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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. www.ncem.co.uk/recordings

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 www.ncem.co.uk/instrument-hire 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: gill.baldwin@ncem.co.uk or 01904 632220.

www.ncem.co.uk/recordings

 

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.

 

 

Krar Collective – NCEM

So i don’t know where else in York you are going find such a range of interesting, unexpected and high quality global artists!?

The NCEM, in their partnership with Making Tracks, have brought some great world music acts to the city over the last couple of years and continue to do so.

The Krar Collective on Friday 5 October at 7:30pm should be no exception. From the NCEM publicity:

Krar Collective perform a rootsy yet contemporary take on traditional music from Ethiopia based on other-worldy modes and driven by hypnotic rhythms. Led by krar virtuoso Temesegen Zeleke, a former star pupil of veteran Ethiopian legend Mulatu Astatke, fronted by the stunning, soaring voice of Genet Assefa and accompanied

by innovative drummer Amare Mulugeta, Krar Collective create a surprisingly big sound, leading one critic to name them ‘The Ethiopian White Stripes’. With a varied repertoire from gentle ballads to high-energy dance tunes, Krar Collective is set to surprise and delight.

‘Spine tingling stuff’ Fly Global Music

 

Making Tracks

A travelling season of concerts bringing the newest and most exciting music from around the globe to 12 major music venues in the UK.’ 

The NCEM in York are offering a buy one get one free offer on the following Making Tracks co-promotions:

Krar Collective Friday 5 October 2012

Melingo Thursday 8 November 2012

Yiddish Twist Orchestra 26 February 2013

Johanna Juhola 16 April 2013

Buy one full price ticket for any of these four concerts and get one other of these four concerts free. This offer is valid on full price tickets only. You will need to book the two concerts at the same time to take advantage of this deal, by phoning the Box Office on (01904) 658338.

 

The world famous Mysore Brothers in York

It would be impossible to write about all the amazing stuff that goes on in York, but from time to time things come across my radar that need sharing!

On Sunday 23rd September at 4PM India’s greatest violinist duo, the Mysore Brothers, perform in the UK for the first time.

The gig at the National Centre for Early Music is a rare opportunity to hear Carnatic music performed at its very best.

The NCEM provides the perfect setting for this intimate concert. Full details can be found – ncem.co.uk

You can read more about the artist here

 

 

The Little Festival of Everything

The Little Festival of Everything Returns to North Yorkshire this June.

I was lucky enough to catch the last iteration of this great event as a punter. Well worth supporting if you are in the vicinity:

here is some blurb from their press release:

Last November a small village in North Yorkshire innovated a grand idea that saw the local community, its 17th century pub and local theatre company, The Flanagan Collective, pull together to create a unique and special weekend festival. After a hugely successful launch, the second ‘The Little Festival of Everything’ weekend is back at The Fauconberg Arms, Coxwold from Friday 22 to Sunday 24 June. The pub will again play host to over 50 acts made up of actors, children’s entertainers, storytellers, singers and performers in a jam packed free festival that aims to bring the best entertainment from around the UK to this beautiful North Yorkshire setting.

‘The Little Festival of Everything’ was conceived last year by local theatre company The Flanagan Collective, spearheaded by Alexander Wright, who has enjoyed success in the performing arts as Artistic Director of Belt Up Theatre and is currently Associate Director on The York Mystery Plays with York Theatre Royal. Alexander, 24 and originally from Coxwold was motivated to created a new business model for a unique rural arts festival, where performers could use the experience to try out new work in a country retreat and the audience could participate, watch and enjoy the experience for free. The success of the November weekend in Coxwold has meant that ‘LittleFest’ is now being rolled out to Southill Park, Bracknell in July and at this year’s Edinburgh Festival. The model works because all performers receive expenses that will be covered by sponsorship, but they all agree to come to the festival without an additional fee as they will use the experience as a testing ground for new work, have a lovely weekend in a beautiful setting with like minded peers, and they all genuinely want to be part of this new venture. The residents of Coxwold have again offered up their spare rooms and will host the performers for the weekend. This allows the whole festival to be free for audiences and it is hoped that families, visitors and locals will experience many events across the weekend.

Simon Rheinberg, proprietor of the pub says; “Having an arts festival of this calibre in a village pub is unique. The free entry was a very important objective as it fits in with the general atmosphere of being in a pub. People can spend as long as they want there, eat and drink at anytime throughout the day.’ Alexander believes the festival has a strong line-up of acts which will be performing in and around the premises of The Fauconberg Arms, “We have again gathered the best people from near and far to come and set up shop in the pub. We have returning storytellers, theatre makers, poets, musicians, writers, cabaret artists as well as new performers who heard about last years festival and wanted to get involved.” The festival, which will run over the weekend of the 22nd,23rd and 24th June has been set up to appeal to all ages and interests, Alexander notes; “There are things for the adventurous, for the daring, for the quiet and for the inquisitive.There are things that will surprise you, move you, challenge you and excite you but everything will welcome you with open arms.” Some of the best artists from across the country will be in attendance.

Lots of the companies that attended in November will return including; award winning cabaret artist Damsel Sophie, Pilot Theatre, performance poet Henry Raby, children’s theatre company Tucked In, folk band Holy Moly and the Crackers, local musician Alun Nixon, Hannah Davies and Essex based company Shady Jane. The Festival has also attracted a number of new companies such as renowned London based collective Shunt, York comedy duo Bush and McClusky, comedian Chris Stokes, children’s storytelling company Mud Pie Arts, Easingwold’s Gobbledigook Theatre to name but a few. This Summer festival will make more of the beautiful outdoor space at the pub with a family storytelling area and intimate events in the summer house, plus on the Sunday morning there will be a vintage and craft fair to accompany the family events taking place. Simon Rheinberg underlines the importance of being an anomaly in the industry as many UK public houses struggle to survive the ongoing credit crunch. “We want to build on the success and reputation of last year’s festival and by programming arts events with The Flanagan Collective we will attract new visitors to Coxwold and we look forward to welcoming them alongside our locals for another exciting weekend,” he says. “We see it as a great opportunity to bring artists, residents and visitors together to drink, eat and be entertained.” David Shields Area Director for Welcome to Yorkshire, who supported the Festival in November said: “We are proud to support this brand new festival which will transform the village of Coxwold into a theatrical wonderland for one weekend only! We would urge visitors to come along and support this fantastic festival which will see performers, actors and musicians take over the Fauconberg Arms to put on a series of free events. We are sure it will be a fun-packed weekend for all the family.”

For more information and a full programme listing please visit www.littlefest.co.uk.

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!)

Enjoy!

‘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:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-17720101 (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.

Digital Identity in Interesting Spaces

I’m collaborating with Abhay Adhikari to bring his Digital Identity seminars to Yorkshire with a focus on those working in creative industries / culture / arts / heritage / museums etc.

The seminars take place on the 1st, 2nd or 3rd of May at the National Centre for Early Music in York (click the links for more info):

Strategic development for the arts, culture and heritage sectors

Tuesday, 1 May 2012
Suitable for: producers, directors, curators and senior management

Campaigning and visibility for the arts, culture and heritage sectors

Wednesday, 2 May 2012
Suitable for: marketing and communications teams

Finding your audience and collaborators online

Thursday, 3 May 2012
Suitable for: individual practitioners and community led organisations 

 

Abhay has done a great post on his blog about the project so far in it’s different manifestations:

The Digital Identities in Interesting Spaces project has been running for close to eight months. The first round of commissions and activities are now complete and new ones are about to begin. This is a fairly exciting period as the scope of activities is widening in scale and participation. This post provides a brief snapshot of the work carried out so far. I have also outlined plans for the next quarter.

Read more now…

 

Hope to see you in York in May?

 

Double Duo – NCEM York – 14 April

I’m down again at the National Centre for Early Music in York looking after tonight’s concert – Double Duo.

Part of the Making Tracks world music series the performance is described as ‘Double Conversations for Oud & Percussion’ and it sounds like it will be a fascinating concert.

The NCEM website says:

Innovative, energetic and playful, the Double Duo is a new project created by London based oud player Khyam Allami, with highly respected Palestinian oud player Ahmad Al-Khatib, extraordinary percussionist Youssef Hbeisch and Italian frame drum master Andrea Piccioni.

Commissioned by Making Tracks, the two duos of oud and percussion will present original repertoire and arrangements developed especially for this project. Using the Maqam modal system as a basis, DoubleDuo combine their breathtaking instrumental skills through sensitive, dynamic improvisations, infusing the soulful, melancholic beauty of Arabic classical performance with a myriad of rich musical influences. From delicate interlocking nuances to high-energy improvised flourishes, it is a pure display of inspiring communication and world-class musicianship.

There is also a video clip on the NCEM site which is worth a look.

The Double Duo website is here.

(Also … if you are not sure what an oud is you can check here ;0)

So now you have read up  – there are still tickets available for tonight and if this sounds like your cup of tea (or you fancy something different) doors open around 7!

Hope to see you.

 

The Ebor Singers – Music for Easter

I’ve been working with York’s The Ebor Singers over the past couple of months getting their back catalogue up on iTunes, Amazon and so on. There really is some fantastic work.

So to mark the approach of Easter if you are looking for a bit of inspiration or reflection you might like to download this:

Victoria: Lamentations of Jeremiah – The Ebor Singers & Paul Gameson

Victoria’s expressive setting of the Lamentations, central to the liturgy for Holy Week, framed by motets for Palm Sunday and Easter Day.

About the Choir
The Ebor Singers was formed by Paul Gameson in 1995. Now well-established in the North of England as a versatile chamber group, the choir sings its regular concert series in York Minster and other city-centre churches to capacity audiences.

The choir has been broadcast on Radio 3 and Classic FM, appeared on Channel 4 and BBC4, recorded on NMC Records with The Hilliard Ensemble, performed with the Orlando Consort, and worked with Peter Philips.