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Around the World with Francis Drake

Photocall: Pupils from Lord Deramore's Primary School, School Lane, Heslington will be rehearsing for their York Early Music Festival performance centred around the life of Francis Drake at 11.45am on Tuesday 8th June 2010.

A group of Year Six pupils from Lord Deramore's Primary School have been given the opportunity to work with the National Centre for Early Music to prepare for a concert about Francis Drake's travels, which will be performed as part of this year's York Early Music Festival.

The project has been influenced by Orlando Gough's new piece for the viol consort Fretwork, which is inspired by the music Francis Drake and his companions might have heard on their adventures. Drake's musicians sometimes performed to the people they encountered on shore, to help overcome the language barrier and to demonstrate that their intentions were not hostile.

The Lord Deramore pupils will work over four days with the NCEM's Education Consultant, Cathryn Dew and community musician Andrew Passmore. They will trace Drake's route through music, learning songs and instrumental pieces from Elizabethan England, and music from many of the lands he visited.

The work will culminate in a performance with actor Mark Payton, at the National Centre for Early Music as part of the York Early Music Festival at 2pm on Monday 12 July 2010.

Delma Tomlin, Director at the NCEM said: "We are really delighted to be working with Lord Deramore's School in this exciting initiative and to give the young people a chance to showcase their work in front of a Festival audience."

The NCEM produces a number of learning resources for Key Stages 2 and 3, focusing on early music and its historical context. Many resources are free and are available at

Tickets for this concert are free of charge, but please book in advance to avoid disappointment.  Visit the NCEM's website at


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