What's on - in and around the City of York 2012

FEBRUARY 2012

Longer Term events/exhibitions etc Currently Running
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To
4th February
2012

York's loudest, wackiest panto returns for it's 33rd year - Berwick Kaler in The York Family Robinson Written by Berwick Kaler. Directed by Berwick Kaler and Damian Cruden.

From York to Whitby and then on to Australia, but will the comically dysfunctional "York Family Robinson" ever reach their final destination?

Join them as they challenge the world's most treacherous waters in a desperate attempt to find the only living link with the beginning of time.

Laugh yourself silly as they encounter dastardly fey pirates and find themselves shipwrecked on No Man's Land (inhabited solely by beautiful girls - well, until they're joined by the dame!).



York Theatre Royal

To
5th February
2012

Hiver 1911 - A Centenary Celebration Exhibition.

An evening dress by the French designer, Madame Paquin, labelled 'Hiver 1911'. The story behind this rare and interesting dress will be told. Part of the Paquin archive is held by the Fashion Museum, Bath. The curator Rosemary Harden, an expert on Paquin, will give a lecture here on this remarkable designer.

There will also be an explanation about the conservation necessary for this fragile gown to be displayed for the first time. It was donated by Lady Danesfort in 1963.



The Bowes Museum
Barnard Castle

To 11th March
2012

Dutch Landscapes: Paintings from the Royal Collection Exhibition.

The Bowes Museum
Barnard Castle




To
15th April
2012

Games People Play.

This small exhibition, curated by members of the community, shows the games people have played over the years and the way these have been depicted by artists.

Community groups from around York have worked with curators, artists and creative writers to interpret images and objects from York Museums Trust's collections.

Many of the images can be used to reflect on broader issues from the times in which they were made.



York Art Gallery

Future Events and Attractions

1st February
2012

YAS Free Public Star Party - YAS Free Public Star Party on the Knavesmire. From 7pm till late, weather permitting.

We will be there, even if it rains, for about half an hour for a chat. Observe through our telescopes, or feel free to bring your own along for help and advice if needed.

Objects on show should include: the Moon, planets, star clusters, and galaxies.



Knavesmire

York Astronomical Society


1st February
2012

York Concerts present The 24 with A Musical Circumnavigation.

Join The 24 as they follow in the footsteps of Captain Cook, Ferdinand Magellan, and Phileas Fogg, circumnavigating the globe in a musical 4,327 crotchets, 1,654 bars, and 80 minutes – more or less.

The 24 are joined by York ensemble-in-residence Juice, who rescue them from many a perilous encounter. Dancing, singing, and a world premiere: why would you stay away?


Sir Jack Lyons
Concert Hall
UoY

York Concerts

2nd February
2012

York Minster - Candlemas Eucharist and Procession.

Candlemas marks the end of the 40 days of the Christmas season. This service, beginning at the crib, marks Jesus’ presentation in the Temple as a young boy, and starts to prepare the ground for the Church’s journey towards Lent. 5.15 pm


York Minster
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2nd February
2012

Tutored Wine Tastings - Rhone Wines.

Tutored wine tastings, run in association with The Wine Academy with a two course supper and coffee. Wine Academy staff or a guest speaker will conduct the relaxed, informal tasting and our chefs will choose a two-course meal to compliment the theme of the evening. 7.30 pm


Meltons Too
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2nd February
2012

The Black Swan Folk Club present - Dan Wilde PLUS Ian Bailey.



8.00 pm
Black Swan,
Peasholme Green
B.S.F.C.

3rd February
2012

York Astronomical Society presentation - 'The evolution of planetary crusts' by Kevin Read.

When planets form, they have an initial crust as they cool down following, or during, the accretionary phase. Following on from that, primarily depending on their size, crusts of planets start to evolve and physically change in appearance. The talk will look at terrestrial bodies in the Solar System and discuss their evolution into how they appear today. 8.00 pm

Denham Room
Priory St Centre
Priory Street

York Astronomical Society

3rd February
2012

Dave Swarbrick live at Fulford Arms.

Fillmore Music is proud to present the legendary folk icon Dave Swarbrick at the Fulford Arms on Friday February 3rd 2012. Support comes from the talented North Yorkshire artist Rebekah Findlay.


Fulford Arms
Dave Swarbrick

3rd February
2012

Catterick Bridge Races

Catterick
Racecourse


3rd February
2012

Simon Callow.

Simon Callow, one of Britain’s finest actors, has found a writer that he loves and he likens it to finding a best friend. Ahead of its’ publication Callow reads excerpts from his exciting new book “Charles Dickens and the Great Theatre of the World”. He regards Dickens as a comic genius who is quintessentially English but in other ways fundamentally anti-establishment and in this intimate show he explores the energy; the scope; the generosity and the inventiveness of the author who is often regarded as the best of England.

Enjoy spending a convivial evening in the company of actor, writer and director Callow whose impressive film credits include Four Weddings and A Funeral, Notting Hill and Shakespeare in Love. Theatre credits include Equus, Waiting For Godot and he has also written biographies on Oscar Wilde, Charles Laughton and Orson Welles.



Pocklington Arts Centre


3rd February
2012

The Jerry Lee Lewis Story - Scandalous, outrageous, rock and roll!

This brand new, exhilarating show tells the story of the first wild man of rock ‘n’ roll. From his meteoric rise to fame, through hits such as Great Balls of Fire and Whole Lotta Shakin’, to his fall from grace when he married his 13 year old cousin, and back to his reinstatement as one of pop music's biggest names, follow the journey of one of America’s most exciting performers.

Featuring more than 20 of 'The Killer's’ greatest hits, performed with an energy that Jerry himself would have been proud of.


7.30 pm

Helmsley Arts Centre


4th February
2012

First Saturday Lunches - A longstanding tradition at Melton’s, they are very popular and booking is necessary. Todays' theme - Pork.

A menu using the rare breed meat of Taste Tradition (Thirsk).

- Salad of Black Pudding and Dry Cured Bacon
- Stuffed Pigs Trotters (Slice of)
- Cured Loin of Pork with Apple and Horseradish
- Lemon Tart


Meltons Restaurant
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4th February
2012

York Guildhall Orchestra present -

Mozart – Overture to Il Seraglio

Greig – Peer Gynt Suite No.1

Hamdan al Shaely - The Blessed Renaissance (UK Premier)

Joanna Marsh – Kuhayla (World Premier)

Brahms – Symphony No.1

Part of this concert will be conducted by our special guest, Hamdan al Shaely, associate conductor of the Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra.

Concert at 7.30 pm



York Barbican Centre

York Guildhall Orchestra


4th February
2012

House Concerts present - Terra Naomi.

We are delighted to announce our first show of 2012 with Terra Naomi. We first saw her live supporting The Fray some years ago, and after going to see her play in New York this summer, arranged this gig. It is a rare opportunity to see her in the UK, and one of her first gigs here for many years.

She is touring her new album 'To Know I'm OK' which was produced by Grammy nominated John Alagia (John Mayer, Jason Mraz, Dave Matthews, Rachael Yamagata). SOLD OUT

House Concerts - Not a normal venue, more like a mix of the Radio One Live Lounge, and hearing every note as if you're sitting in the corner of the artist's recording studio. If you'd like to come along it's simple:- choose a gig - have a listen - donate to the artist - we send out your personal invite - & that's it. It's by private invitation only, very limited spaces, non-profit making and all about the music not the money!



House Concerts

4th February
2012

Wetherby Races - Yorkshire's premier National Hunt Racecourse presents Totepool Irish Day

Wetherby Racecourse

4th February
2012

The Stones - a tribute.

The legendary Rolling Stones were formed in 1962. Now 'The Stones' bring to the stage all the energy and excitement of a live Rolling Stones concert. This is not a "tongue in cheek" approach, but a serious tribute to the music of the greatest rock and roll band in the world.

This superb band covers songs from all periods of The Rolling Stones' career but the majority of songs are from the 60's and 70's. 8.00 pm



Galtres Centre
Easingwold
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4th February
2012

The Milton Rooms presents Music in the Studio - Encore!!

Enjoy an evening in the fabulous world of French Chansons Populaires. Songs with poetry for lyrics, telling stories that still move to laughter and tears, and with music which evokes a time and place and yet still touches us, and sometimes takes our breath away.

Via voice, piano and accordion Encore!! - Maggi Stratford and Daniel Bowater - conjure up the atmosphere of the French café-cabaret of these familiar songs, sung in French but interwoven with histories and explanations.

"Fabulous to hear an English woman singing these masterpieces of French Chansons so perfectly!"

7.30 pm




Milton Rooms
Malton


5th February
2012

Harrogate International Sunday Series presents - Pavão String Quartet.

The all-female Pavão String Quartet have rapidly established themselves as one of the most exciting young string quartets in the UK. With the great canon of music for string quartet at their heart, this versatile ensemble is highly regarded on the classical stage. The quartet’s varied programme spans three centuries, with the last (and most ambitious) works written by Haydn and Mendelssohn and a masterpiece by Britten which by contrast was composed when he was just a child. Their debut appearance on the Harrogate stage is definitely not to be missed.

Haydn Quartet No. 66 in G major, Op. 77, No. 1

Britten ‘Simple Symphony' Op. 4

Mendelssohn String Quartet No. 6 in F minor Op. 80

An ensemble that hasn’t forgotten how deeply sensual and emotionally liberating playing in a string quartet can be.’ The Strad Magazine

11.00 am



The Old Swan Hotel
Harrogate

Harrogate International Sunday Series

5/6th February
2012

York Barbican presents - 'Swan Lake'.

Moscow City Ballet makes a welcome return to the UK following a sensational 2010-2011 season which included sell-out performances and rave reviews.

Performing the dazzling Swan Lake, audiences can not only marvel at the perfection of its corps de ballet but witness the excellent technique and grace of principal dancers Alevtina Lapshina and Liliya Oryekhova.

The epic story of Prince Siegfried and his love for Odette, who tricked by the evil sorcerer Von Rothbart and his daughter Odile would rather die together then live apart, is performed beautifully to the familiar score by Tchaikovsky.

Founded by Victor Smirnov-Golovanov in 1988, Moscow City Ballet is one of Russia’s most successful and popular touring ballet companies, highly admired for its distinctive style, exciting choreography and exceptionally gifted dancers.

The dancers are elegant, superbly rehearsed and very savvy...The principals finished with a dazzling flourish and justifiably brought the house down.” Sunday Express

Moscow City Ballet will be accompanied on tour by the Moscow City Ballet Orchestra who will provide a dramatic soundtrack to this magical season of dance.

7.30 pm




York Barbican


6th February
2012

The Monthly Monday Meal - A longstanding tradition at Melton's, they are very popular and booking is necessary. Todays' theme - Pork.

A menu using the rare breed meat of Taste Tradition (Thirsk).

- Salad of Black Pudding and Dry Cured Bacon
- Stuffed Pigs Trotters (Slice of)
- Cured Loin of Pork with Apple and Horseradish
- Lemon Tart


Meltons Restaurant
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6th February
2012

The York Artworkers Association - The York Artworkers is an eclectic association of craftsmen, artists, conservators, academics and others who share a serious interest in the design of buildings, interiors and landscapes. Members represent architectural craftsmanship, other applied arts, fine arts, architecture and conservation. We welcome not only practitioners in these fields but anyone keen to broaden and share their knowledge.

2011/12 Talks - Emily Sutton: Artist and Illustrator.

Emily Sutton studied Illustration at Edinburgh College of Art and Rhode Island School of Design. Her work is rooted in a love of drawing and detail, and is inspired by mid-20th Century illustrators including Edward Bawden, Eric Ravillious and Barnett Freedman. She has just finished work on her first children's book for the V and A, 'Clara Button and The Magical Hat Day', as well as other book commissions for Faber and Faber and Betty's. Emily has also had several exhibitions of her three-dimensional embroidered fabric birds which have been featured in World of Interiors magazine. Talk starts at 7.30 pm


Jacob's Well
Trinity Lane
Micklegate

York Artworkers Association


6th February
2012

Helmsley Decorative And Fine Arts Society present Chariots of Fire: The Olympic Games a lecture by Hilary Hope Guise.

Hilary Hope Guise trained as a painter at St Martin’s. She has exhibited in Berlin and France and lectures widely in London and America. This lecture will cover the story and excitement of the Olympic Games in this topical year.


7.30 pm
Helmsley Arts Centre


7th February
2012

Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens 2012 Workshop Series - We have some fantastic workshops for you this year at Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens. All courses include coffee and biscuits and the opportunity to look at books and leaflets of interest. ALL WORKSHOPS INCLUDE GARDEN ENTRY. Pre-booking is Essential.

Today - Pruning an Apple tree with Vanessa Cook with Vanessa Cook.

This hands-on workshop with the Garden Owner, Vanessa Cook will show you how to prune apple trees to maximise cropping potential for the year ahead. Please bring your secateurs.

Runs from 10.00 am to 12 noon.



Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens

7th February
2012

Yorkshire Museum Curators Talks - Roman Gods of Love. 12.30 pm

Yorkshire Museum

York Museums Trust Adult Learning Programme
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7th February
2012

Yorkshire Philosophical Society - Promoting the understanding of science for over 180 years.

Lecture Programme 2011/12 - tonight - 100 Years of Nature Conservation. The Michael Clegg Memorial Lecture, by Michael Allen, Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts.

This talk starts at 7.30pm. For more information please call 01904 656713.

Tempest Anderson Hall
Yorkshire Museum

Yorkshire Philosophical Society



8th February
2012

The Ebor Lectures - The Ebor Lectures are a response to the growing need for theology to interact with public issues in contemporary society.

2011-2012 The Good Society? Re-invigorating Public Life - There has been recent political debate about the importance of re-invigorating society, and increasing the engagement of citizens in public life. As part of this debate, the Government has proposed the development of the Big Society, encouraging people to engage in neighbourhoods and communities. They propose a shift of power from the state to communities, through support of social enterprise, charities and co-operatives. Some argue that the Big Society represents a retreat from state provision.

Within this context the 2011-12 Ebor Lectures, in partnership with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, ask fundamental questions about the nature of the 'good society', and the role of citizens, government, faith communities and voluntary organisations in the re-invigoration of civic life.

Tonight - 'The hidden wealth of nations?' with Dr David Halpern, Director of Behavioural Insight Team, No.10 and the Cabinet Office/Senior Fellow of the Institute for Government.

Admission is free but by ticket only.



York St John University

The Ebor Lectures


8th February
2012

The Historical Association York & NY Branch Lecture Programme 2011/12 - tonight - "Medieval Heresies". With Professor Peter Biller, University of York.

This talk starts at 7.00 pm.

Queen Margaret's School
Escrick

The Historical Association

8th February
2012

York Bibliographical Society present - "THE MEDIEVAL LIBRARY" with Prof. Richard Gameson, Dept. of History, University of Durham.

York, has long been associated with books, through printing, publishing and selling, makes a natural base for a society initiated by, and dedicated to those who love books. The Society combines information and scholarship with entertainment and sociability. All who have an interest in books are welcome to join this active group of booklovers.

Brigantes Bar and Brasserie
114 Micklegate

York Bibliographical Society


8th February
2012

York Concerts present de ereprijs.

Roger Marsh What Charlie did next
Joe Cutler September Music
Donnacha Dennehy An Irish Process
Gwynn Prtichard Harmoniemusik
Nick Caswell new work
Richard Ayres No 44

The Dutch ensemble de ereprijs makes a welcome return to York with a programme devised for the Musis Sacrum concert hall in Arnhem in 2009.

Composed especially for de ereprijs, by British composers who have become their regular collaborators, these pieces reflect the virtuosity and sense of fun for which the group has become renowned through its 30-year history. With their distinctive sound – wind and brass with electric guitars and percussion – and the informality of their concerts, an exhilarating evening is promised.


Sir Jack Lyons
Concert Hall
UoY

York Concerts

9th February
2012

The Black Swan Folk Club present - Singers & Musicians Night.

All acoustic performers are made welcome, and listeners besides, at our popular Open House session. The more the merrier, so do come along.



8.00 pm
Black Swan,
Peasholme Green
B.S.F.C.


10th February
2012

Midge Ure - An artist who has received Ivor Novello, Grammy, BASCAP awards along with a flotilla of gold and platinum records, really needs very little introduction. His bands include Visage, Ultravox and the most famous group in music history Band Aid for which he wrote Do They Know its Christmas with Bob Geldof.

Over recent years Midge Ure has continued to tour extensively solo, with his own band and with the reformed Ultravox and on this tour he presents an intimate acoustic evening combining a collection of his own classic songs, stories and some of the songs that inspired him.



Pocklington Arts Centre


11th February
2012

Yorkwalk Historical Guided Walking Tours - The Choccy & Sweetie Tour.

A delicious tour - hear the history of Terrys & Rowntrees, visit Choccy and Sweetie shops and taste free samples. Walks start at 10.30 am and 2.00 pm


Yorkwalk

11th February
2012

York Georgian Society - York Georgian Society was founded in 1939 to promote the preservation and care of Georgian buildings in and around York, England, while fostering the study and appreciation of them. It is the second oldest society outside London devoted to the Georgian era. The Society's remit extends beyond architecture and the crafts associated with building to include the arts, culture and society of the period from 1660, the year of George I's birth, to 1837, the year of William IV's death.

YGS lecture - ‘It will quite eclipse Napoleon’: The Prince Regent on seeing John Nash’s Plans for London in 1811 with David Watkin, Hon. FRIBA, FSA, Emeritus Fellow of Peterhouse and Emeritus Professor of the History of Architecture, University of Cambridge. 2.30 pm

Dianne Willcocks
Lecture Theatre
(DG/017)
De Grey Court
York St. John University

York Georgian Society


11th February
2012

York Concerts present Lieder Day.

10.30 am Masterclass with Richard Jackson. Distinguished baritone and teacher Richard Jackson gives a masterclass on dialogues in early Lieder with students from the University of York.
Richard Jackson was a founder member of The Songmakers' Almanac, visiting the USA, Hong Kong and the festivals of Edinburgh, Bath, Aldeburgh and Bergen. He has taught both German and French Song at the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal Northern College of Music, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and at Trinity College of Music. He is in demand as leader of masterclasses from Baroque music to German and French Song which he has given at the Royal Northern College of Music, the Welsh College of Music, at the Birmingham Conservatoire and as far afield as the Australian National Academy of Music. As an adjudicator Richard judges competitions at several of the London Colleges and has served twice on the jury of the Kathleen Ferrier Awards.

1.00 pm Solo songs and duets.
Solo songs by Zelter, Mozart, Haydn, Hensel and Mendelssohn.
Duets by Reichardt, Schumann and Mendelssohn.
Two of the world's top Lieder singers perform solo songs and duets in the intimate surroundings of the NCEM.

3.30 pm An Early Liederabend. The University of York Chamber Choir present - Dialogues and partsongs by Haydn, Zelter, Reichardt and Schubert.

7.00 pm Schubert Die schöne Müllerin and solo songs by Schubert and Beethoven.

Two of the world’s top Lieder singers take part in this year’s song day, now established as a regular event in York’s musical calendar. Both have been regular visitors to York, most recently in a memorable recital of Schumann in 2010. James Gilchrist’s interpretation of Die schöne Müllerin is extraordinary: ‘Deeply moving’, BBC Music; ‘a touching vulnerability throughout’ BBC Music Magazine.
Barbara Schlick is one of the most highly-regarded German sopranos of her generation, particularly in the song repertoire.






National Centre
for Early Music
York

York Concerts

11th February
2012

York Barbican presents - Anton & Erin - Let's Do It.

Following a sold out UK tour in 2011 Anton du Beke and Erin Boag return with a sensational new show.

Britain’s favourite dance couple will be joined by singer Lance Ellington, superb guest dancers and a Live Orchestra conducted by Richard Balcombe.

With music from George Gershwin, Irving Berlin Kander & Ebb and Cole Porter featuring classic hits such as An American in Paris, Fascinating Rhythm, It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing), The Blue, Danube Waltz, Don’t Rain on My Parade and Cavatina.




York Barbican


11th February
2012

House Concerts present - Jesca Hoop (USA) and Rachel Sermanni.

When Mercury prizewinners Elbow toured the US, they chose a hugely talented but unknown American singer/songwriter to support them. Then Jesca Hoop followed them home to Manchester… for "a musical marriage made in heaven" [The Observer]... and now she plays York.....

Touted as a protégé of nu-folk Brit award winners Mumford and Sons, 19 year-old unsigned singer/songwriter Rachel Sermanni has not only caught the eye of Communion records (co-founded by Mumford’s Ben Lovett) , she was also the youngest act chosen to perform in January’s BBC Celtic Connections festival. If you’re lucky enough to have seen her perform live, this won’t come as any surprise.

House Concerts - Not a normal venue, more like a mix of the Radio One Live Lounge, and hearing every note as if you're sitting in the corner of the artist's recording studio. If you'd like to come along it's simple:- choose a gig - have a listen - donate to the artist - we send out your personal invite - & that's it. It's by private invitation only, very limited spaces, non-profit making and all about the music not the money!



House Concerts

11th February
2012

Coastival’s Rather Splendid Day Out - Main highlight of 11thFebruary will be a coup for Coastival and for Scarborough as it is chosen to host the first part of a major theatre event by award-winning theatre company Slung Low.

At 6.00 pm at the Spa Sun Court, Slung Low will present 'Darkness at the Sun Court', which is the first of five pieces to be performed at arts festivals across North Yorkshire under the collective name Converging Paths. Scarborough’s is a stand-alone performance but can also be viewed as part a five-show “epic, audience adventure”.

Television and radio personality Craig Charles will be another big draw for the ‘Splendid Day Out’. Craig, who is well known for his television work in Red Dwarf and Coronation Street, will be wearing his funk/soul DJ hat for this event as he hosts four hours of music from 10.00 pm at the Spa Grand Hall. This event also includes a performance by popular jazz/funk/soul band Nick Pride and the Pimptones.

Another highlight is likely to be the Comedy Gala evening at the Spa Theatre from 8.00 pm. Names of the acts taking part are being kept under wraps but organisers promise plenty of fun and lots of laughs.

A marathon ten and a half hours of live music will be on offer at the Acoustic Lounge at the Spa Vitadome from 12 noon to 10.30 pm. Acclaimed local band ISHKA will lead a host of local talent.

Throughout the rest of the day there will also be art exhibitions and installations, as well as theatre and performance at a wide range of venues including Scarborough Library and Information Centre, Hull University Scarborough Campus and local galleries.

There will also be art, dance and music sessions and workshops for children and young people through the Rollercoastival February Fiesta.



Various venues
in Scarborough

Coastival

11-19th February
2012

Wizard Week - Half term fun, including rides on the steam star from the Harry Potter movies.

The magic returns to the Museum again with a week of spells, tricks and mischief. Ride the steam star from the Harry Potter movies (small charge applies) and enjoy fun family activities.


National Railway Museum

11-19th February
2012

The 27th Annual Jorvik Viking Festival! -

Martin Simpson Trio & Enkelit - We're very pleased to welcome this multiple BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards winner back to the National Centre for Early music for an evening of sensational folk music, accompanied by Andy Cutting on melodeon and Andy Seward on double bass. Supported by the magical voices of Enkelit, this promises to be an event to remember! Having performed at NCEM to a sell-out audience, Martin is sure to be a popular addition to the 2012 Viking festival.

The Vikings' Song - A Quest for Freedom - A fantastic chance to see a unique performance! Adapted from children's author Peter Ward's Viking Trilogy with an eclectic mix of music composed by Early Music specialist Michael Fields, combined with a dynamic young cast from York St John University and authentic reproductions of Viking instruments, this Viking musical promises to be an exciting addition to the 27th annual Jorvik Viking Festival.

Black Tie Viking Banquet with Special Celebrity Guest Speaker - An exclusive addition to this year's Festival; visitors will be welcomed to a unique event at an historic venue by a torchlit Viking War band, before enjoying an evening of revelry, authentic Viking feast, music and song followed by our special celebrity guest speaker to entertain and delight!

York Minster Viking Wedding - Following the hugely successful Fit for a King event at York Minster in 2011, we return to this richly historical venue to witness a Viking wedding followed by musical celebration including contributions from the fantastic Sarah Dean & Soundsphere. Don't miss this unique opportunity for a special experience in a magnificent setting!

Jorvik Japes with Jeremy Strong - Join the brilliant Jeremy Strong, author of the famous 'Viking at School' and 'Viking in my bed' books for children, for an exclusive treat! Meet a host of Viking characters and the man himself before enjoying a Viking-themed afternoon tea time! With a bonus chance to get your books signed, this is an event not to be missed!

Festival of Fire Finale! - This is a finale event not to be missed! See the magnificent torchlit procession! Behold the spectacular longship burning when it receives the body of a fallen warrior! Marvel at manifestations of Norse mythology engulfed in flames! And wonder at the fire juggling and the amazing Festival firework display!

Many more events will be added!






Various Venues

Jorvik Viking Festival!

11-19th February
2012

Viking Family Fun Trail - Concealed within these castle grounds are the mini model Viking Gods and Goddesses who promise a small prize to those who can find them. In conjunction with the Jorvik Viking Festival. 10.00 am - 6.00 pm


Cliffords Tower



11-19th February
2012

Stuck for something to do? - The North Yorkshire Moors Railway has the answer!

If you're feeling a little chilly this winter, the North Yorkshire Moors Railway has plenty to warm your spirit. Step aboard and embark on a journey deep into the heart of the North York Moors, where you will be transported back to an era where magnificent steam engines ruled the railways.

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is open from 11-19th February. Start your journey at Pickering and discover the history of the Railway in the visitor centre. Head into the North York Moors and relive the magic of Harry Potter and Heartbeat with a visit to Goathland our celebrity station; before walking to Grosmont along the rail trail.

Why not indulge in a delicious warming hot chocolate or tuck into some scrumptious Yorkshire Fayre at one of our station tea rooms along the line.



North Yorkshire Moors Railway

11th February
-
10th June
2012

Gordon Baldwin: Objects for a Landscape - This exhibition showcases more than 100 works by one of the country's leading ceramic artists.

Baldwin, born in 1932, is internationally regarded as the UK's most distinguished living sculptural potter, who, for the last fifty years, has been producing the most radical and exciting work in clay.

He has been highly influential both as a teacher and artist and can be seen as a key post-war artist, whose activity has helped move ceramics onto a sculptural platform and away from its more traditional functional concerns.

Gordon Baldwin is a sculptural potter who has been very influential in moving ceramics towards sculptural forms and away from traditional functional pots. This show will display his works thematically, alongside related drawings, collages and photographs.

Most of the work on display will be from the 1980s onwards, including new works made by Baldwin as he approaches his 80th birthday.



York Art Gallery

12th February
2012

York Barbican presents - Van Morrison.

The legendary Van Morrison returns in February for his first York Barbican show in over nine years. The singer-songwriter returns to York Barbican for the first time since January 2003 to perform hits from a five-decade spanning career, including tracks from the classic albums Astral Weeks, Moondance and Into The Music.

Van Morrison’s distinctive blend of soul, rhythm and blues, rock ‘n’ roll and Celtic influences has earned him numerous awards including six Grammys, an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music.

‘Van the Man’ has enjoyed one of the most enduring and consistently impressive careers in musical history. His classic hits include Jackie Wilson Said (I’m In Heaven When You Smile), Brown Eyed Girl, Moondance, Bright Side Of The Road and the anthem Gloria.

7.30 pm




York Barbican

12th February
2012

Sowerby Music present 6Pac Jazz – the full line-up with that amazing horn section.

St. Oswald's Church
Sowerby
Thirsk

Sowerby Music

13th February
2012

Catterick Bridge Races

Catterick
Racecourse

13-17th
February
2012

Love Your Heritage - Family Half Term activities on all week, fun for all ages! Come and celebrate your heritage with crafts, cooking and more through the week!

Ryedale Folk Museum

14th February
2012

The Black Swan Folk Club on Tour present - The Martin Simpson Trio plus the Finnish-style vocal group Enkelit.



8.00 pm
The National Centre
for Early Music
B.S.F.C.

15th February
2012

York Museums Trust Adult Learning Programme - Curators Talks.

Dutch paintings.

12.30 pm

York Art Gallery

York Museums Trust Adult Learning Programme
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15th February
2012

York Concerts present Roy Howat piano.

Chabrier Aubade
Debussy Images, 1re série
Chabrier Ballabile; Caprice; Feuillet d’album
Debussy D'un cahier d'esquisses; L'isle joyeuse
Debussy Preludes Book 2

Roy Howat is internationally renowned as both pianist and scholar, one of a few British artists invited to teach and play French music at major French-speaking Conservatoires and on French radio. He is specially known for his lively lectures and masterclasses, which he has given worldwide at venues including the USA's Juilliard and Eastman Schools.

In a wide-ranging career he has also conducted professionally, played violin in major London chamber orchestras, and held University posts in several countries. His recent book The Art of French Piano Music received outstanding reviews and his editions of piano music by Debussy and Chabrier are regarded as definitive.


Sir Jack Lyons
Concert Hall
UoY

York Concerts

15th February
2012

York Barbican presents - Katherine Jenkins.

Katherine Jenkins, the record-breaking multi platinum selling mezzo-soprano, has announced a date at the York Barbican next February, as part of her Daydream tour.

Making her debut appearance at York Barbican on Wednesday 15 February, Katherine will be performing up close and personal for her first theatre tour in three years.

Katherine is the first British classical crossover artist to have two number one albums in the same year and her third album, Living in a Dream, reached number 4 in the pop album charts. This album contained the moving cover of Dolly Parton’s I Will Always Love You.

This tour coincides with the release of her latest album, Daydream, which debuted at Number 6 in the pop charts. The album is her most personal to date drawing together music and songs she loves from across classical, traditional, folk and easy pop that have inspired her over the course of her life.

The Daydream tour will also see Katherine perform some of her best-known songs that she has performed and recorded over her last seven albums including tracks from her debut album Premiere through to her best selling album Believe.

7.30 pm




York Barbican


16th February
2012

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (York Group) lecture - "A Potteric Carr Nature Reserve Year" by Susan & Alan Parker. 7.30 pm

Temple Hall
York St. John University

RSPB York

16th February
2012

The Black Swan Folk Club present - Gloria.

8.00 pm
Black Swan,
Peasholme Green
B.S.F.C.

17th February
2012

York Astronomical Society presentation - 'Relativistic Jets' by Sam Falle, University of Leeds.

Some galaxies produce relativistic jets whose power output is much larger than that of the all the stars in the galaxy put together. These jets are generated by an object in the centre of the galaxy which is about the same size as the solar system; almost certainly a black hole. This talk describes how these jets are formed and how they blast their way out of the galaxy. 8.00 pm

Denham Room
Priory St Centre
Priory Street

York Astronomical Society

17th February
2012

British Music Society of York presents - The Doric String Quartet - Alex Reddington and Jonathan Stone (violins), Simon Tandree (viola) and John Myerscough (cello) playing -

Haydn - Quartet in D, Op. 20 No. 4

Chausson - Quartet in C minor, Op. 35

Schubert - Quartet in D minor, D. 810 (Death and the Maiden)



Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall
University of York

British Music Society of York


17th February
2012

York Concerts present [rout] - 'Lost & Found'.

In Lost & Found, amplified ensemble [rout] explores found and discarded sounds. The group has worked with composers Paul Newland, Andrew Poppy, James Saunders and Michael Wolters to create new performances from salvaged, revealed and rediscovered materials: texts, sounds, scores, images, objects, instruments and contexts.

The performance also features a new collaborative work by Stephen Cornford and Paul Whitty, it pays my way and it corrodes my soul. This is the second of our new Rymer Nights series showcasing new work in the perfect acoustic of the Rymer Auditorium.



Rymer Auditorium
UoY

York Concerts

17th February
2012

Kula Productions is pleased to welcome AN INTIMATE EVENING WITH DAVE SWARBRICK.

When Dave asked Kula if he could return to the Frazer to present an intimate evening of songs and anecdotes – how could we refuse?!

In ours, and many others eyes, Dave Swarbrick is a legend and icon of the folk-rock movement as well as being a virtuoso fiddle-player.

His career spans across five decades during which time he played an intregal part in the classic line-up of Fairport Convention. He has also worked with Martin Carthy over many years with whom he SOLD OUT the Frazer Theatre in 2009.


The Frazer Theatre
Knaresborough
Kula Productions

17th February
2012

Anna Massie & Mairearad Green in Concert.

Reeth Memorial Hall



17/18th
February
2012

The Fantasist's Waltz Directed by: Kyle Davies and Lizzie Wiggs.

Set in a world of misguided passions, momentary lifetimes and crumbs of desire, The Fantasist’s Waltz is a haunting modern fairy tale of an isolated man who disappears into his imagination for solace; a magnificent dream world in which he is the centre of wonder and the object of desire.

Through the veins of TongueTied’s tale pulses a live original score and inventive physical storytelling, bringing to life the story of a man’s fight for survival in a world that has seemingly forgotten him.



York Theatre Royal


17th
February
- 3rd March
2012

The Diary of Anne Frank.

Anne Frank's world famous diary charts two years of her life from 1942 to 1944. This extraordinary personal account of hope, courage and survival has united and touched people world wide.

Whilst hidden from the German Nazis, with her Jewish family, in a secret annex in Amsterdam, Anne documented her hops, frustrations and day to day experiences in confinement.

Anne's wry observations of herself and her companions have been dramatised in this stunning play, evoking all the original sentiments of a young girl's dramatic and heartbreaking diary, written in the most hostile of environments.



York Theatre Royal




18th February
2012

York Farmers Market - The York Farmers Market was one of the first to be established in the north of England in the Autumn of 1999. The success as the forerunner to this movement in the north has led to a large number of other markets opening up in the area and, more importantly, created an alternative source of income to many farmers and producers.

The main benefit of the farmers market here at Murton is that it is all under cover come rain, snow or high wind with a large private car park adjacent. There is always seasonal activity and special events at the markets, adding extra value and interest.

The main principle of the farmers market is that it is local producers selling fresh quality produce direct to local consumers in an atmosphere which promotes dialogue and understanding of food production including environmental and welfare standards. This cuts down food miles and puts money back into the local economy rather than imported goods.

The market always offers an extensive range of produce including:-

Yorkshire beef, lamb & pork;
Organic vegetables;
Free range chicken & eggs;
Fresh handmade bread & cakes;
Pastries;
Fish;
Sausages;
Soups;
Preserves & much more...

A fantastic choice of fresh quality local produce at very competitive prices and the benefit of knowing where it's come from and how it's been produced.





York Auction Centre
Murton, York
York Farmers Market

18th February
2012

York Museums Trust Adult Learning Programme - Fossils of the Yorkshire Coast.

This one-day class will show you examples of the common fossils to be found on the Yorkshire Coast and will give you an idea of what you might find where, and how. Discover how a bit of beach-combing can help improve our understanding of the history of life on Earth with palaeontologist, Liam Herringshaw.

9.30 am - 4.30 pm

Yorkshire Museum

York Museums Trust Adult Learning Programme
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18th February
2012

Yorkwalk Historical Guided Walking Tours - The Choccy & Sweetie Tour.

A delicious tour - hear the history of Terrys & Rowntrees, visit Choccy and Sweetie shops and taste free samples. Walks start at 10.30 am and 2.00 pm


Yorkwalk



19th February
2012

SambaSunda Quintet.

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.



National Centre
for Early Music


19th February
2012

Harrogate International Sunday Series presents - Martin Roscoe, piano.

One of Britain’s most prolific recitalists, Martin Roscoe is equally at home in concerto, recital and chamber performances. In an ever more distinguished career, his popularity and critical acclaim are built on a deeply thoughtful musicianship, allied to an easy rapport with audiences and fellow musicians alike. Illustrating his breadth of experience, Roscoe’s programme takes us on a journey from the playful ‘Scenes from Childhood’ in Schumann’s Kinderszenen, to the sombre and tragic sonorities of Beethoven’s masterpiece, and the turbulent drama from Schubert’s sonata, written just two months before the composer’s death.

Schumann Kinderszenen Op. 15

Beethoven Sonata No. 8 in C minor for Piano, Op. 13 'Pathétique'

Schubert Sonata in B flat D.960

‘…Roscoe is a pianist who both thinks and offers full-blooded playing of breadth and depth. In this country, he is an uncommon creature…’ Daily Telegraph.

11.00 am



The Old Swan Hotel
Harrogate

Harrogate International Sunday Series


19th February
2012

Piano Recital - Alasdair Beatson.

Highly regarded as a distinctive and accomplished musician, the young Scottish pianist continues to make an impact on the classical music scene. This season he holds an artistic residency at Perth Concert Hall, performs in Belgium, in Bath's Mozartfest, appears three times at the Wigmore Hall and continues his extensive work with a welcome visit to Helmsley.

Tonight he will play:

Mozart Sonata in F K332

Faure Preludes op 103

Ravel Sonatine

Schumann Fantasy op 17


7.30 pm

Helmsley Arts Centre


19th February
2012

Benjamin Francis Leftwich - At just 21 years of age, Ben’s song-writing has a complex quizzical innocence, echoing the enchanting wordplay of Feist and the delicate elegance of Elliott Smith.

Ben’s new album Last Smoke Before The Snowstorm follows on from the success of 2010‘s A Million Miles Out EP, which have placed him as one of the most exciting upcoming talents in the UK. The success of the the EP led Jo Whiley to make lead track, Atlas Hands, one of her tracks of 2010.

His on-line success includes over 1,000,000 views on YouTube. Pictures led to backing from Radio 1 and XFM with the title track awarded Zane Lowe’s Hottest Record in the World and Greg James’s ROTW.

Brit-folk's pretty new voice” NME



Pocklington Arts Centre


21st February
2012

Yorkshire Philosophical Society - Promoting the understanding of science for over 180 years.

Lecture Programme 2011/12 - tonight - Fifty Years of Lasers: Cold and trapped - using lasers to approach absolute zero. A lecture by Dr Andy Pratt, Department of Physics, University of York.

This talk starts at 7.30pm. For more information please call 01904 656713.

Tempest Anderson Hall
Yorkshire Museum

Yorkshire Philosophical Society

21st February
2012

Wetherby Races - Yorkshire's premier National Hunt Racecourse presents Weekday Racing

Wetherby Racecourse


21-25th
February
2012

'David Copperfield'.

All the tradition of a Dicken's classic but with much much more, York Stage Musicals are celebrating Charles Dickens' 200th Birthday with a new stage adaptation of his favourite novel David Copperfield - a story filled with adventure, excitement and wonder.

Charles Dickens said of all his heroes: "I have in my heart of hearts a favourite.and his name is David Copperfield" - Like a Dickensian Harry Potter, David leads us on a magical journey, encountering villains and challenges that will have you on the edge of your seat.

The Joseph Rowntree stage will be transformed into a magical playground as David sets sail on the high seas in a playful world full of puppets, donkeys, music and invention.

PLAY PERFORMED AT THE JOSEPH ROWNTREE THEATRE; TICKETS ONLY FROM THEATRE ROYAL BOX OFFICE.




York Theatre Royal



22nd February
2012

York Minster - Ash Wednesday.

Today marks the beginning of the season of Lent. Worship will be held throughout the day, with the opportunity at all services for those who wish to receive in ash the sign of the cross.

7.45 am Holy Communion with Imposition of Ashes.

11.00 am Imposition of Ashes.

12.30 pm Holy Communion with Imposition of Ashes.

2.00 pm Imposition of Ashes.

5.15 pm Sung Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes - The Ash Wednesday Sung Eucharist (which includes the singing of Allegri’s Miserere) offers a full liturgical celebration with which to begin the observance of Lent.



York Minster

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22nd February
2012

York Concerts present The University Chamber Orchestra.

Elgar Romance for bassoon
Martinu Double Concerto for flute and violin
Beethoven Symphony no. 8 in F op. 98

Beethoven's effervescent symphony is well known, but this concert includes two rarities that should not be missed: Elgar's Romance is a short and poetic work for solo bassoon and Martinu's subtle pairing of flute and violin soloists is irresistible.


Sir Jack Lyons
Concert Hall
UoY

York Concerts


22nd
February
- 3rd March
2012

Old Bomb Theatre presents Bed.

In Jim Cartwright’s extraordinary play about sleep, insomnia and growing old, eight elderly characters relive their lives and evoke their dreams.

Old Bomb, the theatre company behind recent productions of Pinteresque, Cigarettes and Chocolate and Waiting for Godot, bring you another intimate and atmospheric show, complete with specially composed music and a very large mattress.

Bring your pyjamas, join in the fun and get ready for bed!



York Theatre Royal

23rd February
2012

Tutored Wine Tastings - Wines of Chile.

Tutored wine tastings, run in association with The Wine Academy with a two course supper and coffee. Wine Academy staff or a guest speaker will conduct the relaxed, informal tasting and our chefs will choose a two-course meal to compliment the theme of the evening. 7.30 pm


Meltons Too
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23rd February
2012

York Barbican presents - Port Issac's Fisherman's Friends.

English folk music has enjoyed a renaissance in the last decade, especially in the West Country. Now, after their success at the 2011 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award, these Shanty men of Port Isaac are out on the road to delight and enthral audiences with their voices in an incredibly rousing and joyful set of Shanties and Cornish folk songs. The authentic sound of the shanty can be heard loud and clear via the mighty, brawny chorale of The Fisherman’s Friends. Be prepared to have your ears blown clean off.

Between them, they are five baritones, two top tenors, two second tenors, and one bass it makes a fat sound, a full sound, a solid wall of sound.

The Fisherman's Friends from Port Isaac have delighted visitors and locals there for more than 15 years, with almost 300 live performances under their belts, a major album release and now these selective live dates.

7.30 pm




York Barbican

23rd February
2012

The Black Swan Folk Club present - Patsy Matheson & Becky Mills.

8.00 pm
Black Swan,
Peasholme Green
B.S.F.C.


23rd February
2012

York Minster - Lent Meditation followed by Compline.

The first of a series of short talks for the season of Lent, followed by the Office of Compline, sung by the Ebor Singers. 8.30 pm


York Minster
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24th February
2012

York Minster - Stations of the Cross.

This service takes the form of a walk around the Minster, with readings, prayers and hymns reflecting on Ghislaine Howard’s powerful images marking Christ’s journey from his trail to his burial. 11.45 am


York Minster
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24th February
2012

Kula Productions is pleased to welcome NICK LOWE.

NICK LOWE began his musical career as a member of Brinsley Schwarz, during which time he wrote (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding, a hit for Elvis Costello in 1979, and Cruel to Be Kind, a solo hit the same year.

After leaving Brinsley Schwarz in 1975, Lowe began playing in Rockpile with Dave Edmunds. The following year Lowe released So It Goes, the first single on Stiff Records where he was an in-house producer. Dr. Feelgood’s hit single Milk and Alcohol was co-penned by Lowe, which along with I Love The Sound of Breaking Glass, reach the Top 10 in 1978. He also produced The Damned's first single, New Rose, considered the first English punk single, as well as the group's debut album, Damned Damned Damned.

After the demise of Rockpile, Lowe toured for a period with his band Noise To Go and later with The Cowboy Outfit. In 1992, (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding was covered by Curtis Stigers on the soundtrack album to The Bodyguard, an album that sold over 15 million copies.

Lowe played Glastonbury 2011, performing a short solo set of Brinsley Schwarz tracks on The Spirit Of 71 stage, where they played back in 1971, before heading to the Acoustic Stage for a full band show. Nick’s NEW album The Old Magic will be released in September.


The Frazer Theatre
Knaresborough
Kula Productions

25th February
2012

Charity Concert - The Fab Beatles.

Here’s a great Christmas present idea for Beatles music lovers!

Tickets are now on sale for a spectacular show which will take place on Saturday 25th February at Malton’s Milton Rooms, featuring the UK's number one Beatles tribute band, the Fab Beatles! We’re expecting it to be a sell-out concert and have everyone “dancing in the aisles” with all proceeds going to local charity Ryedale Special Families.

Formed in 1991 the Fab Beatles have risen through sheer hard work and dedication to be one of the most sought-after Beatles tribute bands in the world today, with concerts performed all over the UK, Europe, the Middle East and the Americas. Chosen by the BBC as "The Best", and commissioned by EMI to promote the "Beatles 1" CD, the Fab Beatles pride themselves on their professionalism and attention to detail. It is well documented that their sound is the closest you will ever hear to the original Beatles!

Their show starts with early "Hamburg" material and goes right through to “Let It Be” and the break-up of the band, with costumes from the 1965 "Shea stadium" look to "Sgt Pepper" and "Abbey Road", with a repertoire that is second to none! The Fab Beatles use only authentic instruments and costumes, and even boast to have the very drum-kit used by Ringo on The Beatles 1964 American tour!

7.30 pm




Milton Rooms
Malton


25th February
2012

Hunt Roberts Theatre presents 'Fast Woman' By Stuart Howson. Directed by Finetime Fontayne.

Daredevil Helle Nice was a fast woman in every sense: in life, in love and in motor-racing. Roaring through the 1920's she danced her way to notoriety at the Casino de Paris, posed nude for Parisian photographers and risked her life many times in adventures as diverse as skiing, high wire acts, mountaineering and speed record attempts.

Her skill and courage brought her success; her brazen media savvy brought her enemies - one in particular.

In him she met her match...


7.30 pm

Helmsley Arts Centre

26th February
2012

York Barbican presents - Joan Baez.

Since she began her legendary residency at Boston's famed Club 47 and her debut at the 1959 Newport Folk Festival Joan Baez has remained a musical force of nature whose influence is incalculable - marching on the front line of the civil rights movement with Martin Luther King, singing on the first Amnesty International tour, standing alongside Nelson Mandela when the world celebrated his 90th birthday in London's Hyde Park.

Her earliest recordings fed a host of traditional ballads into the rock vernacular, before she unselfconsciously introduced Bob Dylan to the world in 1963 and focused awareness on songwriters ranging from Woody Guthrie, Dylan, Phil Ochs, Richard Fariña, and Tim Hardin, to Kris Kristofferson and Mickey Newbury, to Dar Williams, Richard Shindell, Steve Earle and many more.

7.30 pm




York Barbican

29th February
2012

YAS Free Public Star Party - YAS Free Public Star Party on the Knavesmire. From 7pm till late, weather permitting.

We will be there, even if it rains, for about half an hour for a chat. Observe through our telescopes, or feel free to bring your own along for help and advice if needed.

Objects on show should include: the Moon, planets (Mercury and Uranus setting, Venus, Jupiter and Mars will be rising), star clusters (Hyades, Pleiades, M44, M67), and galaxies (M31).



Knavesmire

York Astronomical Society


29th February
2012

York Concerts present The University Jazz Orchestra with Home is where the Music is - the sounds of Hugh Masekela.

The Jazz Orchestra is delighted to present a selection from the career of one of the giants of world music – South African trumpeter, composer, singer, and anti-apartheid activist Hugh Masekela. First given a trumpet when he was 14 by Louis Armstrong, Masekela made his recording debut three years later in the Father Huddleston Band before forming the Jazz Epistles and making the first jazz LP to be recorded by an African band.

Following the 1960 Sharpeville Massacre, Masekela entered a prolonged period of exile and became a key voice in the international anti-apartheid movement, releasing a string of politically aware hits. Masekela’s career is notable for his unusual ability to combine the roles of a respected jazz artist, a pioneer in the world music movement, and a commercially successful pop artist – his U.S. No.1 hit ‘Grazin’ In The Grass’ sold four million copies worldwide.


National Centre
for Early Music
York

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