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York Early Music Festival:Then & Now Changing Time
Saturday 8 July 2017
The National Centre For Early Music
“THEN AND NOW
CHANGING TIMES”
A performer in the very first York Early Music Week in 1977, John looks back over the first 40 years of the Festival, a period which has witnessed the discovery of previously unknown ‘early’ repertories and many changes in approaches to performance and presentation. What has driven these changes, and how have they affected our understanding of what ‘early music’ has to offer to us today?
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York Early Music Festival:The Early Music Show
Sunday 9 July 2017
The National Centre For Early Music
Join us for a live broadcast of this popular show, presented by Lucie Skeaping, and meet selected guests from the 2017 festival.
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York Early Music Festival: JS Bach Concert 1
Monday 10 July 2017
The National Centre For Early Music
KATI DEBRETZENI violin
ALISON MCGILLIVRAY cello
CAROLE CERASI harpsichord

Suite No.1 for cello in G major, BWV 1007
Partita No. 1 for violin in B minor, BWV 1002
Partita No. 3 for harpsichord in A minor, BWV 827

THE SOUL OF THE MAN

Of all Bach’s instrumental works, it is his suites, sonatas and partitas for a single unaccompanied instrument that reveal his supreme art and soul most purely. Whether for violin, cello or harpsichord, his great musical mind demonstrates a superior command of harmony, rhythm and structure, resulting in music of exquisite beauty and intellectual strength. Tickets


York Early Music Festival: JS Bach Concert 2
Monday 10 July 2017
The National Centre For Early Music
KATI DEBRETZENI violin
ALISON MCGILLIVRAY cello
CAROLE CERASI harpsichord

Suite No. 2 for cello in D minor, BWV 1008
Partita No. 1 for harpsichord in B flat major, BWV 825
Partita No. 2 for violin in D minor, BWV 1004

THE SOUL OF THE MAN

Of all Bach’s instrumental works, it is his suites, sonatas and partitas for a single unaccompanied instrument that reveal his supreme art and soul most purely. Whether for violin, cello or harpsichord, his great musical mind demonstrates a superior command of harmony, rhythm and structure, resulting in music of exquisite beauty and intellectual strength.
In a specially devised series of four concerts (see events 11, 12, 16 & 18), three of the UK’s finest exponents of his music explore a wide selection of these extraordinary masterpieces. Tickets
York Early Music Festival: The Sixteen Insight Day
Tuesday 11 July 2017
The National Centre For Early Music
Whether you are new to the Choral Pilgrimage repertoire or want to expand your existing knowledge, Insight Days provide a fascinating exploration into the stories behind the music.

Join singer and practical scholar Sally Dunkley and musicologist John Milsom for talks, debate and discussion.

Discover the rich history behind the 2017 CP repertory.

Experience intimate performances at close hand from a consort of Sixteen singers. Tickets
York Early Music Festival: Consone Quartet
Tuesday 11 July 2017
Venue: Unitarian Chapel, St Saviourgate
Agata Daraskaite, Magdalena Loth-Hill violins
Elitsa Bogdanova viola George Ross cello

MASTERS OF THEIR ART
Mozart Adagio & Fugue in C minor, K546
Mozart String Quartet in G major, K387
Haydn String Quartet in F major, Op. 50 No. 5 ‘Dream’

Haydn and Mozart were masters of one of the classical period’s brightest new genres, the string quartet, but it was often in these works that their respect and affinity for the contrapuntal textures of the Baroque are most influential, as in Mozart’s Adagio and Fugue and the dazzling counterpoint of the finale to his K387 String Quartet. The Consone Quartet pair these works with Haydn’s more clearly classical Op. 50 No. 5, known as ‘The Dream’
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York Early Music Festival: JS Bach Concert 3
Tuesday 11 July 2017
The National Centre For Early Music
KATI DEBRETZENI violin
ALISON MCGILLIVRAY cello
CAROLE CERASI harpsichord

Partita No. 3 for violin in E major, BWV 1006
Partita No. 2 for harpsichord in C minor, BWV 826
Suite No. 3 for cello in C major, BWV 1009

THE SOUL OF THE MAN

Of all Bach’s instrumental works, it is his suites, sonatas and partitas for a single
unaccompanied instrument that reveal his supreme art and soul most purely. Whether for
violin, cello or harpsichord, his great musical mind demonstrates a superior command of
harmony, rhythm and structure, resulting in music of exquisite beauty and intellectual strength.
In a specially devised series of four concerts (see events 11, 12, 16 & 18), three of the UK’s
finest exponents of his music explore a wide selection of these extraordinary masterpieces. Tickets

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York Early Music Festival: JS Bach Concert 4
Wednesday 12 July 2017
St Olave's Church, Marygate
KATI DEBRETZENI violin
ALISON MCGILLIVRAY cello
CAROLE CERASI harpsichord

Suite No. 4 for 'cello in Eb major, BWV 1010
Sonata No. 1 for violin in G minor, BWV 1001
Partita No. 6 for harpsichord in E minor, BWV 830

THE SOUL OF THE MAN

Of all Bach’s instrumental works, it is his suites, sonatas and partitas for a single unaccompanied instrument that reveal his supreme art and soul most purely. Whether for violin, cello or harpsichord, his great musical mind demonstrates a superior command of harmony, rhythm and structure, resulting in music of exquisite beauty and intellectual strength.
In a specially devised series of four concerts (see events 11, 12, 16 & 18), three of the UK’s finest exponents of his music explore a wide selection of these extraordinary masterpieces.
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International Young Artists Showcase 1
Thursday 13 July 2017
The National Centre For Early Music
The Festival is delighted to welcome 10 emerging professional early music ensembles to York as they prepare for the 2017 Competition. To help them settle in, and to ensure that you get to know them in advance of the judges, we are presenting two days of informal concerts introduced by performer and musicologist John Bryan.


International Young Artists Showcase 2
Friday 14 July 2017
The National Centre For Early Music
The Festival is delighted to welcome 10 emerging professional early music ensembles to York as they prepare for the 2017 Competition. To help them settle in, and to ensure that you get to know them in advance of the judges, we are presenting two days of informal concerts introduced by performer and musicologist John Bryan.




International Young Artists Competition
Saturday 15 July 2017
The National Centre For Early Music
The 2017 York Early Music International Young Artists Competition will be judged by violinist Margaret Faultless, Royal Academy of Music/ Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; conductor Giulio Prandi from the Ghislieri College, Pavia/ EEEmerging project; recording engineer Philip Hobbs of Linn Records; Pedro Memelsdorff, director Mala Punica and Graham Dixon, Head of Radio. European Broadcasting Union, Geneva.


Musical Play in a Week 2017: The Illuminator
Monday 14 - Friday 18 August 2017
The National Centre For Early Music
A summer week of creativity and fun for to 15 year olds! If you enjoy acting, making music (any instrument or voice) and listening to thrilling stories from the past, come and join us.

In the summer of 1516, a group of Flemish musicians arrives at the English court bearing lavish gifts, including a manuscript of wonderful new music, richly decorated in honour of Henry VIII and Queen Catherine. The singers of the Chapel Royal are overcome with excitement but it soon becomes clear that there is more to these guests than meets the eye. Is their mission, as they maintain, simply to partake in the friendly exchange of musical ideas, or does it have an alternative purpose? Henry's young musicians quickly find themselves drawn into a shady underworld of international espionage. Who can they really trust? Could the very safety of the realm be at stake?

The Musical Play in a Week is suitable for 10 - 15 year olds. No previous experience is required, just enthusiasm and commitment.

Past Summer School performers and their families have described the week as, 'the best week of the Summer holidays!'
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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
www.richarddurrant.com / www.ncem.co.uk
Tickets £16/£14/£5

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