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Mar 11, 2020

York prepares to celebrate Early Music Day

21 March 2020

This year, the National Centre for Early Music (NCEM) is delighted to be staging three concerts as part of the celebrations for Early Music Day.

To open the day of music, Steven Devine, performs the first in a series of Bach Preludes & Fugues from the famous book of 48. Steven works with an array of international artists and is the Principal Keyboard Player with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Newly appointed as a guest artistic adviser to the York Early Music Festival, Steven will return to York in July to complete the Bach series.

The hugely popular recorder ensemble extraordinaire Palisander returns to York, this time performing Double, Double, Toil & Trouble, with the NCEM’s very own youth instrumental ensemble Minister Minstrels. This award-winning quartet are part of EEEmerging+ and the afternoon promises to be full of surprises in this concert performed in Palisander’s trademark imaginative style and showcasing some of the city’s talented young musicians.

The day ends with The Brabant Ensemble directed by Stephen Rice performing A Monk’s Life: Music from the Cloisters, 1550-1620. Specialising in Renaissance polyphony, the Brabant Ensemble have performed all over Europe. This concert takes the music of Southern Germany and explores the life of a monk from acceptance of God’s calling, through to finally entering the heavenly kingdom.


All three concerts will be streamed live as part of the day’s celebrations.

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