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It’s fun for all the family this spring as the National Centre For Early Music stages shows to delight all ages.

NCEM family shows

National Centre For Early Music, St Margaret’s Church, Walmgate, York YO1 9TL

Sun Mar 26-Sun Jun 25

Various prices

More details and book

Starting on Mother’s Day with The Chimpanzees of Happy Town (Sun March 26, 11.30am & 1.30pm), Ensemble 360 make a welcomed return, this time to tell the story of the much-loved Chutney the Chimp.

Narrated by the wonderful Polly Ives, this concert is brought to life with brilliant live music and colourful projected illustrations.

There’s even the chance to practice the songs in advance with free videos and downloads at on the website. Suitable for ages 3-7 years.

Disney updated

There will be a screening of Fantasia 2000 (Sun April 30, 11.30am).

This is updated the Disney classic with stunning animation set against great music including Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, Carnival of the Animals and the original Sorcerer’s Apprentice featuring Mickey Mouse. Suitable for 7-11 years.

Zapp and boing

The NCEM also welcomes back the extraordinarily talented percussionist Gary Hammond, who still records with the Beautiful South.

Bim, Bang, Boing! (Sun June 4, 11.30am) is Gary’s musical adventure and he will entertain with a huge variety of unusual percussion instruments, including waterphone, vibratone, buzz bow, airpipes and bird whistles from all corners of the world! Suitable for 3-7 years.

Master of all these odd instruments, and more: Gary Hammond. Photograph: Jim Poyner Photography

Last, but not least, hot from the London Jazz Festival, Dave Kane bassist and Oliver Dover saxophone play Dr Zapp and Dr Zamm, magical musical scientists from the future who will entertain with their Jazz for Toddlers (Sun 25 June, 11.30am) concert.

Expect a playful and friendly atmosphere proving you are never too young to love jazz. Suitable for 2-5 years old.

More information about all family friendly concerts including ticket prices (look out for special family tickets which include 2 adults and 2 young people) and booking information is available here.

Tickets to win

We are giving away two family tickets (two adults and two children) for The Chimpanzees of Happy Town to the first two people who email the NCEM Box Office at boxoffice@ncem.co.uk and give the name of the author who wrote the show.

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