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Recording sessions offer at the NCEM York

As part of my work with the National Centre for Early Music in York we are opening the doors and encourage more people to come in to use the lovely, inspiring, bright, airy space.

One of the uses of the venue that suits really well – with its lovely acoustics, sound proofing and studio facilities is recording sessions (either studio style or with a small live audience.)

From Jan to March 2013 NCEM is offering a 30% its day rate (info below.)

Having used the space myself for recording projects i’d happily chat through the potential in the space but it is certainly well worth a look!


From the NCEM promo:

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 under floor 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 – see for details; 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: or 01904 632220.


Raghu Dixit performs for the Queen –

It’s been an exciting time recently for Raghu Dixit.

A few weeks ago he performed live in front of The Queen at Windsor Castle. He sang his song Mysore Se Ayi, surrounded by a troupe of dancers from Bangalore, the dance company owned and choreographed by Raghu’s wife, Mayuri Upadhya

On Sunday 3rd of June – ITV broadcast this spectacular pageant from 6-30pm to 8-30pm:

All the Queen’s Horses: A Diamond Jubilee Special

Alan Titchmarsh hosts a spectacular pageant in the grounds of Windsor Castle featuring horses and performers from around the world, including the New South Wales Mounted Police and the Marwari Horses of India. Dame Helen Mirren, Rolf Harris, Omid Djalili, Sanjeev Bhaskar and other stars of stage and screen represent the different continents. The horses are accompanied by live music from some of the world’s biggest stars including Susan Boyle, Joss Stone, Il Divo, Raghu Dixit and violinist David Garrett. The show also includes rare archive footage of the Queen during her sixty-year reign.

Raghu has just played his first concerts of the season in Europe (Holland and Germany) and now embarks on a summer run of UK festivals.

You can listen and download Raghu’s latest release ‘Unplugged (Live in York)’ below:

Unplugged (Live in York) – Raghu Dixit

or on Amazon if you prefer:

Raghu Dixit: Unplugged (Live in York)

(also on 90 other online stores in 240 countries!)


‘what was the raghu dixit track sung on the andrew marr show on 15 april 2012?’

Turns out that one of the key search engine terms pointing people towards my website at the moment is:

‘what was the raghu dixit track sung on the andrew marr show on 15 april 2012?’

So i thought i’d better answer the question!

Raghu sang ‘I’m in Mumbai waiting for a miracle’ – From the Album Antaragni – The Fire Within (iTunes link).

If you enjoyed Raghu’s performance on the Andrew Marr show you can watch it again here: (BBC web link)

and you might like to have a look / listen to the EP we recorded together last summer at the National Centre for Early Music in York.

You can read more about the project here

or you can download the live EP from iTunes – Unplugged (Live in York) – Raghu Dixit

If you are in london you might like to come down to the South Bank Centre for Raghu’s concert with members of Bellowhead as part of the Alchemy Festival.

Raghu Dixit: Unplugged (Live in York)

I’ve had the privilege, over the last few months, of working on a project with the brilliant (and charming) Indian musician Raghu Dixit.

He and his band came and spent a day at the National Centre for Early Music in York, and in the skillful hands of engineer Leaf Troup and producer Craig Vear we created a stunning live release:

Listen & download on iTunes:

Unplugged (Live in York) – Raghu Dixit

or on Amazon if you prefer:

Raghu Dixit: Unplugged (Live in York)

(also on 90 other online stores in 240 countries)

This new release is Raghu’s first new project of 2012.

It is an intimate, largely acoustic set in which Raghu demonstrates his powerful vocal style and guitar work on favourites that include “No Man Will Ever Love You Like I Do”, the song that transformed his career when he sang it live on Later With Jools, to an audience that included fellow-guests Adele, Robert Plant and Arcade Fire. This set also includes a new version of the witty and thoughtful “Gudugudiya Sedi Nodo”, written by one of the great Kannada poets, Saint Shishunala Sharif. There’s one previously unreleased song, the poignant English-language ballad “I Still Love You”, which was inspired by a romantic story from another Kannada poet, written over a hundred years ago.

The recording’s producer, Olivier Award nominee Graig Vear, used 3d recording and mastering techniques to immerse the listener in the setting of this intimate, special performance. The National Centre for Early Music provides the perfect backdrop for this sort of project.

In addition to the live tracks from York, the EP is interspersed with binaural recordings taken in India, atmosphere from the concert (including Raghu talking about the inspiration for some of the tracks) and Vear has also included a beautiful, atmospheric remix of “Soruthihudu Maneya Maligi”.

Throughout the project we’ve had tremendous support from Raghu’s UK & international teams including: Robert Horsfall at Sound Advice, Paul Knowles at the Jenral Music Group and Gaurav Vaz. My thanks go to all of them.

Raghu has a very busy season coming up and is back in the UK in April for a collaboration with Bellowhead, along with Gauri Sharma Tripathi. They are working together to create a concept concert, based on Girish Karnad’s Kannada Folk Tale, Hayavadana.

The concert will premiere at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on the 18th and 19th of April as part of Alchemy 2012.

Raghu is also going to be appearing on BBC One on The Andrew Marr Show on the 15th of April, live to over 2 million viewers, between 9 and 10 AM.

The ‘Live in York’ Project Credits include: 

Raghu Dixit – Vocals/Acoustic guitar
Gaurav Vaz – Bass
Vijay Joseph – Guitar
HN Bhaskar – Violin
Wilfred D’Moz – Drums/Percussion
Recorded live at: National Centre for Early Music, York, UK
Date: 17th July, 2011
Project produced by: Ben Pugh
Recorded and engineered by: Leaf Troup
Mastered by: Craig Vear
Sleeve Art: Mat Lazenby 
(p) 2011 Raghu Dixit / (c) 2011 Raghu Dixit