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Trevor Pinnock to receive York Early Music Festival Lifetime Achievement Award 2018

04 March 2018


Trevor Pinnock to receive York Early Music Festival 
Lifetime Achievement Award 2018

York Early Music Festival honours legendary harpsichordist Trevor Pinnock CBE, as it bestows on him its seventh biennial Lifetime Achievement Award, after the recording of the BBC Early Music Show with Lucie Skeaping, on Sunday 8th July.

The live broadcast from St Margaret's Church in York, an integral part of the York Early Music Festival, takes place 2-3pm and Trevor Pinnock has taken a break in his busy international travelling schedule, to visit one of his preferred performing spaces to receive the honour.

A longtime supporter of the National Centre for Early Music, Trevor pioneered performance on historic instruments in the UK with his orchestra The English Concert, which he founded in 1972. For the last 15 years he has divided his time between conducting, solo performance, chamber music-making and educational work. 

In 2016, Trevor marked his 70th year with a series of chamber concerts presented with some of his closest colleagues (including violinist Rachel Podger), culminating in a sell-out concert in York at the NCEM. 

Ahead of his award, Trevor returns to his beloved York on 24th April, to play alongside Matthew Truscott, Sophie Gent and Jonathan Manson in a programme of Froberger, Goldberg, Bach and Handel. 

Comments Festival Director, Delma Tomlin, MBE, "We are delighted to present Trevor with this award. Over many years, Trevor has been a champion of early music in York, and has provided great support to the York Early Music Festival, for which he has performed on numerous occasions. 

"We love having the pleasure of Trevor's company here and are very fortunate to be able to offer a series of events featuring some very special talent."

Trevor Pinnock comments; "I feel both honoured and delighted to receive this award. For me early music was never a separate category from music in general but was something to be celebrated in all its freshness and newness. In deciding to adopt period instruments with suitable playing styles my aim was always to bring this into the main stream of music as something natural and in a sense unexceptional. Today we know that this has happened as the whole early music movement has had a profound influence on music making in general.

"One thing that remains very important is that there are centres where early music can be performed in a suitable environment - the authenticity of performance space is too often neglected. The NCEM in York is just such a valuable space and I love the fact that early music shares its platform with jazz, folk and contemporary music. I feel proud to be associated with this wonderful venture."

Attracting the best musicians and performers from around the world to present concerts from the 12th - 18th centuries, the 2018 Festival takes place in historic venues in the medieval City of York.  The theme for 2018 is Power & Politics, and highlights include Brecon Baroque directed by violinist Rachel Podger, Gallicantus directed by Gabriel Crouch with the Rose Consort of Viols, and The Sixteen directed by Harry Christophers. 

There is also a strong focus on emerging young talent, showcasing ensembles including Prisma; Voces Suaves; Rumorum, Sollazzo Ensemble; and BarrocoTout

Festival Tickets £5.00 - £30.00 available from 7 March 2018 from: NCEM, St Margaret's Church, Walmgate, York YO1 9TL.   Telephone: 01904 658338. Email:
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Notes to Editors:
The National Centre for Early Music is administered by the York Early Music Foundation and funded by the Arts Council. 

The York Early Music Festival's Lifetime Achievement Award honours major figures that have made a significant difference to the world of early music and has been presented every other year since its inauguration in 2006. The previous winners have been the Kuijken brothers (2006); Dame Emma Kirkby (2008); James Bowman (2010); Jordi Savall (2012) Andrew Parrott (2014) and Anthony Rooley (2016).

The 2016 York Early Music Festival is supported by Arts Council England, Yorkshire; the City of York Council; media partner BBC Radio 3; the National Centre for Early Music, the Friends of the Festival and the NCEM Patrons.  


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