Listen up – four contemporary classical concerts not to miss

1 Aug 2019 @ 3.57 pm
| Entertainment

If you’ve not heard of Late Music, you should have. They have been programming new classical music concerts in York for more than 20 years.

It has a proud history of commissioning internationally renowned composers and programming a variety of top-quality performers.

Late Music has also run educational outreach projects, regularly working in partnership with the City of York Council, plus local arts organisations and educational institutions such as York Music Centre, York College, and York St John University.

The concert series’ home is in the beautiful Unitarian Chapel on St Saviourgate – one of York’s hidden gems. The chapel boasts a wonderfully resonant acoustic, perfect for creating a vibrant space for listening to music.

As we said, if you’ve not heard of Late Music, you should have. Here’s how you can.

Aspects of Eno part 2 – Kate Ledger (piano)
Saturday 3 August @ 7:30pm

Our Aspects of Eno programme continues with live performances of six of the pieces from his 1970’s Brian Eno/Harold Budd ambient masterpiece The Plateaux of Mirror which, as far as we know, have never been performed live before. Alongside this are works by classical composers of interest to Eno, notably Erik Satie plus composers who have been influenced by Eno.

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Illuminate, with the Ethel Smyth Trio
Saturday 7 September @ 7:30pm

Illuminate is a new project to promote the work of emerging women composers and performers. It also gives a platform for historical repertoire by women composers to sit alongside new works. The project has been set up by Dr Angela Elizabeth Slater, a freelance composer who is a strong advocate of the promotion of women’s music both past and present.

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York Composers Past and Present – Fairfax Ensemble
Saturday 5 October @ 1:00pm

York-based Fairfax Trio present a concert of York and regional composers past and present including some neglected gems from York’s rich musical history. Composers include John Scott Whiteley, Philip Moore, Wilfrid Mellers, Nicola LeFanu, Christopher Fox, James Williamson and Nick Williams.

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Loops & Lines – Steve Bingham
Saturday 5 October @ 7:30pm

Steve Bingham will create a sophisticated array of sounds and textures with a violin and looping technology, in music by one of the UK’s most innovative and celebrated composers Michael Nyman, minimalists Philip Glass and Steve Reich among others. For contrast, this concert will also include some of J.S. Bach’s most profound works for violin.

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