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Richard Durrant

Richard Durrant 'Stringhenge' Concert at NCEM York
Friday 22 September 2017
National Centre For Early Music, Walmgate, York,
Richard Durrant has an international reputation as one of the great guitarists of his generation. Since studying at the Royal College of Music he has pursued both performance and composition and kept his ever faithful, ever expanding audience close to his music with his unpretentious manner and natural skills of communication. Richard is as comfortable performing the classical guitar at the Royal Albert Hall as he is giving a Ukulele concert in the wilds of Paraguay or the smallest, English village hall Richard’s adventures have allowed him to dip in and out of the worlds of classical, folk, world and jazz. His honesty and passion for music pervades everything he chooses to do and audiences across the world are charmed by his spirit.

His new show STRINGHENGE is acoustic music inspired by the British Isles, featuring the Uffington Tenor Guitar, built in Sussex and a six string Concert Guitar, built in Lincolnshire and made from 5,000 year old English oak, exploring unplugged music on the folk/classical cusp. Says Richard: “This guitar has an almost sacred presence and Stringhenge grew out of my relationship with it. It lead me to commission the Uffington Tenor Guitar from Ian Chisholm, to write loads of new music and to gather the images for an entirely new show.”
Stringhenge is as beautifully produced and richly visual as any of Durrant’s tours of recent years. It’s also unplugged allowing you to hear and feel the vibrations of the wood in these incredible guitars. Durrant plays them brilliantly and is a clever weaver of intriguing tales. It’s real roots music linking the neolithic to the 21st century.
“When I’m up on the Sussex Downs I often wish that I could look inside the hills. When I play music it’s almost as if I can” adds Richard /
Tickets £16/£14/£5
Tuesday 10 October 2017
National Centre For Early Music
Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin
Plus support act The Little Unsaid

Edgelarks is the new name for slide guitarist Phillip Henry and fiddle-singer Hannah Martin. They met in 2009, instantly recognised a powerful musical connection and have performed together ever since. Spotted busking by Steve Knightley, they were invited to accompany Show Of Hands on a breakthrough tour, culminating at the Royal Albert Hall. Subsequently voted Best Duo at the 2014 BBC Folk Awards (and nominated again in 2016), they have released several acclaimed albums and now change their stage name to match latest project Edgelarks. The alchemy of Hannah's evocative songwriting and fiddle and banjo playing and Henry’s much extolled skills on dobro, lap-steel and harmonica creates a wholly distinctive sound - songs of lament, tunes of hope, music burgeoning with ideas and imagery.

Moishe's Bagel
Friday 13 October 2017
National Centre For Early Music
Thrillingly original cutting-edge klezmer and folk music from some of Scotland’s finest musicians. An intoxicating, life-affirming mix of Eastern European dance music, Middle Eastern rhythms and virtuoso performances. Formed in Edinburgh in 2003, Moishe’s Bagel combines the energy and passion of world folk music with the excitement of improvisation. Boasting some of the best instrumentalists that Scotland has to offer (Salsa Celtica, Camille O’Sullivan, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Eliza Carthy, Scottish National Jazz Orchestra), they are equally at home jamming in a late night jazz den, grooving at a forest festival, or enthralling an upmarket concert hall.

Tommy Foggo Superhero
Sunday 15 October 2017
National Centre For Early Music
A magical multi-media tale of a life saved by music Tommy Foggo and his Cello are a superhero duo. Follow them on their epic adventures and watch them overcome impossible odds – and they like to sing a tune and share the fun with their friends on the way!
Tommy’s mum had told him to wait for her at the bus stop and never showed up again, he had been stuck there for a zillion years – even after been taken to live in the children’s home. Then one day he ran away to the seaside. He was looking for an Italian ice-cream but, instead he found Destino, a talking Cello with a mission! Join them as they recruit a gang of young helpers to travel with them through time and space to find the Queen of Lost Atlantis and save her people from the giant, venomous and cold-blooded Kraken of the Deep!

Presented by international and extraordinary cellist, singer and actor Matthew Sharp composed and written by Stephen Deazley and Martin Riley and based on a true story.

Eduardo Niebla
Friday 20 October 2017
National Centre For Early Music
Guitar virtuoso and composer Eduardo is joined by the brilliant guitarist Daniel Martinez Lopez, offering audiences an amazing opportunity to hear world-class guitar playing at its very best. The virtuoso Spanish guitarist makes music that transcends genres and crosses barriers; brilliant flamenco jazz fusion, exquisitely performed, full of passion and verve. Eduardo's impressive list of collaborations includes Nishat Khan (sitar), Lol Coxhill (sax), The Dante String Quartet and George Michael, as well as concert tours around the globe.

"A stunning collection of originals...showing what Jelly Roll Morton called 'the Spanish tinge' is still a potent force". (Jazz UK)

“Poignantly poetic... and truly breathtaking” (SCOTSMAN)

“Exquisite guitar playing” (GUARDIAN)
The Ballad of Shirley Collins
Sunday 22 October 2017
National Centre For Early Music
The Ballad of Shirley Collins (UK, 2017, 94”)
Preceded by music from Two Black Sheep and a Stallion

From championing the folk music of Sussex and collecting traditional music in the US to her involvement in The Albion Band, Shirley Collins was an icon of the 60s and 70s folk music scene before mysteriously losing her voice and retiring from performance. This documentary explores her story and chronicles her battle to rediscover that voice.
Bella Hardy
Tuesday 24 October 2017
National Centre For Early Music
Support Act Joshua Burnell

This York St John graduate first come to prominence as a teenage fiddle player before developing into a great vocalist and increasingly accomplished songwriter. After being named BBC Folk Singer of the Year in 2014 she issued the widely praised album With The Dawn and follows that up this autumn with brand new release Hey Sammy. In the interim she has had extended stays in China and in America, toured widely with Mary Chapin Carpenter and represented Britain at Womex, all the while with fiddles and notebooks to hand to work on new songs. Showcasing that new material, together with a selection from her rich back-catalogue, Bella is joined tonight by Thomas Gibbs at the NCEM’s concert grand piano and Anna Massie on guitar

Bollywood Jazz
Friday 27 October 2017
National Centre For Early Music
Supriya Nagarajan vocals
James Cave keyboard
Matt Redman guit /multi-instrumentalist
Beau Stocker drums

Bollywood Jazz is an amazing new Indo-Jazz music fusion that has been inspired by the songs and instrumental music of Bollywood films. Re-imagining the songs, creating new versions, giving space to improvisation and musical departures is what Bollywood Jazz is about. Audiences can expect something riotously unique!
Elin Manahan

York Early Music Christmas Festival 2017: Event 01
Friday 8 December 2017
Venue: The National Centre For Early Music
Now Winter Comes Slowly

Join Elin Manahan Thomas and Elizabeth Kenny for a festive programme of wintry favourites. Featuring scenes from Purcell's Fairy Queen and King Arthur, hymns to the Virgin, celebratory Christmas songs by Bach and Scarlatti, and traditional carols and Noels. Elin and Elizabeth’s popular alliance will sprinkle some musical magic on a dark winter’s night.

“Sublimely sung” Gramophone
Friday 8 December 2017
National Centre For Early Music
Bach: A Musical Offering

Carlota Garcia flute
Izana Soria violin
Edouard Catalan cello
Ganael Schneider harpsichord

The winners of the 2017 York Early Music Festival International Young Artist's Competition perform Bach's unique gift to Frederick the Great - a beautiful set of rich fugues, ingenious canons and an elegant trio sonata - in a special concert given as part of BBC Radio 3's 'A Bach Christmas' season.
Chiaroscuro Quartet

York Early Music Christmas Festival 2017: Event 02
Saturday 9 December 2017
The National Centre For Early Music

Haydn’Seek Op.76

Event 02 Sat 9th 11.30am - c.12.30pm
Venue NCEM, St Margaret’s Church, Walmgate, YO1 9TL
Tickets £16.00 (concessions £14.00) including mince pies and coffee.
Haydn String Quartets in B flat major, Op.76, No.4 'Sunrise' & D minor, Op.76, No.2 'Fifths'

York Early Music Christmas Festival 2017: Event 03
Saturday 9 December 2017
The National Centre For Early Music
Haydn'Seek: Chiaroscuro Quartet

Haydn String Quartets in C major, Op.76, No.3 'Emperor' & E flat major , Op.76, No.6

York Early Music Christmas Festival 2017: Event 06
Sunday 10 December 2017
The National Centre For Early Music
Haydn'Seek: Chiaroscuro Quartet

Haydn String Quartets in G major, Op.76, No.1 & D major, Op.76, No.5 'Largo'

York Early Music Christmas Festival 2017: Event 08
Sunday 10 December 2017
The National Centre For Early Music

Alleluia Nativitas
A Medieval Christmas and New Year

Travelling from hauntingly spiritual music written a thousand years ago via spectacular pieces from the 13th and 14th centuries, the Orlando Consort arrives at serene and beautiful works from the early years of the Renaissance. This programme presents inventive, sophisticated and irresistible Christmas music for both courtly and church settings with music by Perotin, Dufay, Clemens non Papa and anon!

York Early Music Christmas Festival 2017: Event 09
Monday 11 December 2017
The National Centre For Early Music

Make We Merthe! Blowing the dust off medieval song and bringing seasonal cheer to Yuletide, Joglaresa's Christmas concerts are a romp through the carols of Christmas past. With fidel, harp, bells and voices Joglaresa ring in Christmas and New Year.

"sound scholarship, a combined experience of many musical cultures, and a spirited delivery of stories” Early Music Today

York Early Music Christmas Festival 2017: Event 10
Tuesday 12 December 2017
The National Centre For Early Music
The Ebor Singers With Chelys Consort Of Viols
Verse Anthems and Carols from the English Civil War.

Amidst the fighting to secure his kingdom, Charles I still continued to celebrate the festive season, while Parliament did its best to abolish Christmas Day, 'the Old heathen's Feasting Day, in honour to Saturn their Idol-God, the Papist's Massing Day, the True Christian Man's Fasting Day'. Join us as we enjoy seasonal music from his war-torn court, with music by Jeffreys, Jenkins, William and Henry Lawes, Gibbons, Dering and Byrd.
The York Waits

York Early Music Christmas Festival 2017: Event 11
Wednesday 13 December 2017
The National Centre For Early Music
The York Waits
Goday My Lord Sir Christemas
A Celebration of English medieval and Tudor music for the Festive Season

Join The Waits to explore the wonderfully varied range of Advent and Christmas music from the 15th to the early 16th centuries. The noyse of shawms and sackbuts, bagpipes and hurdy gurdy herald the arrival of Yule, while fiddles, harp, gittern and low recorders accompany some familiar and other less well known songs and carols that demonstrate how our ancestors greeted winter and the story of the Nativity. Tickets

York Early Music Christmas Festival: Event 12
Saturday 16 December 2017
Where: The National Centre For Early Music

The Society Of Strange And Ancient Instruments
The Longest Night
In Norway the festival of Lussinatten celebrates the longest night of the year. Legend has it that on this night, Lussi, a feared enchantress, punishes anyone who dares to work, and from Lussinatten until Christmas, spirits, gnomes and trolls roam the Earth. Join us to celebrate with devilish tunes, ancient Irish, Norwegian and English folk carols and other festive musical treats. Tickets

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