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Record Breaking Number of Concerts at the NCEM this Season!

This will be a bumper season with 26 concerts featuring world-class musicians of the highest calibre performing folk, world, jazz, electronic, contemporary, early music and offering an eclectic feast of sounds.

Due to popular demand the folk programme has expanded this season and the NCEM continues to work closely with The Black Swan Folk Club. Voted Singer of the Year in the BBC Folk Awards 2012, June Tabor (Thurs 21 Mar, 7.30pm) makes a welcome return with her quartet - having toured for the last few years with Oysterband - to perform songs from her most recent album 'Ashore'.

Look out for the solo performance from Show of Hands Steve Knightley (Fri 15 Feb, 7.30pm) who is renowned for his strong narrative songs reflecting life in his native West Country. In March, York Literature Festival, working in association with the Black Swan Folk Club, present Martin Carthy & Peter Robinson (Tues 19 Mar 7.30pm) with a Crimes and Ballads evening, fusing story-telling and music. Peter Robinson is known for his Inspector Banks crime stories set in the fictional Yorkshire town of Eastvale. Voted Group Of The Year in the Live Ireland Awards 2012,The Outside Track (Fri 12 Apr, 7.30pm) featuring musicians from Canada, Scotland and Ireland unite with their love of Celtic Music. Union Jill (Sat 11 May, 7.30pm) will launch their new album 'Respectable Rebellion' featuring Sharon Winfield and Helen Turner with a mix of acoustic guitars and mandola with edgy song writing. Globe-trotting fiddle players who perform with the Celtic Fiddle Festival (Mon 3 June, 7.30pm) join us as part of their 20th Anniversary Tour and The Foresters will be performing their melodic blend of folk, country and pop, laced with humour, for 40 years are joined by singer/songwriter Stan Graham (Wed 3 July, 7.30pm).

Brass players will enjoy the Glaswegian four-piece band Brass Jaw (Fri 17 May, 7.30pm), voted 'Ensemble Of The Year' in the 2011 Parliamentary Jazz Awards and who play without a traditional rhythm section and create a unique sound. A Celebration of Edith Piaf, France's most beloved entertainer, is the theme for Tina May (Fri 7 June, 7.30pm) and her all-female group who capture the magic of Piaf with classics including La Vie En Rose, Hymne à L'Amour and Non je ne regrette rien. The astonishing talented cellist and composer Ayanna, (Fri 28 June, 7.30pm) the first non-American to win the legendary Amateur Night Live at the Harlem Apollo will round up the jazz series (Ayanna supported Robert Fonseca at the York Theatre Royal last year).

The world music continues with our Making Tracks series which this season with a special buy-one get-one free offer, features the Yiddish Twist Orchestra (Tues 26 Feb, 7.30pm) with an all-star East Band playing bold and brassy musical fusions of rock guitar, West Indian calypso, mambo, skiffle and Jewish folk melodies and Johanna Juhola (Tues16 April, 7.30pm) a charismatic Finnish accordionist who conjures up a magical world that blends Buenos Aires tango halls with forest-dark Finnish landscapes.

The thundering and exhilarating rhythms of Taiko visit the NCEM with the Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers and The Way of the Drum (Thurs 14 March, 7.30pm); listen to the cosmopolitan flavours including klezmer, Balkan, Middle Eastern and Celtic sounds from Scottish band Moishe's Bagel (Fri 26 April, 7.30pm) and finally chill out with multi-award winning guitarist-composer Antonio Forcione (Sun 2 June, 7.30pm) with music from his newly released album 'Sketches of Africa'.

There is a chance to Come and Play: The Recorder and Gamelan this season with two separate workshops: The Recorder workshop (Sat 26 Jan, 1.30pm) as part of the York Residents Festival 2013 with the Minster Minstrels followed by a public concert at 4.00pm and Come and Play: The Gamelan (Sat 20 Apr 10.30am - 12.00pm and 2.00pm - 3.30pm) the traditional Indonesian Gamelan with community musician Emily Crossland.

Working with the University of York, the NCEM presents two concerts as part of the Festival of Ideas. Music as Architecture (Thurs 13 June, 7.30pm) directed by Ambrose Field with students of the University of York Creative Performance Project in an evening soundscape of music, performance and video giving an unusual musical perspective on York's famous historic architecture and From south to north: A vocal π (Mon 24 June, 7.30pm) featuring David Howard, presenter of BBC4 TV's 'Voice' and 'Castrato' programmes, with members of the Audio Research Laboratory at the University of York take the audience on a journey 'from south to north' exploring our voices from lungs to head!

To mark JS Bach's birthday - and the first day of spring - the NCEM invites you to the first-ever European Day of Early Music (Thurs 21 March, 1.00pm) in the company of Robert Hollingworth and students from the University of York and continuing the early music theme the ZRI (Sun 23 June, 7.30pm) project explores Brahms and the Gypsy and music of Vienna.

Working with BBC Radio 3 and Florilegium, the 6th annual national NCEM Composers Award Finalists Concert (Sat 27 April, 7.30pm) can be heard in York. The winning pieces will be performed in Bath Abbey in June 2013.

Delma Tomlin, Director of the National Centre for Early Music commented: "It's a fantastic season with so much variety. Our venue continues to attract world-class musicians and gives our audience the opportunity to hear them in an intimate space and chat to performers at the end of a concert."

This season has been funded by the Arts Council England, Yorkshire with support from the City of York Council. To book tickets visit www.ncem.co.uk and use the secure on-line booking system or contact the Box Office on 01904 658338.

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