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Anthem for a Child

10 January 2012

NCEM passes on the baton in sound with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the University of York

The National Centre for Early Music (NCEM) and the University of York have joined forces with the remarkable Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE) on their new and most ambitious project to date for young people, Anthem for a Child, as part of a national programme of concerts and events.

The partnership provides workshops and coaching days for children from Bootham Junior, Dringhouses, Dunnington and Heworth primary schools; York's Youth Early Music Ensemble, the Minster Minstrels; and University of York students. A training session for the students from the Music Education Group and teachers working alongside the OAE team took place in autumn 2011 and, on Tuesday 27 March; the primary school project will culminate in a concert (for the participating schools only) in the Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall at the University of York at 1.30pm.

Later the same day - at 6.30pm on Tuesday 27 March - the University of York Baroque Ensemble and Chamber Choir will join the OAE in a celebratory public concert at the NCEM to mark the end of the Orchestra's tour. The concert will open with a series of fanfares and end with a specially commissioned piece by James Redwood entitled 'My Cry', a song which celebrates the power of each individual singer and their combined power as a choir. Tickets are available now from

The NCEM's Youth Early Music Ensemble, the Minster Minstrels, will also have the opportunity of a workshop day with OAE players on Saturday 12 May. After which they will take part in a concert in London on 29 June, where they will perform by themselves and in a massed band with the OAE and secondary school groups from all over the country.

Delma Tomlin, Director of the NCEM, commented: "We are delighted to be working with the exceptional and inspiring forces of the OAE on a project which deftly spans three separate age groups. It will be thrilling to see the work develop across the next six months and follow the Minster Minstrels to London to represent our region at the final concert in June."

Press Contact:
Shona Galletly, on behalf of National Centre for Early Music
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Editors notes:

'Anthem for a Child' sees the innovative OAE work across the country in nine locations, to bring a series of workshops, teacher training and concerts to over 5000 children and students of all ages. The project aims not only to engage young people in musical activity, but to leave behind a lasting legacy of enthusiasm and excitement for music and music making, to 'pass on the baton' in sound.

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