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Over 30 Concerts this autumn at the NCEM

01 September 2009

The music programme at the NCEM is growing with more than 30 concerts programmed this autumn covering early, world, jazz and folk music.

Many of the world and jazz concerts are on the special more4less offer, allowing NCEM audiences to choose four concerts for the price of just three! To take advantage of this offer, all four concerts must be booked at the same time and bookings can be made on-line, by phone or in person.

A fusion of musical genres prevails this season - legendary jazz and folk guitarists Martin Taylor and Martin Simpson (18 Dec) join together for a special UK tour for what promises to be a fantastic evening of great guitar music. Indus (16 Oct) and Samay (27 Nov) fuse world, jazz and folk styles - Indus bring together instrumentalists with roots in diverse musical genres, including Indian, Western and Jazz and Samay take the classical and traditional sounds of India as a base, adding a touch of world, folk and jazz.

Jazz continues to have a strong presence in the NCEM programme this season. The well-established Jazz Weekend (20 - 22 Nov) features Zoe & Idris Rahman with Kuljit Bhamra (20 Nov) with an original take on Bengali popular music offering a unique new form of Anglo-Asian music; top swing/jive band Blue Harlem (21 Nov) BBC Radio 3 Jazz Award winner and first ever BBC Radio 3 New Generations Jazz Artist - Gwilym Simcock (22 Nov) and Farrago (22 Nov) with members of the University of York Jazz Orchestra.  Additional jazz concerts in the season include the Andy Panayi Quartet (3 Oct), guitarist John Etheridge with guest Kit Holmes (6 Nov) and Geoff Gascoyne Quartet (11 Dec,) former bass player with Jamie Cullum, with his new jazz group.

The world music series continues with Ashigs (10 Nov) demonstrating the 14th century musical and poetic heritage of Azerbaijani; Begum Parveen Sultana (13 Nov), the undisputed Queen of Hindustani Music and nominees of this year's Best Group category in the Songlines Music Awards Los Desterrados (13 Dec) exploring the overlooked Judeo-Spanish musical tradition.                               

Folk lovers should look out for the return of Show of Hands (15 Nov) England's finest acoustic roots duo with double bass/singer Miranda Sykes; Faustus (28 Sept), English folk group and nominee for Best Group in the latest BBC Folk Awards; Jackie Oates (19 Oct) a new star in the folk firmament and Chris Wood's Handmade Life Band (30 Nov) current holder of BBC Folk Awards for both Singer of the Year and Best Album.

The York Early Music Christmas Festival has been extended this year and runs from 2 to 8 December. Highlights include the ever-entertaining Carnival Band (2 Dec); virtuoso recorder player Pamela Thorby (6 Dec) with lutenist Elizabeth Kenny and countertenor Robin Blaze; Joglaresa (7 Dec) with a programme of stories and songs from the Northwestern fringes of Europe suitable for all the family and Being Dufay (8 Dec) presents John Potter tenor and Ambrose Field    digital composer exploring vocal fragments by Flemish master Guillaume Dufay (1400-1474). Full details about this Festival will be available on the NCEM website from September.

There are also early music concerts and workshops throughout the season. The Clerks (31 Oct) directed by Edward Wickham perform Sacred Songs of East and West; Members of The Sixteen take part in a Handel Insight Day (1 Nov) and David Owen Norris (7 Nov) invites amateur pianists from across the UK to join him for a Mendelssohn Insight Day.

Delma Tomlin, Director of the NCEM said: "There is such variety this season with some fantastic artists and groups returning to the NCEM due to popular demand. We hope our audiences will enjoy the eclectic mix and book to see a variety of concerts, particularly taking advantage of our more4less offer on the world and jazz concerts.  Remember to check out our website at to listen to soundbites of the artists and also to book on-line to save time."  

This season has been funded by the Arts Council England, Yorkshire with support from the City of York Council. To book tickets, either contact the Box Office on 01904 658338 or visit and use the secure on-line booking system.


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