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Wednesday 3 May 2017
The National Centre For Early Music
Fiddles, guitar, accordion, bagpipes and step dancing explode into life when this energetic young band from Wales takes the stage. Five virtuoso musicians breathe fire into the old traditions with their infectious rhythms and high voltage routines before melting into beautiful and haunting songs which explore the legends of Wales with tales of fairies and magic, myth and mischief. Calan are introducing a new generation of listeners to Welsh traditional music as they tour widely across the UK and into Europe, North America and beyond, with their musicianship and huge sense of humour making for an outstanding show. They are supported tonight by special guest, singer-songwriter Dan Wilde.
Compagnia d'Istrumenti
Saturday 6 May 2017
The National Centre For Early Music
Farina Capriccio Stravagante
Telemann Gulliver Suite
Schmelzer Lamento sopra la Morte Ferdinand III
Froberger Lamentation faite sur la mort très douloureuse de Sa Majesté, Impériale, Ferdinand III

Carlo Farina’s 1627 Capriccio Stravagante uses four violin-family instruments to mimic other instruments such as trumpets, shawms, organs, and guitars. Telemann’s 1728 Gulliver Suite mimics characters from Swift’s tale only two years after it was published. We hear depictions of Gulliver, the Lilliputians, giants, sleep and concludes with the civilised and the barbaric. Included also are two Laments for Ferdinand III, Emperor of Austria and employer of Schmelzer and Froberger.

This Baroque Day of three concerts focusses on the use of music to tell stories and to express emotions - a popular concept in the 17th and 18th centuries, although the term ‘programme music’ was not in use for another century. The music includes famous examples of musical storytelling by Telemann and Biber and also contrasts Laments written for instruments alone with those for accompanied voice.

Martin Taylor with Alison Burns
Sunday 7 May 2017
The National Centre For Early Music
Multi-award winning guitarist Martin Taylor and Scottish-Canadian jazz singer Alison Burns highlight the Grammy-award winning collaboration between Ella Fitzgerald and jazz guitarist Joe Pass. Taylor and Burns will present a concert inspired by the intimate 1960's duo recordings of Joe Pass and Ella Fitzgerald.
Martin has collaborated with artists including Tommy Emmanuel, Jamie Cullum and Bill Wyman, has a BBC lifetime achievement award, and a record 14 British Jazz Awards! Alison’s debut album, ‘Kissing Bug’, was the first album by a Scottish jazz singer to reach the Jazz Top 10. She has performed all over the world and guested with The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and BBC Big Band.

NCEM Young Composers Award 2017
Thursday 11 May 2017
The National Centre For Early Music
Hear music composed by the finalists of the 2017 NCEM Young Composers Award presented in association with BBC Radio 3 and The Tallis Scholars. This award is now in its 10th year and attracts young composers from across the UK. Finalists will work with composer Christopher Fox and York’s Ebor Singers to prepare their pieces for this public performance. The winners will be announced on the night and the winning pieces will be performed by The Tallis Scholars at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester in September and recorded for broadcast by BBC Radio 3.

Tall Tales and Incredible Journeys
Sunday 14 May 2017
The National Centre For Early Music
Take a journey into the impossible with this collection of short fantasy films, some exquisitely hand coloured, by two of early cinema’s most extraordinary talents. Includes George Méliès’ famous 1902 adventure, A Trip to the Moon.

Live musical accompaniment from Elizabeth-Jane Baldry harp and Jonathan Best piano Trevor Bartlett percussion.
Certificate U

The Lodger
Sunday 14 May 2017
The National Centre For Early Music
A serial killer – nicknamed The Avenger - is on the loose in London and the city is on high alert. Meanwhile, the mysterious new lodger at the home of Mr and Mrs Bunting starts to attract suspicion. Could he be the man police are hunting for?

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Live harp score by Elizabeth-Jane Baldry
Jacqui Dankworth & Charlie Wood
Saturday 3 June 2017
The National Centre For Early Music
The award-winning vocalist Jacqui Dankworth is joined onstage by her husband – acclaimed American pianist-vocalist, Charlie Wood, for a unique concert of duet arrangements celebrating a century of song. Inspired by some of the great musical partnerships, such as Ray Charles and Betty Carter, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, George and Ira Gershwin, Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway and James Taylor and Carole King, this concert features numbers including ‘Alone Together’, ‘Autumn In New York’, ‘It Don’t Mean A Thing’, ‘A Foggy Day’, ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’, ‘You’ve Got a Friend’ and other favourites.

Bim, Bang, Boing!
Sunday 4 June 2017
The National Centre For Early Music
Gary Hammond, former percussionist with the Beautiful South, entertains with a huge variety of percussion instruments, including Waterphone, vibratone, buzz bow, airpipes and bird whistles from all corners of the world. From groove to soundscape with instruments you may never have seen, come along and enter this amazing sound world! Tickets
A Night at the Movies with ASFF
Friday 9 June 2017
The National Centre For Early Music
The BAFTA Qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival presents a selection of outstanding films from the 2016 edition. This showcase features the 2015 People’s Choice winner ‘Acoustic Kitty’ followed by a Q&A with Director Jennifer Sheridan and Producer Adam Shakinovsky.
Other films screened will include the People’s Choice Winner Stephen Parker’s drama ‘Dust and Resin’, chosen for its perception-altering narrative; Daina O. Pusic’s comedy ‘Rhonna & Donna’, winner of the newly established Northern Film School Award for Best Screenplay, a dynamic tale of conflict and resolution; ‘Mr Madila’ directed by Rory Waudby-Tolley, featuring a series of conversations between the filmmaker and a gifted spiritual healer, exploring the fabric of the universe through animation; ‘Elders’, a documentary by Glen Milner which tells the story of Karim and Katari Chand who, after leaving India for the industrial north of England in the 1960s, never imagined they would have longest marriage in the world! ASFF 2017 will take place from 9-12 November.

John Williams, John Etheridge & Gary Ryan
Thursday 15 June 2017
The National Centre For Early Music
After many years of playing together the internationally renowned John Williams and John Etheridge are excited to announce that the classical guitarist and composer Gary Ryan is joining them in a colourful and varied programme of solos, duets and trios.

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