to the University Concert Series and to the Music Department.  The season continues with a further six months of varied concerts and events, and we hope that we will see you on many occasions.

The new year starts off with a bang thanks to BackBeat – an exciting percussion ensemble whose performances are a visual and aural surprise.  As well as their evening concert they will be giving a special schools concert during the morning.  The talented young Belcea Quartet’s programme of Schubert and Janacek must be a chamber music lover’s dream, and the same could be said of Hausmusik’s concert a month later. Trio Mediaeval offers a more esoteric programme, singing English and Norwegian songs from the middle ages to the 21st century.   And ensembles such as the University Choir and Orchestra, Gamelan and Jazz Orchestra continue to attract enthusiastic audiences with their committed and accomplished performances.

The Music Department is as full of energy and new projects as ever.  Last May we launched the appeal for our new research building and we are over halfway to our target.  This major extension to our music complex will have a ‘surroundsound’ auditorium and a contemporary art gallery, together with research music-studios.  It will make a superb addition to the concert facilities accessible to the public in York.

At our final concert of the year we will be saying goodbye to David Blake, who has been an inspirational and steadfast member of the Department since he came here as the first Granada Arts Fellow. This year he retires; he will be greatly missed and we recommend early booking for his farewell concert.

We hope to see new faces and old friends at our many concerts and events throughout the year.  If you would like to become more involved with the Music Department and its work, do please get in touch with us.

Sarah Derbyshire                                                                                                                              Nicola LeFanu

Wednesday 18 October 8pm

Price Band C

New Music Players

Roger Montgomery - horn/conductor

Mieko Kanno - violin

Michael Atkinson - cello

Rowland Sutherland - flute

Inigo Alonso - clarinet

Richard Casey - piano

Tim Palmer - percussion


Sextet                                             Edward Dudley Hughes

Etudes for solo piano                     Gyorgi Ligeti

Explore Yourself

Gordon McPherson

Intermedio alla Ciaccona for solo violin

Brian Ferneyhough

Contour Line

Jo Kondo

Triple Duo

Elliott Carter

This is the inaugural concert by the University's newly appointed ensemble-in-residence. The New Music Players is one of the UK's leading new music ensembles with each of its players a formidable virtuoso solo performer. The New Music Players aims to bring new insights to earlier repertoire through the performance of classic pieces alongside the most daring compositions of recent times. 

Thursday 19 October 8pm

Special Charity Concert in aid of Jessie's Fund

Emma Kirkby - soprano

Peter Seymour - fortepiano

A recital of Lieder and piano solos by Mozart, Haydn, Reichardt, CPE Bach, Zelter, Fanny Hensel and Schubert.

This will be the annual Birthday Concert for Jessie's Fund, a registered charity based in York which helps seriously ill children through the therapeutic use of music. Jessica George died of a brain tumour in1994, aged 9; her parents are both musicians, who have worked for many years at this university.

Wednesday 25 October 8pm

Price Band D

Sorrel String Quartet


Quartet Op.76 No.2 


Quartet in F (The American)Op.96 




Now enjoying its 11th season, the Sorrel Quartet is recognised as one of Britain's finest young ensembles. The Quartet has performed at all the major venues and festivals in Britain and has toured worldwide from Europe to South America. Its numerous recordings have been released to considerable acclaim, including the first three releases of the Quartet's projected cycle of the complete quartets of Shostakovich.

Wednesday 1 November 8pm

Price Band D

Peter Donohoe - piano


Sonata No.11 in A K331 




Kreisleriana Op. 16 


Venezia e Napoli 


Peter Donohoe has been described as a pianist "in a class of his own, an interpreter with a quite extraordinary feeling for musical phrasing, a 'sculptor' of the piano". We are delighted to welcome this major British artist back to perform in the Series.

Wednesday 8 November 8pm

Price Band D

Sainkho & Yat Kha


Sainkho Namtchylak - voice

Gera Popov - traditional instruments

Maxim Chapochnikov - DJ

Caspar Sacher - guitar/overtones


Albert Kuvezin - voice/guitar/Yat-Kha

Aldryn-Ool Sevek - voice/Igil/Morinhuur

Alexei Saaia - bass/Morinhuur/Bvox

Zhenya Tkachov - drums/Kengyrgy/percussion/Bvox

A double bill of Tuvan music by two of its most creative exponents. Sainkho Namtchylak and the 4 piece band Yat-Kha have taken traditional Tuvan music, with its strange and beautiful vocal tradition celebrating nature, nomadic culture and animism, in surprising and contrasting new directions.

This concert forms part of a Contemporary Music Network tour.

Saturday 11 November 7.30pm

Price Band A

Central Hall

Northern Sinfonia

Bradley Creswick - Director/violin

Peter Campbell-Kelly - violin

Marios Argiros - oboe

Peter Seymour - harpsichord


A celebration of JS Bach (1685-1750)

Brandenburg Concerto No.3 (BWV 1048)

Harpsichord concerto in F Minor (BWV 1056)

Concerto in D Minor for oboe and violin (BWV 1052)

Concerto in D Minor for 2 violins (BWV 1043)

Suite No.1 in C (BWV 1066)

The Central Hall Orchestral Series opens with a Bach programme celebrating the 250th anniversary of his death and concentrating on his secular music from Cöthen performed by Northern Sinfonia - one of Europe's finest chamber orchestras. They will be directed by their leader, Bradley Creswick, who often appears as soloist with the orchestra.

Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 November 8pm

Price Band B


Departmental Practical Project

A scintillating and colourful realisation of the classic medieval satire on life at the French court. The corrupt, dun-coloured ass Fauvel progresses through flirtation with the goddess Fortune and marriage to Vain-glory before seeing his progeny rule the world.

Friday 17 November 8pm

Price Band A


English Northern Philharmonia

Conductor - Steven Sloane


Overture: Don Giovanni 


Symphony No34 in C K 338 


Mozart a la Haydn 


Symphony No 7 in A, Op. 92 


We are delighted to welcome Steven Sloane, Opera North's new Music Director, as he conducts the company's resident orchestra for the first time in this series.

Wednesday 22 November 8pm

Price Band C

Odes for St Cecilia's Day

University Chamber Choir & Yorkshire Baroque Soloists

Welcome to all the pleasures (1683) 

Henry Purcell

Begin and strike the harmonious lyre! (1693) 

Daniel Purcell

Begin the song! (1684) 

John Blow

Yorkshire Baroque Soloists join the Chamber Choir in a special programme to celebrate the Festival of St Cecilia. A silver collection will be taken at the end of the concert in aid of the Musicians Benevolent Fund.

Supported by Yorkshire Arts



Wednesday 29 November 7.30pm

Price Band A


University Choir

English Northern Philharmonia

Conductor – Peter Seymour

Tenor - Joshua Ellicott

Organ - Philip Sutherland


Symphony No.3 in C Minor Op.78 ("Organ Symphony") 


Te deum Op.22 


This programme presents two French compositions which feature the organ in an important role. Berlioz described his Te deum as "colossal, Babylonian, Ninivite" and this mood is clearly represented by the grandeur and war-like nature of much of the music. Saint-Saëns' famous symphony has many similarly noble elements and both pieces make full use of the Minster's magnificent acoustic.

By kind permission of the Dean and Chapter



Wednesday 6 December 8pm

Price Band C

University Orchestra

Conductor - John Stringer


Machaut à ma Manière 


En Saga 


Symphony No. 1 


"This fine University Orchestra .... turned in an impressive performance" Sheffield Star

Friday 8 December 1.15pm and 8pm

Price Band B

New Music Group


The Music of Hans Abrahamsen - A Portrait

NMG welcomes the Danish composer, Hans Abrahamsen, to York. Professor Abrahamsen studied composition with Ligeti, Nøgård and Petrassi and is now a teacher at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen. His music has been recorded by the Berlin Philharmonic, the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the London Sinfonietta.

Programme includes Märchenbilder, Winternacht, Piano studies and Universe Birds.


Admission Free

Pre-concert talk: Paul Mealor talks to Professor Abrahamsen about his music

Wednesday 13 December 8pm

Price Band C

"Dressed in an Italian coat"

University Chamber Choir & Chamber Orchestra

Conductor - Peter Seymour


Music for the Royal Fireworks 


Concerto a due cori in Bb 


Concerto in Bb for 2 flutes, oboe, violin and strings 


Dixit Dominus 



This programme complements the Bach programme in November with more Italianate concertos by two of his illustrious and, in the 18th century, rather more famous contemporaries. Telemann (and likewise here Handel also) favoured a more conversational concerto style but one offering many colourful tonal groupings. Handel's 1747 Concerto for 2 concertino groups of oboes and bassoon includes arrangements from various oratorios, including Messiah. His ecstatic setting of the psalm Dixit Dominus dates from his time in Italy and he responds to the latest musical fashions he encountered there with a virtuosic piece for choir, soloists and orchestra.

Wednesday 10 January 11am

Admission Free (advance booking essential)

BackBeat Schools' Performance

BackBeat Schools' Performance is designed to inform, educate and entertain, using many instruments from the percussion family. A fast moving, fun packed show is guaranteed.

Wednesday 10 January 8pm

Price Band C

BackBeat Percussion Ensemble



Damien Harron

How the stars were made 

Peter Sculthorpe

Sukeroku * 

Roger Marsh

Living Room Music 

John Cage

Hand Luggage Only 

Damien Harron

Four Track Minds * 

Barry Russell

Double Music 

Cage / Harrison

Third Construction 

John Cage


Damien Harron

* BackBeat commission

The award winning BackBeat percussion quartet brings together four outstanding performers: Simone Rebello, Damien Harron, Richard Charles and Chris Bastock. Their performances combine virtuosity with accessibility, bringing together diverse elements, such as world music, jazz, theatrics and choreography. For example Damien Harron's Rebounds uses bouncing basket balls alongside bongos to create a visual and aural showpiece.

Wednesday 17 January 8pm

Price Band D

Belcea Quartet


Quartet No.1 in E flat D.87 


Quartet No.1 "Kreutzer Sonata" 


Quartet No.12 in C minor D703 "Quartettsatz" 


Quartet No.2 "Intimate Letters" 


"The Belcea's playing had a vital spark, zest, a questing spirit ... their performance leapt from the page"
Daily Telegraph

Wednesday 24 January 8pm

Price Band C

Trio Mediæval

Anna Maria Friman, Linn Andrea Fuglseth, Torunn Østrem Ossum

How shall I please?

English and Norwegian songs

Mediæval Carols

Early Tudor Songs &

Traditional Norwegian Songs

together with works by Ivan Moody, Bjørn Kruse, Lasse Thoressen and Paul Robinson.

The three sopranos of Trio Mediæval bring the beauty and power of medieval vocal music directly into the 21st century. Challenging musical juxtapositions, vibrant interpretations and a compelling stage presence create a unique concert experience.

Wednesday 31 January 8pm

Price Band B

University Chamber Orchestra

Conductor - John Stringer

Piano – Seng Choo Ong


New work 

Steven Baker

Piano Concerto No.2 


Symphony No. 99 


"Plenty of style and sparkle" Yorkshire Post

Thursday 1st February 7.30pm Admission Free

(advance booking essential)


PRS John Lennon Popular Music Lecture

Robert Fripp - "Discipline and the act of music"



In 1997, on May 16th, Robert Fripp celebrated 30 years as a professional musician and, on December 24th, 40 years
as a guitarist.  Fripp is best known as a founder and continuing member of King Crimson, from the debut album In
The Court Of The Crimson King in 1969, through Larks' Tongues In Aspic (1972), Red (1974), Discipline
(1981), VROOOM (1994), THRAK (1995), THRaKaTTaK (1996), and the H.O.R.D.E.  tour of 1996.

Well known collaborations and contributions include Fripp & Eno's No Pussyfooting (1973) and Evening Star
(1975), Eno's Nerve Net (1993), the first three Peter Gabriel albums, David Bowie's Heroes (1977) and Scary
Monsters (1980), Daryl Hall's Sacred Songs (1979), and The Roches (1979 & 1982).

Fripp left the music industry between 1984 and 1991 to establish the Guitar Craft seminar program, which continues
around the world.

Collaborations include David Sylvian, The First Day (1993), and Damage (1994), FFWD with The Orb and
Thomas Fehlmann (1994), and contributions to albums by The Grid and The Future Sound of London.

Wednesday 7 February 8pm

Price Band B

University Wind Orchestra

Conductors - John Stringer, Heidi Johnson, John Williams


Grande symphonie funébre et triomphale 


Music from 'The Threepenny Opera' 


Two central masterpieces from the wind orchestra repertoire form the core of this programme by the department's newest ensemble.

Wednesday 14 February 8pm

Price Band C

New Music Players


Cello Sonata 


Violin Sonata 


Quatuor pour le fin du temps 


After their successful York debut at the start of the season, New Music Players present a contrasting programme in
which they perform works by three of the most influential composers of the 20th century, which have now become
standard classics.

Friday 16 February 8pm

Price Band C

University Jazz Orchestra


Director: Tony Myatt

featuring the University's "No Net" Jazz Nonet , Director: Jonathan Eato

The award winning University Jazz Orchestra presents a programme of big band arrangements and compositions
drawing upon latin, swing and contemporary jazz influences.

Including the concert debut of the university's No Net Jazz Nonet playing original arrangements of works by
Thelonious Monk.

Wednesday 21 February 8pm

Price Band D

Chamber Music from Vienna







Hausmusik is dedicated to the performance of chamber repertoire of the late 18th and early 19thcenturies and was the first British chamber ensemble to perform Romantic music on period instruments. Their performances display "levels of musicianship, teamwork, virtuosity and imagination traditionally associated with the finest conventional chamber ensembles, distinguished by a winning sense of enjoyment and shared desire to communicate". The Independent

Friday 22 February 11am-1pm

Friday 23 February 8pm

Price Band C


Thomas Guthrie - baritone

Peter Seymour - fortepiano

This concert includes Schubert’s Schwanengesang, one of his final compositions to texts by Rellstab, Heine and Seidl; the cycle explores extremes of emotion, of love, pain, fidelity and despair.

Wednesday 28 February 8.30pm (NB Note starting time)

Price Band B


Music for Ash Wednesday

University Chamber Choir

Directors - John Potter, Peter Seymour, Jonathan Wainwright

A liturgical sequence for Ash Wednesday with music from the late Renaissance and early Baroque by Monteverdi, Gabrieli, Grandi and Cavalli.

Friday 2 March 7.30pm

Price Band A


BBC Philharmonic

Conductor – Tadaaki Otaka

Mezzo Soprano - Katerina Karneus

Four Sea Interludes (from Peter Grimes) 




Symphony No.1 in A flat major 


The BBC Philharmonic make its first appearance in this season’s series.  The programme promises to take us
through the full dramatic range of the orchestra, with Britten’s Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes evoking the North
Sea, Mahler’s moving song cycle and, finally, Elgar’s First Symphony, which found favour with audiences from its very
first performance.

Wednesday 7 March 8pm

Price Band D

University Choir

Jonathan Wainwright - conductor

Mark Swinton - organ

Mass in D (Op. 86) 


Motets: Ecce sacerdos magnos

             Christus factus est


Sonata No 2 in C Minor

(Peter Seymour - organ)


The University Choir performs Antonín Dvorák’s attractive Mass in D (1887) with the composer’s original organ
accompaniment together with motets by Anton Bruckner, including the magnificent Ecce sacerdos magnos for choir,
trombones and organ.  Please note that this concert takes place in the Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall. The hall’s Grant,
Degens and Bradbeer organ remains one of the finest recital instruments in the country.

Friday 9 March 1.15pm and 8pm

Price Band B

The American Experimental Tradition

New Music Group

Piano - Nicky Losseff

The programme will include Cage's Concert for Prepared Piano and Chamber Orchestra, with music by Alvin Lucier, Phill Niblock and William Brooks (recently appointed Reader in Music at the University); also film and music events throughout the day and works by student composers.


Admission Free

Pre-concert Talk: with composers from tonight's concert

Wednesday 14 March 8pm

Price Band C

University Orchestra

Conductor - David Blake


Six Pieces Op. 6 




Concerto for Orchestra 


Thursday 15 March 2pm

Admission Free (Advance booking essential)

Schools' Matinée

Works from the University Orchestra's programme from 14th March, presented especially for the 10 - 16 age group by David Blake.

Saturday 28 April 8pm

Price Band B

Electroacoustic Music Weekend

With guest artists and live instrumentalists, the York Electroacoustic Music weekend features cutting-edge
electroacoustic music and computer animation. Lunchtime events, installations, workshops and an internet-broadcast are included. See the music department web site details.

Wednesday 2 May 8pm

Price Band C

Sarah Beth Briggs - piano


Fantasy in C Minor K 475 



Sonata in B Flat K 333 



Sonata in E Minor Op. 90 



Variations & Fugue on a theme by Handel,  Op. 24 


The York based pianist, Sarah Beth Briggs has been described as "an artist of extraordinary magnetism" (Daily Telegraph) and "an exceptionally gifted musician" (The Guardian). Since becoming the youngest ever finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition, her career has gone from strength to strength.

Wednesday 9 May 8pm

Price Band C

'In the Street of Lost Time'

John Potter & Nicky Losseff

Songs of love & loss for tenor and piano from the early 20th century, including works by Warlock, Ireland, Holst and Bridge.


Wednesday 16 May 8pm

Price Band C

New Music Players


Horn Trio 

Philip Cashian

Arriving Again Shortly 

John Stringer

Between Tides 

Toru Takemitsu


Wednesday 23 May 8pm

Price Band B


The University's own Gamelan orchestra will present a unique play with music, entitled Drawn from the Water. Originally conceived for the Cheltenham Festival, where it was performed last July, this show, featuring new sets, shadow puppet theatre and specially-composed music, recreates the extraordinary Javanese folk tale of Sangkuriang.

Thursday 24 May  11am – 1pm Admission Free

MASTERCLASS – Sarah Beth Briggs

Three student pianists play pieces by Mozart.

Saturday 26 May - Please note that the concert in York Minster to be given by BBC Philharmonic has been cancelled.



Tuesday 29 May to Friday 1 June

Admission Free


Various times throughout the day; programme details available middle of May

Wednesday 6 June 8pm

Price Band B

University Chamber Choir & Chamber Orchestra

Conductor - Jonathan Wainwright


Symphony of Psalms 


Mass in E minor 


The University Chamber Choir and Chamber Orchestra offer a programme of two contrasting works for choir and
orchestra. Bruckner’s Mass No. 2 in E Minor was composed in 1866 but is here performed in the revised version of
1882. The Mass is complemented by Stravinsky’s exuberant Symphony of Psalms which dates from 1930.

Wednesday 13 June 8pm

Price Band B

Musical Showcase

Some of the Department's current outstanding performers present a showcase programme of solo and chamber music. Programmes reflect the performers' own enthusiasms and have in the past offered an eclectic range of music, including medieval plainchant, music for Chinese flute, French song and modern jazz.

Friday 15 June 8pm

Price Band C

Jazz Orchestra

Director: Tony Myatt

Assistant Director: Jonathon Eato

featuring Julian Argüelles - saxophones

The Jazz Orchestra is joined by the composer and saxophonist Julian Argüelles to perform some of his recent
compositions. The programme will also feature arrangements from the contemporary big band repertoire, solo
features, new compositions and poetic movements by the Director.

Argüelles’ CD Scrapes has been described as "...a release of almost unprecedented proportions in British jazz history"
- The Independent On Sunday

"British jazz may not have a finer moment" - Birmingham Post, of Argüelles’ CD Skull View.

Wednesday 20 June 7.30pm

Price Band A


University Choir & Northern Sinfonia

Peter Seymour - conductor

Elisabeth Hermans - soprano

Frances Coad - alto

Jason Darnell - tenor

Mark Rowlinson - bass


Kyrie in D minor K. 341 


Symphony No 41 in C ("Jupiter") K. 551 


Schöpfungsmesse (Creation Mass) 


University Choir and Northern Sinfonia join forces again in this popular programme including Mozart’s ceremonial C
Major final symphony alongside one of Haydn’s later masses which features a large and colourful orchestration.

By kind permission of the Dean and Chapter


Friday 22 June 1.15pm and 8pm

Price Band B

Music in Space

New Music Group

The lunchtime concert will include music by Gabrieli, Henry Brandt and Stockhausen. The evening concert focusses on York and includes music by David Blake, David Lumsdaine and a new work by John Stringer.


Admission Free

Pre-concert Talk: with composers from tonight's concert including David Blake

Wednesday 27 June 8pm

Price Band C

University Orchestra

Conductor - David Blake

Gemma Webster – piano


The Shades of Love                            (Six poems by C.P. Cavafy)

David Blake

Piano Concerto in G 


Symphony No.5 


A special concert to say farewell to Professor David Blake, a member of York’s Music Department since its earliest
days, and instrumental in the foundation of this concert series.  This programme reflects only part of his own wide
ranging musical tastes, as well as giving us an opportunity to honour him as a composer and hear one of his most
recent works, premiered last Autumn in Greece.


As well as lunchtime concerts listed in this brochure, the student-run University Music Society organises lunchtime concerts by student performers at 1.15pm each Tuesday and Friday during term time. Tickets for these and New Music Group lunchtime concerts are £1 (free to Society Members), on sale at the door only (NOT at the Box Office). For information on the Music Society and its programme, please write to the Secretary, Music Society, Department of Music, University of York, YO1 5DD.
8 January 2001