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York, YO1 9TL United Kingdom

December 2019

Solomon’s Knot

Sat Dec 7 @ 6.30 pm - 8.30 pm
National Centre for Early Music St Margaret's Church Walmgate
York, YO1 9TL United Kingdom
£23.00 – £25.00

Festive music from 17th-century France Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643 –1704) In nativitatem Domini canticum H.416  Pastorale sur la naissance de notre seigneur Jésus-Christ H.483 Making their much-anticipated debut at the York Christmas festival, Solomon’s Knot embraces the evocative sounds of these two masterpieces as angels and shepherds share their joy in anticipation of the arrival of Christ. Some of the most beautiful music ever composed for the festive season. Solomon’s Knot is one of the most exciting baroque groups on today’s…

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Palisander

Sun Dec 8 @ 12.30 pm - 1.30 pm
National Centre for Early Music St Margaret's Church Walmgate
York, YO1 9TL United Kingdom
£12.00 – £14.00

A Yuletyde Eve The way we celebrate Christmas has changed immeasurably over the last 500 years, but seasonal music remains a constant. Join this award-winning ensemble as they return to the NCEM after their acclaimed presentation in March, bringing to life festive music of the Renaissance, on recorders of all shapes and sizes. The concert includes works by Praetorius and Tye, as well as some more familiar carols. “Early Music’s very own Spice Girls” Lake District Summer Music

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The Gesualdo Six

Sun Dec 8 @ 6.30 pm - 8.30 pm
National Centre for Early Music St Margaret's Church Walmgate
York, YO1 9TL United Kingdom
£23.00

Videte Miraculum Advent is a time of mystery, reflection and wonder. Videte Miraculum takes you on a magical musical journey through the ages and across borders, weaving well-known Christmas carols, such as ‘Es ist ein Ros entsprungen’ by Praetorius, seamlessly into highlights from the 21st century, including Owain Park’s luscious ‘On the Infancy of our Saviour’. The Gesualdo Six adds an international flavour to your Christmas celebrations, showing the true, universal nature of this very special time of year. “One…

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Boxwood & Brass

Mon Dec 9 @ 7.30 pm - 9.30 pm
National Centre for Early Music St Margaret's Church Walmgate
York, YO1 9TL United Kingdom
£23.00

A Georgian Country House Christmas Military Quintets (Dublin, c. 1770) Quintet from The Clarinet Instructor Select Pieces for a Military Band Johann Christian Bach (1735-1782) attr. John Mahon (c.1748-1834) James Brookes (1760–c.1813) Christmas in late-18th century England was a time for the upper classes to give lavish balls and parties at their country estates. Period wind ensemble Boxwood & Brass presents a taste of the elegant and diverting music that accompanied the festivities. Our ‘Band of Musick’, a traditional Georgian…

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Joglaresa

Tue Dec 10 @ 7.30 pm - 9.30 pm
National Centre for Early Music St Margaret's Church Walmgate
York, YO1 9TL United Kingdom
£23.00

Sing we Yule Celebrate Yule effervescently with Joglaresa - and chase out the chill from the Celtic fringes of Europe - with traditional carols and wassails from Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales. Enduringly popular with NCEM audiences, Joglaresa rings in Christmas and New Year with carols, lullabies, dance tunes and wassails. “never a dull moment… brilliantly off-kilter” BBC Music Magazine

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Fieri Consort

Wed Dec 11 @ 6.30 pm - 8.30 pm
National Centre for Early Music St Margaret's Church Walmgate
York, YO1 9TL United Kingdom
£23.00

The shepherds of Bethlehem Giovanni Girolamo Kapsperger Take a trip to Rome on Christmas Eve in the year 1629, where a performance of Kapsperger’s oratorio The Shepherds of Bethlehem is taking place in the lavishly decorated Vatican palace. With a libretto by the future Pope Clement IX, this Christmas Play tells the story of the nativity through solos, duets, trios and full choruses, interspersed with instrumental and vocal pieces by Kapsperger and his contemporaries. Winners of the Cambridge Early Music…

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Ceruleo

Thu Dec 12 @ 7.30 pm - 9.30 pm
National Centre for Early Music St Margaret's Church Walmgate
York, YO1 9TL United Kingdom
£23.00

Burying the Dead written by Clare Norburn directed by Thomas Guthrie lighting by Pitch Black costumes by Hannah Pearson Burying the Dead is a new theatre show for the 21st century which takes the audience on a fictional journey inside the head of composer Henry Purcell. Purcell is in his final illness, suffering from the feverish dream-like hallucinations in which the past, present and fantasy collide, and his songs take on a life of their own, moving from the theatre of his mind to the actual…

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Fretwork

Fri Dec 13 @ 6.30 pm - 8.30 pm
National Centre for Early Music St Margaret's Church Walmgate
York, YO1 9TL United Kingdom
£25.00

From Virgin’s Womb Asako Morikawa, Joanna Levine, Sam Stadlen, Emily Ashton, Richard Boothby viols with Helen Charlston mezzo-soprano The Elizabethans enjoyed Christmas much as we do today, both as a religious event - a time of rejoicing and reflection - and as a time of drunkenness and misbehaviour. Whatever their mood, songs, accompanied by viols, were very popular and this beautiful programme interweaves the famous In Nomines of William Byrd around a seasonal mix of music by Holborne, Peerson, Weelkes…

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The Mellstock Band

Sat Dec 14 @ 1.00 pm - 2.00 pm
National Centre for Early Music St Margaret's Church Walmgate
York, YO1 9TL United Kingdom
£17.00

Christmas Frolics An uproarious celebration of dance, drink and general misbehaviour as carried on at Christmas in many villages until about a hundred years ago - along with sobering admonitions from puritans, parsons and angels. Alongside the revelry are carols dedicated to dancing, bellringing and cider, and the Devil’s own tunes, with parsons and preachers caught in the crossfire. The stories and poems come from Thomas Hardy and William Barnes. With songs, tunes and tales from Hardy’s Wessex, in period…

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A Winter Union

Mon Dec 16 @ 7.30 pm - 9.30 pm
National Centre for Early Music St Margaret's Church Walmgate
York, YO1 9TL United Kingdom
£14.00 – £16.00

Now in its 5th year this is a festive folk band like no other. From five leading lights of the British Roots scene, expect soaring vocals and exquisite musicianship as the band delight with a repertoire of folk songs from across the Yuletide traditions. Glorious wassails, fresh arrangements of traditional carols both well-loved and little-known, and original songs heralding the joys of the season. A Winter Union features folk award nominees Katriona Gilmore (mandolin, fiddle, vocals) and Jamie Roberts (vocals…

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The York Waits

Thu Dec 19 @ 7.30 pm - 9.30 pm
National Centre for Early Music St Margaret's Church Walmgate
York, YO1 9TL United Kingdom
£21.00 – £23.00

The start of Christmas was traditionally announced at the entrances to York on 21st December, St Thomas’s  Day, with the reading by the Sheriffs, with the Wait’s shawm band in attendance, of the Yoole-girthol. This proclamation declared an amnesty to all nere-do-wells and unthrifty folk, and invited Twelve Days of merriment in the City. The Waits recreate this atmosphere with Festive songs, carols and celebratory music from across medieval and renaissance England and Europe, performed on loud and quiet wind…

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February 2020

March 2020

Roopa Panesar

Fri, March 6 @ 7.30 pm - 9.30 pm
National Centre for Early Music St Margaret's Church Walmgate
York, YO1 9TL United Kingdom
£14.00 – £16.00

NAYIKA: The woman, the heroine. Join Roopa Panesar, one of this generation’s finest sitarists, in an exploration of the feminine rasas (essences) in some of the most beloved raags of Indian classical music. Delve into the varied shades of the feminine experience from devotion to vivacity, yearning and fortitude, as Roopa weaves her way through intense, profound, and contradictory moments of the female existence. Using classical frameworks as a medium in the historical setting of the National Centre for Early…

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Shiraz: A Romance of India

Sun, March 8 @ 7.30 pm - 9.00 pm
National Centre for Early Music St Margaret's Church Walmgate
York, YO1 9TL United Kingdom
£8.00 – £10.00

Franz Osten | 1928 UK/Germany/India | 105” | cert U Based on the romance between 17th-century Mughal ruler Shah Jahan and his queen, this silent epic tells the tale behind the creation of one of the world’s most iconic buildings: the Taj Mahal. Filmed in India, the lavish costumes and gorgeous settings are seen at their most impressive in this recent BFI restoration which features a score by Anoushka Shankar

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Urban Folk Quartet

Mon, March 9 @ 7.30 pm - 9.30 pm
National Centre for Early Music St Margaret's Church Walmgate
York, YO1 9TL United Kingdom
£15.00 – £17.00

UFQ has ignited audiences across the world with its cross-genre contemporary take on folk music for the past 10 years. Rooted in Celtic tune forms and traditional song, UFQ also take influence from Afrobeat, Indian classical, funk, rock and a whole lot more. Featuring Joe Broughton fiddle, guitar, mandolin, Paloma Trigás fiddle, vocals, Tom Chapman cajón, percussion, vocals and Dan Walsh banjo, guitar, vocals, their show is a multi-instrumental spectacle of high-energy virtuosity. “A sizzling hot ensemble who fuse folk…

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Steven Devine

Sat, March 21 @ 1.00 pm - 2.00 pm
National Centre for Early Music St Margaret's Church Walmgate
York, YO1 9TL United Kingdom
£14.00 – £16.00

Early Music Day 2020 J.S.Bach  The Well-Tempered Clavier: Book 1 Join us as we celebrate the European Day of Early Music in the company of renowned harpsichordist Steven Devine – co-principal keyboard of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and a recent recruit to the York Early Music Festival advisory team. “fantastic touch and élan” Gramophone

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Moishe’s Bagel

Fri, March 27 @ 7.30 pm - 9.30 pm
National Centre for Early Music St Margaret's Church Walmgate
York, YO1 9TL United Kingdom
£16.00 – £18.00

Moishe's Bagel returns with its thrillingly original cutting-edge klezmer and folk music. An intoxicating, life-affirming mix of Eastern European dance music, Middle Eastern rhythms and virtuoso performances. Formed in Edinburgh in 2003, Moishe's Bagel continues to combine the energy and passion of world folk with the excitement and soul of improvisation. Boasting some of the best instrumentalists that Scotland has to offer (Grit Orchestra, Salsa Celtica, Scottish National Jazz Orchestra), the band will draw you in, turn you inside out,…

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Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham

Sun, March 29 @ 7.30 pm - 9.30 pm
National Centre for Early Music St Margaret's Church Walmgate
York, YO1 9TL United Kingdom
£20.00 – £22.00

Having toured together since 1986 to packed concert halls all over the world, this legendary Scottish folk duo continues to charm audiences with their stunning music, and on-stage charisma that defies description. Witty and humorous banter sits alongside tunes that tug the heartstrings, and joyous reels and melodies that have feet tapping along at their ever-popular concerts. The pair have recorded many highly acclaimed albums in their thirty years together including two ‘Best of’ collections. Together they are simply the…

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May 2020

Masumi Yamamoto

Sat, May 2 @ 3.00 pm - 6.00 pm
National Centre for Early Music St Margaret's Church Walmgate
York, YO1 9TL United Kingdom
£3 – £14

Masumi Yamamoto was a prize winner at the International Harpsichord Competition in Bruges and holds a PhD from the University of York

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