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Feb 05, 2019

The National Centre for Early Music in York celebrates European Day of Early Music.

21 March 2019

York will be celebrating this year’s European Day of Early Music with Shadows of Sarabandes, a special concert featuring the music of 17th century France. The concert which will be streamed live across Europe and recorded for broadcast by BBC Radio 3 features two of the brightest stars in the early music world Liam Byrne (viols) and Jonas Nordberg (lutes). Liam is one of the world’s leading viol players and his work focuses on the instrument's most obscure 16th and 17th century repertoire. His solo performances frequently combine old viol music with new works written especially for him. He is also working with the NCEM on the Young Composer’s Award which will be held in York in May 2019. Now in its twelfth year, this major national award gives young composers the chance to have their piece performed by Liam, one of the world’s leading early music specialists and the winning compositions will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3. The NCEM is delighted to welcome Jonas Nordberg, who will be appearing in York for the first time. Jonas is an exponent of a wide range of plucked instruments from the 16th to 19th centuries. A graduate of the Mozarteum University of Salzburg, he performs regularly with Liam Byrne, exploring the music of Marin Marais and other French composers, which is often mixed with contemporary music.