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Luminous Night

Luminous Night
Sunday 19 May 2024
National Centre For Early Music - York - 7:30pm
An evening of evocative, cinematic music for voices, string quartet, percussion and piano, inspired by celebrated Scandinavian and American choral composers.

Prima Vocal Ensemble, an established and popular York choir renowned for their discerning, versatile and ambitious approach to choral programming, present an evening of cinematic and emotionally charged music at the National Centre for Early Music in York.

Compositions by Scandinavian and American living composers including Arvo Pärt, Frode Fjellheim, Elaine Hagenberg, Ivo Antognini, Dan Forrest amongst others, provide a sweeping and meditative musical journey with the rich choral sound of Prima accompanied by a line up of extraordinary musicians. The programme will offer a unique blend of traditional folk elements and contemporary arrangements, with a special focus on the evocative works of Ola Gjeilo, the acclaimed Scandinavian composer currently residing in America.

The highlight of the evening will be the ethereal beauty of Gjeilo's masterpieces, including the hauntingly poignant "Dark Night of the Soul" and the radiant "Luminous Night of the Soul" previously performed by Prima to a sell out audience at the iconic York Minster Chapter House.

Concert information and tickets available at: primavocalensemble.com

Tickets: Adults - £25.00
F/T Student/Child under 15 - £10.00
York Early Music Festival 2024

York Early Music Festival 2024

The York Early Music Festival was established in 1977 to celebrate music from the medieval to the baroque within an array of historic venues across the city of York. The festival is administered by the National Centre for Early Music.

In 2024, we are celebrating this wealth of musical creativity through the human voice and song, the combination prized for its power to communicate with us most directly; and through metamorphosis, the inspiration behind the creation, reimagination and reconstruction of music across time.

Guests this year include vocal ensembles The Gesualdo Six, Concerto Soave, Vox Luminis and Cappella Pratensis, while other highlights including a series of chamber concerts curated by BBC New Generation Artist and Festival Artistic Adviser Helen Charlston and her guests, who include the Consone Quartet, harpsichordist John Butt and mezzo soprano Rebecca Leggett. As for reimagination, guest artists including The Sixteen, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Gawain Glenton’s Ensemble In Echo will be revealing how much, how often and how many composers have borrowed from each other and themselves.


National Centre For Early Music, York

The National Centre for Early Music is based in a medieval church in York. Home of the internationally acclaimed York Early Music Festival, the NCEM promotes a year-round series of jazz, world, folk and early music concerts as well as a thriving education programme and Venue Hire.

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