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Mar 26, 2021


This Spring the National Centre for Early Music will be hosting a residency with award-winning vocal consort The Gesualdo Six. The ensemble will be the NCEM’s contribution to Early Music Day when they perform works by Ockeghem, Compère, Josquin, Mouton and L’Heritier in a free live-streamed concert from St Margaret’s Church at 3pm. During their residency The Gesualdo Six explore some of the delights of the beautiful city of York with a whistle stop musical tour filmed against the background of some of the city’s magnificent buildings. Opening their doors are some of the city’s many hidden gems including: Merchant Adventurers’ Hall, one of the world’s finest Medieval halls situated on the banks of the River Foss; Holy Trinity Church, Goodramgate with its glorious stained glass window dating back to the 15th century; and last but by no means least, the Lady Chapel within the world famous York Minster.

The film opens Awaken, the NCEM’s online celebration of Spring, taking place on the 27th & 28th of March. The programme includes: I Fagiolini, directed by Robert Hollingworth, joined by the English Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble; acclaimed countertenor Iestyn Davies performing with the instrumental viol specialists Fretwork; BBC New Generation Artists the Consone Quartet performing Schubert’s magnificent Quintet with cellist Alexander Rolton; and rising stars Ensemble Augelletti making their York debut from St Margaret’s Church. Further details are available on our website: