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Maddy Prior
Tuesday 17 April 2018
National Centre For Early Music
A true legend of British music, Maddy Prior has built her career on exploring various musical avenues. Latest album ‘3 For Joy’ is no exception, and is a further exploration of the tradition that she loves. Together with musical partners Giles Lewin (Carnival Band) and young accordion player Hannah James (also with Lady Maisery), Maddy returns to perform the music of England, the British Isles and Eastern Europe – all delivered in her own unique style.

Toko Telo
Friday 20 April 2018
National Centre For Early Music
A dazzling all-star trio from the unique and exceptionally rich musical island of Madagascar, Toko Telo features the soulful vocals from Monika Njava and stunning guitar tapestry of D’Gary and Joël Rabesolo (the latter joining the trio when original member Regis Gizavo tragically passed away last summer). Honoured at home and acclaimed abroad, these heroes of Madagascan music come together as Toko Telo (‘group of three’) to revisit their shared southern roots. Interpreting traditional musical styles like tsapiky, jihe and beko with sublime musicianship and artistry, Toko Telo provides the perfect introduction to some of the best music that Madagascar can offer.

Trevor Pinnock & Friends
Tuesday 24 April 2018
National Centre For Early Music
Trevor Pinnock harpsichord
Matthew Truscott violin
Sophie Gent violin
Jonathan Manson cello

Following on from his 70th birthday visit to York, Trevor returns with his musical friends to present a programme of music by Froberger, Goldberg, Bach and Handel.

C. HACQUART Harmonia Parnassia Sonatorum, Op.2, No.6 in D minor for two violins, viola da gamba and continuo
J.J. FROBERGER Suite No.12 in C major for harpsichord
J.S. BACH Sonata in G major for violin and continuo
J.G. GOLDBERG Sonata in C major for two violins and continuo


D. BUXTEHUDE Sonata for violin, viola da gamba and continuo, Op.2, No.3 in G minor
J.S. BACH Two preludes and fugues from Das wohltemperierte Klavier
G.F. HANDEL Sonata in B flat major for two violins and continuo, Op.2, No.3

Snake Davies & Jess Gillam
Friday 27 April 2018
National Centre For Early Music
Soul sax-man Snake Davis teams up with rising 19-year old sax star Jess Gillam mixing classical, pop, soul and jazz pieces. Jess found the sax at 7 years old and is currently studying at Manchester’s Royal Northern College of Music where she is fast becoming established as one of the UK’s leading saxophonists. Multiple award-winner and overall runner up of BBC Young Musician of the Year 2016 she was a star soloist at the recent BBC Proms. At 19 Snake was still wondering what to do with his life. By the age of 20 the blinkers were on, head down and sax strapped almost permanently round his neck. World tours with M-People and Eurythmics followed, along with recording dates with over 400 artists from Ray Charles to Paul McCartney to Take That. Tickets
The Empty Chair
Sunday 6 May 2018
National Centre For Early Music
A mischievous musical adventure that explores the ways in which people and friendships grow and change. When out of nowhere a mysterious empty chair appears bang in the middle of a house, its inhabitants are beyond bewildered. Why does it bring a strange, sizzling silence? Who is the tip-toeing creature full of songs and secrets that longs to help? And what on earth is a BLACK HOLE doing at the front door?

The Empty Chair unfolds through playful storytelling and irresistible music for voice, cello and piano, drawn from across the ages to include works by Debussy, Couperin, Berio and Moondog, alongside new music by TROUPE.
Young Composers Award

NCEM Young Composers Award 2018
Thursday 10 May 2018
National Centre For Early Music
Hear music composed by the finalists of the 2018 NCEM Young Composers Award presented in association with BBC Radio 3 and featuring the award-winning virtuoso early music ensemble The English Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble.

This award is now in its 11th year and attracts young composers from across the UK. Finalists will work with composer Christopher Fox and The English Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble 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 group at Turner Sims, Southampton on Tuesday 30 October 2018. This concert will be recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s Early Music Show.
Another Fine Mess!
Sunday 13 May 2018
National Centre For Early Music
A Laurel and Hardy triple-bill with live music 70 mins, certificate U

The greatest comedy duo of all time in three of their craziest short films accompanied by a live band. Programme includes Battle of the Century, which features the biggest custard pie fight ever filmed!

Part of Yorkshire Silent Film Festival, taking silent film with live music to village halls, cinemas and theatres around Yorkshire every May.
Sunrise A Song Of Two Humans
Sunday 13 May 2018
National Centre For Early Music
A classic silent film with live music by harpist Elizabeth-Jane Baldry USA, 1927, 95 mins, certificate U

The great German director FW Murnau, creator of the unforgettable Nosferatu, was lured to work in Hollywood in 1926 and the result was one of silent film’s masterpieces. An intimate, emotionally complex story combined with beautiful camerawork won Sunrise three Oscars at the first Academy Awards in 1929. With live harp accompaniment, Sunrise is silent film at its most sumptuous and dramatic.

Ritchie Parrish Ritchie
Wednesday 30 May 2018
National Centre For Early Music
Canadian powerhouse folk band Tanglefoot were hugely popular in Britain in the first decade of the century, along the way appearing twice at NCEM. Survivors Steve Ritchie (guitar), Rob Ritchie (keyboards) and Al Parrish (bass), with percussionist Beaker Granger, have a sound that echoes the Tanglefoot legacy whilst expanding the envelope. Their music, storytelling and high-spirited presence displays the same blend of enthusiasm, ability and personality that made the earlier band so successful. Whether an original song of Al's, Steve's recollection of a Robert Plant version of a Dylan tune or Rob's incisive humour, all the trademark harmony, chemistry and impact are there. Tickets

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