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New World Music Partnership for NCEM

 The National Centre for Early Music is one of 13 major music festivals to join forces with Making Tracks - an organisation offering the newest and most exciting music from around the globe.

As a special introductory offer if you buy a full price ticket for all four 'Making Tracks'  concerts (happening this Autumn and next Spring), you can save £26 as two of the concerts will be free! The concerts included in this special offer are: Le Trio Joubran (27 Sept) - three sons of Palestinian master luthier inspired by Arabic classical tradition, jazz improvisation and flamenco virtuosity; guitarist Ahmed Dickinson & Trio Mestizo (12 Dec) with a lively and fresh repertory combining traditional Cuban and Latin American genres with a hint of jazz; Lo Còr de la Plana (19 Feb) featuring six a capella French singers accompanied by percussion instruments exploring their French heritage and Grupo Lokito (14 May) a fusion of Congelese and Latin music resulting is a unique and captivating sound.

Other world music concerts feature the TG Collective (16 Oct) a combination of gypsy hotclub, flamenco, jazz and contemporary music built around a core of two guitarists, alongside flutes, violin, double bass, trumpet and cajón and Taal Tarang, (27 Nov) in collaboration with Kala Sangam, present an evening of South Indian music.  

Jazz continues to have a strong presence in the NCEM programme this season. The well established Jazz Weekend returns (19 - 21 Nov) with Arnie Somogyi's  Ambulance (19 Nov), featuring the UK's most accomplished young jazz musicians;  a welcome return from the celebrated clarinetist Julian Marc Stringle and the Latin influenced Dream Band (20 Nov) and multi-award winning jazz vocalist and BBC Radio 3 broadcaster Claire Martin and dynamic pianist Gareth Williams (21 Nov).

Additional jazz concerts this season include the Rosie Brown Quartet (6 Nov) featuring Jamil Sheriff on piano; Christine Tobin & Liam Noble (15 Oct) with their 'Tapestry Unravelled' programme exploring Carole King's beloved album; Eduardo Niebla (8 Oct) the formidable flamenco-jazz guitar virtuoso and composer and the gypsy guitar legend Lulo Reinhardt (30 Nov), the grand-nephew of jazz legend Django Reinhardt.

The successful partnership with The Black Swan Folk Club continues this season. Harpist Máire Ní Chathasaigh and guitarist Chris Newman (11 Oct) perform Irish dance music, evocative old songs and striking new compositions and Scottish folk band Malinky (27 Oct) reinvigorate centuries-old ballads alongside original songwriting and lively fiddle tunes. KAN featuring Brian Finnegan and Aidan O'Rourke (9 Nov) provide furious jigs and reels alongside lyrical melodies and Vin Garbutt (1 Dec), one of the most popular artists on the modern folk scene, combines zany stage chat and moving songs.

The NCEM also welcomes June Tabor (25 Sept) with Andy Cutting and Mark Emerson in a programme that inventively sets traditional song alongside modern writing and The Alistair Anderson Band (26 Nov), featuring the world renowned concertina maestro and composer, with their Steel Skies concert.

The NCEM is working on an imove initiative over the next few years in collaboration with the National Media Musuem, Bradford Council, Museums and Galleries, the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Harewood House and Alchemy. The project is called  'New Worlds' which looks at the extraordinary mix   that is modern day Yorkshire: marrying individuals from across the word with the region's heritage and contemporary vibrancy, and linking visual arts, music, dance, film and new media together. This season it welcomes the Northern School of Contemporary Dance with 'Movement and Marriage' (18 Nov) where final year dance students join with contemporary composers from the University of York to create a performance combining original music and choreography. Based on the theme of music and marriage, inspired by this year's York Early Music Festival, the relationship and dialogue between sound and music will be explored alongside the physical resonances of the dancers' movement through the space.  

Finally this year's York Early Music Christmas Festival takes place from  Thursday 2 - Saturday 11 December. Highlights will include The Burning Bush (5 Dec) directed by Lucie Skeaping and featuring early and traditional music; The York Waits (7 Dec) with 'Nowell!! Tydnges trew' inspired by the York Mystery Plays; Eclipse (9 Dec) with a 'Christmas Fiesta!' and Joglaresa (10 Dec) with Anglo Irish Christmas songs.

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 new Making Tracks offer! Remember to check out our website at to listen to soundbites of the artists and also to book on-line to save time." 

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


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