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Illuminating York 2013 – Call for new works

The Illuminating York Committee have just issued the call for works for the 2013 festival.

If you are interested take a look at the downloads below.

There is one call for major commissions and one for smaller works.

IY 2013 Supporting Commissions

IY 2013 Major Commission

In a nutshell:

DEADLINE: 1 March 2013

Introduction: Illuminating York is a cutting edge light based Festival which has been running annually, in the City of York, for the last nine years. During that time the Festival has commissioned major international works for the Minster, Museum Gardens and other sites within the city walls. Previously commissioned artists include Patrice Warrener, Paul Kaiser (Open Ended Group), Usman Haque, Bright White, United VJs, OMA International, Vic Reeves, GaiaNova and Ross Ashton amongst others.

In recent years the Festival has attracted between 20,000 – 75,000 visitors, residents and tourists per year and brought over £1 million annual economic benefit into the city.

The Festival has enjoyed a broad range of media coverage over the years and reaches all corners of the globe from Canada to Australia and Europe. In 2012 the Festival introduced a small charge for audiences to view the main commission and with an 80-100% capacity each night, we intend to continue this model for parts of the Festival in 2013.

The theme of this year’s Festival is ‘Illuminating the Past, Enlightening the Future.’ It is 1000 years since King Sweyn ‘Forkbeard’ of Denmark was named king of England in 1013. Incoming communities and cultures have played an important role in the development of York as a City. York has deep and strong links to its Viking heritage in particular and the waves of invasions that York has experienced over the years, which has created a vibrant city with a rich and varied culture.

We are interested in artwork that investigates the Scandinavian influences on York’s heritage and on the city today. This could be through art, clothing, food, technology, people and politics or other cultural interventions.

Several of our key attractions are planning exhibitions and events that celebrate this aspect of our history and culture and you may like to consider incorporating some time for research and development in your expression of interest.

We are in the process of applying for funding for the 2013 Festival and the Festival will take place from 30th October – 2nd November inclusive.

Artworks will also be expected to be fully operational for the press launch on Tuesday 29th October.

We are interested in small to medium-scale outdoor work that shows York in a new light.

The work must be visually appealing to audiences of all ages. We are looking for several supporting commissions that together, will achieve regional and national press coverage for the city.

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.


Illuminating York 2012 – Volunteering Opportunity

The organisers of Illuminating York are looking for people over the age of 18, who would like to volunteer as a festival steward. You will need to be available on one or more of the following evenings between 5:00pm and 10:30pm (31st October, 1st November, 2nd November and 3rd November) and you will need to be available for a briefing on Tuesday 30th at 7:00pm, lasting one hour.

You can view the festival brochure here

You will be based at the Msueum Gardens and your role would be to hand out maps and leaflets to members of the public and be a first point of contact for any queries that they may have. We will brief you fully on the best way to respond to queries and you will be working in pairs so there will be plenty of support. You may also be asked to complete on site surveys with members of the public and again we will provide everything you need and brief you fully.

This is a great way to gain experience in the events and festival industry, meet people and see some great art for free too!

If you are interested please send a CV or a couple of paragraphs about your background and interests to


Creative thoughts from Directors on the Mystery Plays 2012

Paul Burbridge and Damian Cruden, the Artistic Directors of York Mystery Plays 2012, discuss the decision to set the production in the 1950s:

The Mystery Plays always encourage debate, from the casting to the staging and the setting. Over the years, the Mystery Plays have been told in a wide variety of different ways. The 2012 production is to be set in the post-war (1950s) era, Paul Burbridge, Co-Artistic Director, explains the thinking:

“The 2012 production sits as the jewel in the crown of the York 800 celebrations. The York Mystery Plays are arguably the most important artistic event to come from our city in that period – of ‘worldwide and worldclass’ significance. Within 800 years, there are three crucial dates: the time when the Mystery Plays began (late 1300s), the time when they were suppressed (1560s) and the moment when the York Mystery Plays tradition was restarted for the modern era in 1951 at the Festival of Britain. That 20th Century revival is a hugely significant moment within the past 800 years of York’s history. It was a period of post-second world war hope and new life after terrifying global destruction which resonates hugely with the biblical story.

The intention of the Mystery Plays was always to make the biblical story accessible to a contemporary audience within the city. The language was ‘now’ for the mediaeval renaissance audiences and the costume and setting would also have been ‘now’. What was uppermost in the minds of the mediaeval Mystery Play producers was the desire to make the biblical story speak to their contemporary community in a way that helped each member of the audience to see themselves within the biblical story. Our intention with the 2012 production from the very start, with script adaptor Mike Kenny, has been to follow that tradition for our own community – to tell the story in a way which connects with people now and demonstrates that it is an exciting, relevant story to tell in any age.

The biblical story and the Mystery Play texts are both ancient and modern – they live in every generation because they speak about events inside and outside time within the cosmos, about issues which are always contemporary. To view them in any sense as a ‘museum piece’ carefully preserved from the 14th/15th Centuries is to obscure their real purpose.”


You can find out more about this years massive project at the York Mystery Plays 2012 website.

Or you can read up on some of the history of previous productions on the Mystery Plays Archive.


NCEM Composers Award 2012

Great opportunity for young composers at the NCEM in association with BBC Radio 3 and the Tallis Scholars.

From the NCEM website:

The 2012 NCEM Composers Award was launched on BBC Radio 3’s Early Music Show on Sunday 15 January.

This major national award is presented by the National Centre for Early Music in association with BBC Radio 3 and The Tallis Scholars. We are inviting young composers resident in the UK to write a new piece of between 3 and 4 minutes’ duration specifically with The Tallis Scholars in mind, taking as their starting point the In Nomine theme from John Taverner’s Missa Gloria Tibi Trinitas. There are two awards: one for composers of 18 years and under and one for composers aged 19 to 25.

A shortlist of entries will be workshopped with the composer Christopher Fox and the Ebor Singers at the National Centre for Early Music in York on Thursday 17 May 2012 in the presence of the young composers. At 7.30pm on the same day, the Ebor Singers will perform each of the pieces in front of a panel of judges at All Saints’ Church, North Street, York and the winners will be announced, one for each of the two age categories.

We are delighted to be working again with the internationally acclaimed vocal ensemble, The Tallis Scholars, who will premier the winning entries in Durham Cathedral on Saturday 2 June 2012. This concert will be recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s Early Music Show on Sunday 1 July 2012.

Applicants must register their interest in the award by 5pm on Friday 2 March by emailing . Completed scores must be delivered to the NCEM no later than 5pm on Friday 30 March. The award will be judged in York on Thursday 17 May 2012.

Further details on: