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BBC Radio 3 Early Music Show

NCEM, York
Sunday 8 July 1:00pm

Event 08: York Early Music Festival

Reserved seating: Free to those attending other events in the Festival, but please do book tickets in advance to avoid disappointment. Limited to two tickets per person (not available online - please call the box office on (01904) 658338).
The Early Music Show's Catherine Bott introduces a live broadcast featuring the acclaimed group L'Avventura London performing a selection of 18th century Portuguese and Brazilian modinhas.
Directed by Zak Ozmo with
Sandra Medeiros, Joana Seara sopranos
Joana Lawrence violin
Marta Gonçalves flute
Natasha Kraemer cello
David Gordon harpsichord
Andrew Kerr violone
Taro Takeuchi, Zak Ozmo Spanish and English guitars.
"terrifically animated, wonderful energy… gorgeous!” BBC Radio 3
York Early Music Festival Lifetime Achievement Award
Immediately following the EMS broadcast at 2.00pm, the Festival will be presenting its fourth biennial Lifetime Achievement Award to the Catalan viol-player and musical director Jordi Savall.
Savall is widely recognised as one of the true stars of the early music world, a major figure who for nearly four decades has combined virtuosity and sensitive musicianship on his own instrument with inspirational directorship of his ensembles Hespèrion XXI (formerly Hespèrion XX), Le Concert des Nations and La Capella Reial de Catalunya. His questing curiosity about early music and its historical and wider cultural contexts has led him not only to investigate a vast range of mainstream European repertoire from the Medieval through to the Classical periods, but also to explore the links with folk and non-Western traditions, resulting in major projects encompassing music from China, the Middle East, the Far East and South America. This is a musician who is as at home in an Irish jig or a Sephardic lament as he is in Bach's Gamba Sonatas or the English viol consort repertory, as likely to celebrate music from the Ottoman courts as he is those of Louis XIV or Queen Isabella of Spain.
The York Early Music Festival's Lifetime Achievement Award honours major figures who 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 the Kuijken brothers (2006), Dame Emma Kirkby (2008) and James Bowman (2010).
Seating is reserved.