As we sink into the winter months The National Centre for Early Music has a warming offer on recording sessions at our beautiful St. Margaret's Church in York: 30% off the standard hire day rate on any booking taking place until 31st of March 2013.
Together with the stunning natural acoustics of this inspiring space, few other Medieval churches could offer such a warm welcome at this time of year. Renovated to an exceptional standard in 2000, the space boasts triple glazing, silent underfloor heating, dedicated artists facilities, soundproofing and acoustic treatment to tailor your sound.
As a concert venue for 180 people the space suits more intimate ensembles perfectly. Either for live recordings or for studio sessions the space adapts well and allows you to shut out the world and focus on creating beautiful work.
With a range of well maintained early music keyboard instruments (more details here); there is little to complicate your time or arrangements. We are able to offer a range of support services too from session engineers to catering and accommodation.
The venue is well used by a wide variety of early music specialists (as well as jazz, folk and contemporary musicians) and recordings this past year include John Potter and Christopher O'Gorman (Hyperion) and Profeti della Quinta - winners of the 2011 York Early Music International Young Artists Competition (Linn).
BBC Radio 3 use the NCEM to broadcast live their annual Early Music Show from York and artists recorded by BBC Radio 3 for broadcast in 2012 include countertenor Iestyn Davies, Phantasm, Gallicantus with lutenist Elizabeth Kenny with artists for 2013 already booked to include Paul O'Dette, Ensemble Medusa with Patrizia Bovi and Fabio Bonizonni.
The BBC Music Magazine's review of John Potter & Christopher O'Gormans 'Conductus - Music and Poetry from Thirteenth Century France' Recording (autumn 2012) gives great testament to the value of the church here at the NCEM:
'Conductus proves that ascetic simplicity can be as deeply moving and aesthetically breath-taking as the most complex, heart-on-sleeve music ... It's hardly necessary to mention that the performances are superb, their precise diction well-served by Jeremy Summerly's production and Julian Millard's engineering. The sound is intimate yet resonant, closely-focused and detailed yet with an ambience vividly suggesting spaciousness' (BBC Music Magazine)
If you'd like to take advantage of our 30% discount on our daily hire rate (reducing the venue fees to £280 +VAT!) do please get in touch, we'd love to hear from you. Contact: email@example.com or 01904 632220.