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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.


Music Act 2012

The 1st of october 2012 marks the start of the Music Act 2012 designed to ease the bureaucratic burden on smaller venues wanting to put on live music. In 2003 the new Licensing Act added extra regulation around entertainment. The Music Act 2012, 9 yrs later, is a response to pressure from the industry on both sides (musicians and venues).

This is widely considered to be great news for venues and musicians alike, and is hoped that it will local live music back at the heart of the country’s cultural life.

The MU have produced a useful little guide giving details about what this means for you if you run a venue. you can download the guide here

in a nutshell this act is for you if the following conditions apply:

  • you have fewer than 200 people in the audience for amplified live music.
  • or if the music is un-amplified (then there is no limit on audience size – apart from the obvious “i can’t hear you” being shouted from the back of your 1000 strong crowd)
  • Music can only take place between 8AM and 11PM.
  • and you have to be based in England or Wales.

There is of course some nuances to understand about what sort of venue / premises / workplace  you are. You could look at the full act here or contact your local licensing officer for further advice.

It is worth noting that your obligations around PRS, PLL and H&S all still apply.


As always (the small print bit) this blog post does not constitute legal advice, and is posted for info only! That said i’m happy to work with venues / promotors / musicians to better understand your licensing position or to ensure that you are understanding your obligations around H&S and so on. Do get in touch to discuss.



Mystery Soul Music Festival 10 Aug – 25 Aug – York

Just picked up the info on this festival in York over the summer – it is a fantastic looking lineup!

York Theatre Royal and J-Night have just announced six summer nights of the hottest jazz, gospel and soul music to celebrate the York Mystery Plays 2012 in August.

The line-up features Ruby Turner, Snake Davis, Al Morrison, Jazz Jamaica, Pee Wee Ellis and The South African Gospel Singers.

 The festival takes place every Friday and Saturday night at York Theatre Royal throughout the Mystery Plays and will include foyer performances from bands and djs and a festival bar open until midnight.

Tickets are now on sale from the York Theatre Royal Box Office: / 01904 623568

Omar Puente

If it is not enough that one of the Raghu Dixit: unplugged  tracks is included on the free cover CD – Songlines Magazine have given us another good reason to buy this month with a great little feature on Yorkshire’s own Omar Puente.

The brilliant Cuban jazz violinist has made his home in Bradford and he talks in the article about the great diversity in the region’s music scene. He even gets in a little plug for the Bradford Mela.

You can find the magazine via their website:  Songlines Magazine

And listen to Omar’s latest release on iTunes: From There to Here – Omar Puente


Get The Blessing | NCEM

This just hit my radar! (busy few weeks) but tickets are still available on the door if you fancy a great night of live music:

Winners of the BBC Jazz Award 2008 for their debut album ‘All Is Yes,’ this band is one of the UK’s most exciting live bands. Featuring bassist Jim Barr and drummer Clive Deamer from trip-hop legends PORTISHEAD, plus the twin horns and electronics of saxophonist Jake McMurchie and trumpeter Pete Judge, they have forged a unique signature sound that defies easy classification, yet never loses sight of thumping tunes, infectious beats or joyous collective spontaneity.

Their latest album OC:DC is released this year ahead of a European tour. Influences range from Ornette Coleman and Tortoise, to Blondie and Samuel Beckett. 

”this outfit will surely recharge the jazz world” BBC Music Magazine

Venue info on

To listen to the new album you can download at iTunes:

OC DC – Get the Blessing

Or for more information visit

Great winter jazz deal at the NCEM

The NCEM is a great venue for jazz – this sunday afternoon deal is well worth considering:

Jazz Winter Warmers

Jazz lovers check out the new jazz Winter Warmers offer allowing you to hear three great Sunday afternoon concerts at the National Centre for Early Music for the price of two, whilst enjoying a free glass of wine or beer!

Offer ends Friday 14 October – Please ring 01904 658338 to book

McCormack & Yarde Duo
Sunday 23 October | 4.00pm | £15.00

John Parricelli & Huw Warren
Sunday 6 November | 4.00pm | £15.00

John Etheridge & Chris Garrick
Sunday 20 November | 4.00pm | £15.00

To book for this offer please ring the Box Office on 01904 658338 open Monday-Friday 9am-5pm (please note the offer is not available to buy online).

In order to receive this offer you need to buy all your tickets at the same time. Please note that this offer applies to full price tickets only (full price tickets are £15.00 for each concert).