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New Website for NCEM to start a new season!

13 January 2010

The award-winning National Centre for Early Music in York today launches a brand new website to co-incide with the launch of the Spring/Summer season and its 10th anniversary.

The comprehensive and extensive website has been designed by West Yorkshire based One to One Productions and incorporates the many different facets of work under the NCEM's large umbrella. Site highlights include for the first time a nation-wide Early Music Directory, the facility to book tickets on-line and to select reserved seating for concerts within the Early Music Festivals which take place in other venues and on-line teaching and learning education resources, many of which are free of charge.

Delma Tomlin said: "This is a flagship website for a flagship arts organisation. We are delighted with the new site which will give visitors a real insight into the range of activities we undertake. There are plenty of opportunities to listen to music and to watch video on the site and our projects are really brought to life. We hope visitors will enjoy looking back on some of our incredible achievements and find out more about what we are offering in the future."

Building on its National profile, this season will see the 2010 NCEM Composers Awards, in association with BBC Radio 3 and The Tallis Scholars. There will be a finalists concert (20 May, 7.30pm) at All Saints Church, North Street, York and the winners' pieces will be performed by The Tallis Scholars in Chester Cathedral on Wednesday 30 June as part of the Chester Summer Music Festival.

The world music season opens with Rafiki Jazz (27 Feb, 7.30pm) a diverse family of star African and Latin musicians who play an inspired fusion of ambitious contemporary global dance music. Colombian seven-piece band Cimarron (20 Mar, 7.30pm) join us with a spectacular performance of joropo music and dance followed by the welcome return of celebrated virtuoso of the flamenco guitar Juan Martin (23 May, 7.30pm).

There is the chance to see Shiraz (12 June, 7.30pm) a b/w silent film by Franz Osten with a newly commissioned score by Sarvar Sabri which will be performed live by the Sabri Ensemble telling the story behind the creation of the Taj Mahal. Finally percussionist Adriano Adewale (18 June, 7.30pm) offers music rooted in the musical traditions of Nigeria, Angola and Brazil infused with contemporary European classical and jazz styles.

The jazz programme starts with the return of Jacqui Dankworth (17 Apr, 7.30pm) with songs from her third solo album, 'Back to You'. The May Jazz Weekend features Tom Arthurs Trio (7 May 7.30pm). Trumpeter, flugelhornist and composer Tom Arthurs, one of the new BBC New Generation Artists, has been described as a "world class improvisor" by Jazzwise Magazine; world renowned Cuban jazz violinist maestro and part of Courtney Pine's Band, Omar Puente (8 May, 7.30pm) with songs from his debut solo album "From There to Here" and the Sunday afternoon slot is for Guy Barker and Ian Shaw (9 May, 4pm) with music from the cinema. Farrago (9 May, 8pm) featuring members of the University of York Jazz Orchestra will conclude the jazz weekend. Tom Crawley's Curios (2 July, 7.30pm) is the last jazz concert this season, described by Mojo as 'the most formidable piano trio in the UK'.

Many of the world and jazz concerts are on the more4less offer, allowing you to choose 4 concerts for the price of just 3! To take advantage of this offer, all 4 concerts must be booked at the same time.

The folk line-up features: Irish bands Beoga (15 Feb, 7.30pm) and Grada (8 Mar, 7.30pm); Uiscedwr (22 Mar, 7.30pm) winners of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award in 2002; Irish banjo player Damien O Kane (26 Mar 7.30pm) fresh from touring with Kate Rusby, plays from his first solo album "Summer Hill" and finally Scottish band, Breabach (16 Apr, 7.30pm) featuring the twin bagpipes of Calum MacCrimmon and Donal Brown.

Look out for False True-Loves (25 June, 7.30pm) a folk/early music fusion, where early music virtuoso, Catherine Bott and doyenne of the English folk scene, Shirley Collins join together to celebrate a woman's life and loves in song - accompanied by David McGuiness on keyboard. Early Music lovers should also look out for the University of York Lieder Day Schumann in Context (20 Feb) which celebrates the 200th anniversary of the birth of Robert Schumann and the University of York High Baroque Day (1 May) exploring some of the greatest music of the Italian and German High Baroque. Compagnia d'Istrumenti present 'A Venetian Carnival' (8 Apr, 7.30pm) featuring works by Vivaldi, Marini, Fontana and others.

Early Music Festival diary dates for 2010 are 27 - 30 May for the Beverley and East Riding Early Music Festival - highlights include the internationally acclaimed Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Dunedin Consort and Stile Antico and 9 - 17 July for the York Early Music Festival which takes Musical Marriages as its inspiration and guests include I Fagiolini, Fretwork, Ensemble Lucidarium, London Baroque, Musica Fiata, La Capella Ducale, The Bach Players, Theatre of the Ayre and The Sixteen.

Plus the Musical Play in a Week (16 - 20 August) which will explore the turbulent history of the Restoration and the first Brassed On! York (3 May) offering an excellent opportunity to celebrate York's musical heritage and introduce people to brass-band playing. This season has been funded by 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 ring 01904 658338.

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