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The new Purple Guide is now online

Event organisers will be (or at least should be) very familiar with the Purple Guide – it has provided guidance across a range of subjects from crowd management to fireworks, medical provision to waste management, and so on, since 1993.

Over the last couple of years the HSE have undergone consultation with industry practitioners and have together drawn up a new version.

The new Purple Guide is available now (in draft) online:

**UPDATE – the draft version online is closed now ** (01/2014)

www.thepurpleguide.co.uk 

From the site:

“The Purple Guide to Health, Safety and Welfare at Music and Other Events (Draft) has been drawn up by the Events Industry Forum in consultation with the UK events industry, including representatives from regional and national Government. This publication is designed to replace the original ‘Purple Guide’ (HSG195) which was originally published by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) in consultation with the industry.

 Covering both legislation and good practice, this new guide has been designed to sign-post event organisers and suppliers to the practices and issues that need to be considered when events are being organised. The contents are not designed to be prescriptive and those using this guidance should undertake appropriate risk assessments and evaluations to evaluate the specific requirements of the specific events they are organising or involved with.”

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

 

‘The History Man’ – from The Stage newspaper

In the briefest moment of something falling between vanity and self promotion, i thought i’d share this article with you that was first published in The Stage newspaper on 16th of August 2012. It sheds a bit of light on what i spent a good chunk of the summer doing and Kevin frames my role and my approach in very positive terms too!

The venue for York Mystery Plays 2012 is the city’s museum gardens. Kevin Berry speaks to event manager Ben Pugh about overcoming difficulties with building a theatre in the round on an archaeological site.

“On site there was nothing – other than a very beautiful setting,” says Ben Pugh. “Everything had to come in from scratch and we have erected a state of the art, 1,400-seat venue on a sensitive historical site”

The site is York Museum Gardens and the venue he mentions will stage the York Mystery Plays throughout August. York Theatre Royal, Riding Lights Theatre Company and York Museums Trust are producing the plays with support from York Council.

The Theatre Royal production team has vast experience in working off site, with The Railway Children at the National Railway Museum, and is substantially reconfiguring its traditional auditorium to create a theatre in the round for summer seasons.

Pugh is the event manager for the Mystery Plays charged with supervising the erection of what amounts to an actual theatre on a site governed by the severest constraints. No digging allowed – “We can’t touch the monument” – and certainly no access for articulated trucks. Over 300 tons of scaffolding was off-loaded outside York and then shuttled in on smaller vehicles.

York Museum Gardens is a public park used by 10,000 people every day during the summer, and Pugh and his team have had to close off a third of that space. In the garden’s ten acres there is a protected English Heritage monument (the Benedictine St Mary’s Abbey), a busy museum and botanical gardens.

The sheer enormity of the task faced by Pugh’s team becomes apparent as he continues talking. It is difficult to take in. Getting the number of people involved, nearly 2,000 community players, and managing them, even in these days of mobile phones and emails, has been quite a challenge. The genial Pugh, who appears to take everything in his stride, suggests “thinking of the usual theatrical process and then times it by 2,000”

Have the vehicles been churning up the ground? After all, York has had its share of rain in recent weeks.

“We have a three metre-wide metal track way running from the road to the stage site,” Pugh says. “The gateway is part of the scheduled monument and is three metres wide. We’ve had to be very steady, coordinated and careful. We needed the track to guard against the weather, and also there’s a lot of buried archaeology just under the surface. While many events this year have been undone by the weather, we’ve been fine on this site.”

In the theatre there is a one foot rise between each row of seats and everyone will have a good view, plus there is a roof over the audience. The theatre is already two metres off the ground so there is a substantial sub-stage area for actors and staff to come up through trap doors and use rising stairways. Pugh emphasises that his team has had to build an entire venue: dressing rooms, toilet blocks, putting in water pipes, indeed all of the infrastructure needed in the theatre.

“We are presenting ourselves with a whole load of practical and logistical challenges to give ourselves that creative freedom in the space,” says Pugh. “We have been keen to get the community involved and that has brought forth amazing creative energy.”

He talks of a fusion of techniques and approaches and the sharing of them. Members of the community who may be painters and decorators coming in to paint the scenery, people who go to embroidery class once a week helping with costumes.

“We’re working with Star Events Group and they’re re-engineered their seating principles to enable us to have a fluid, flexible theatre space,” Pugh explains. “They’ve never built on a site like this. We asked them for a whole load of things to make it a theatre – such as entrance ways and tunnels and things they wouldn’t normally do.”

Getting into the site and setting up has taken a month. Getting out will take three weeks, a time scale that Pugh has insisted on.

“I’ve been able to persuade English Heritage and the Museums Trust that giving us more time to do it, steadily and carefully, will reduce the chance of anything happening,” he says, “The worst case scenario is people going in there mob-handed and trying too hard and doing things way too quickly.”

That will not happen with Pugh in charge. A York resident for nearly 15 years he is aware of what the Mystery Plays mean to the people of his city. They are deeply embedded in the city’s culture.

We had been speaking in the week leading up to the premiere. “People on the site have been saying how relaxed I look,” he said, smiling. “So it must be going well.”

York Mystery Plays run until august 27. The plays will be streamed live over the internet via The Space, the digital arts media service, thanks to Pilot Theatre and ACE funding.

Thanks Kevin!!

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

 

 

Guest Suites | New Work from Jacky Lansley

Some friends of mine are involved in a new work with choreographer Jacky Lansley, which having premiered at RAH2 in feb is coming to York Minster on the 3rd of March.

It sounds fascinating and should be a great thing to see in the stunning context of York Minster’s Chapter House.

This is what the website says:

Guest Suites is inspired by Bach’s Cello Suites which Lansley and her frequent collaborator composer Jonathan Eato use as an artistic template.The first three suites will be performed live by outstanding cellist Audrey Riley and, on historic recording, by Pablo Casals. Eato’s contemporary addition Suite Inserts – a ‘compositional reworking’ of four movements for cello and electronics – will be performed live by Riley and, on laptop, by Eato himself.

Central to Guest Suites is the idea of artists guesting in each other’s worlds. A core ensemble of four dancers will be joined by guest dancers and actors. Guests will be announced nearer the time but will include dancers Fergus Early, Esther Huss, Hannah Mi, Huri Murphy, Sanna Ryg and Tim Taylor.

Lansley forged her unique style from a rigorous training in both classical work with the Royal Ballet Company and in the radical worlds of Performance Art and New Dance practice; she says: “The formal beauty of Bach’s Cello Suites provide an intriguing emotional and structural world for the work. The suites remain an artistic touchstone not just for musicians but for all artists”.

Tickets are available via the York Minster Box Office.

and more info can be found on – www.jackylansley.co.uk

Hope to see you there.

 

SambaSunda Quintet – Sunday 19 February – NCEM

There is a great world music season coming up again at the NCEM in York. First up are SambaSunda Quintet on the 19th of Feb.

The NCEM website says:

These groundbreaking gamelan innovators have a flair for experimentation. In their latest incarnation, the Quintet reflect a tradition of Sundanese music whilst also creating something fresh, modern and original. The music is centred on the kacapi, a boat-shaped zither whose mellifluous tones have been heard in Sunda (West Java) for centuries. Using kacapi, violin, suling (flute) and the unique, tuned kendang (drums) to accompany singer (and dancer!) Rita Tila, SambaSunda use an ancient repertoire to articulate a distinctly urban accent suffused with a contemporary awareness of global sounds.

This concert is part of the Making Tracks series bringing the newest and most exciting music from around the globe to 12 major music venues in the UK.

“While unmistakably Sundanese, the band’s musicians add subtle elements… that extend the music into something new and different, and always [with] a few delightful and surprising twists along the way” – SONGLINES

“Clashing gongs, lilting drums, sparkling flutes and cantering vibes all somehow manage to create a sound which is unique, modern and imaginative (…) Every country and every traditional style of music needs musical pioneers… Fortunately for Indonesia, Sambasunda have taken up the challenge with style and gusto.”  – BBC radio 3

For more information visit http://www.sambasunda.com

So if this sounds like your thing – click over to the NCEM and book your tickets.

While we’re (broadly speaking) in that part of the world i’d personally recommend eating at www.khaosanroadthaibistro.co.uk to get you in the mood. It is just a few minutes walk away from the venue and open from 12 until 9PM on a Sunday.

Legendary Sufi master – Sain Zahoor comes to the NCEM York

There is always loads of good stuff going on in York but I felt this warranted an extra mention:

Sain Zahoor

National Centre for Early Music – Sunday 9 October 7:30pm

‘It is impossible not to feel overwhelmed by the passion by which Zahoor delivers the sacred verses’

Songlines Magazine.

Sain Zahoor is a Sufi street musician from Pakistan with a voice that soars and entrances, taking you beyond showbiz, beyond entertainment, beyond daily cares. Self-taught and illiterate, the 70 year-old Zahoor embodies the cultural wealth and soul of Pakistan’s popular street culture. A winner of the prestigious BBC World Music Award, Zahoor has taken his simple but uncompromisingly powerful message of spiritual love and tolerance all over the world. Most recently his distinctive voice was featured in the soundtrack to the BBC Film’s “West is West”, the follow up to the hugely successful film “East is East”.

For more details and to book tickets – click here Adults £15.00 | Concessions £13.00

Box Office 01904 658338

Follow the NCEM on twitter @yorkearlymusic for regular programme updates.

The Angel Awards: Former Church of St Margaret of Antioch, Leeds

Really pleased to hear today that Left Bank Leeds have been shortlisted for an English Heritage Angel Award.

The English Heritage Angel Awards, supported by Andrew Lloyd Webber and the Telegraph, celebrate the best efforts to rescue listed buildings, properties and National Trust sites based on the English Heritage at Risk register.

You can see the article on line here:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/angel-awards/8765948/The-Angel-Awards-Former-Church-of-St-Margaret-of-Antioch-Leeds.html

and find out more about Left Bank here:

http://www.leftbankleeds.org.uk/

Great Project!