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New Look Brochure

16 January 2008

It's a new year, a new season and a new-look brochure for the NCEM this spring.

The new 20 page A5 brochure is crammed full of spring and summer concerts representing a wide range of music across the spectrum including early, world, jazz, folk and contemporary. These concerts are listed in the brochure in chronological order, plus there are updates on our education and outreach work and details about how to hire the Centre for conferences, events and recordings.

NCEM audiences will be able to take advantage of the 'More4Less' offer allowing them to choose four concerts for the price of just three! This offer applies to selected concerts listed in the brochure and on-line.

Delma Tomlin, Director of the NCEM said: "The new-look brochure gives us the opportunity to tell you more about what we do. We have a fantastic range of music and hope our audiences will take advantage of our special offer and visit us several times in the season."

To mark the Beijing Olympics this summer, the NCEM is working in partnership with the National Railway Museum, York Museums Trust, Fairfax House, the University of York, the York Chinese Students & Scholars Association and York St John University, on a programme of events which are also celebrated as part of the activities of CHINA NOW, the largest festival of Chinese culture in the UK. The NCEM opens its season with Chinese New Year celebrations - a fun Chinese Hat and Music Making Workshop (3 Feb, 1.00pm - 5.00pm) followed by a recital from the extraordinarily talented pipa player Liu Fang (22 Feb). Later in the season we welcome back Xuefei Yang who enthralled audiences at All Saints' Church, North Street, as part of the Chinese Festival in 2006, and Le Baroque Nomade will be presenting a programme mixing 17th century baroque with Chinese instrumentation, in association with the York Early Music Festival at Harewood House.


The rest of our world music journey this season will take you from West Africa with BBC Radio 3 winner for Best World Music Album 2008, Bassekou Kouyate (29 May), to India with the award-winning slide guitarist Debashish Bhattacharya (1 July) and South Indian Carnatic Vocalist Sanjay Subrahmanyan (29 March) and to Japan with The Way of the Drum (4 March) featuring Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers.

The May Jazz Weekend takes place from 9 - 11 May and we are delighted to welcome internationally famous guitar players John Williams and John Etheridge (11 May). Other artists featured as part of the weekend include the Tony Kofi Quartet (10 May), the Rob Lavers Quartet (9 May) and Tatenda, with members from the University of York's Jazz Band (11 May) plus there will be another Late Learners' Jazz Workshop (10 May).

The folk line-up promoted in association with The Black Swan Folk Club will feature the stunningly talented Shetland fiddle player Jenna Reid (18 March); The Young Coppers in an a cappella and fully acoustic evening with the latest generation of the famous Sussex singing family (4 April); Lau (21 April) the most innovative exponents of modern folk music and Canadian band Tanglefoot (6 May) whose powerful singing and instrumental prowess have won them legions of fans since they first visited Britain ten years ago.

Early music lovers must look out for The Sixteen (2 May) who will be joining us at York Minster with their 2008 Choral Pilgrimage programme and there will be a Baroque Day (26 April) promoted by the University of York in association with the NCEM, with the opportunity to hear four of Bach's wonderful Brandenburg Concertos and four of the Motets. More details will be available in February about The Beverley & East Riding Early Music Festival (23 - 26 May) where guest artists include The Tallis Scholars, the Academy of Ancient Music and soprano Emma Kirkby and the York Early Music Festival (3 - 12 July) where guest artists include Jordi Savall, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, directed by Rachel Podger, and the Choir of New College Oxford.
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Remember to check out our website at www.ncem.co.uk to listen to soundbites of the artists this season and also to book on-line. We hope you will continue to visit the NCEM, recommend concerts to your friends and family and enjoy the wonderful mix of music on offer!

This season has been supported by the City of York Council and Arts Council England, Yorkshire. To book tickets, either contact the Box Office on 01904 658338 or visit www.ncem.co.uk and use the secure on-line booking system.

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Press Contact: Melanie Paris
Tel: 01904 632220
E Mail: Melanie.Paris@ncem.co.uk
Web Address: www.ncem.co.uk