sound installation with a short explanation from Annabeth Robinson and Jez Wells.