York Late Music takes great pleasure in welcoming you back to live concerts in 2021-22, starting in October 2021.
Monthly evening and lunchtime concerts
York Late Music offers a series of evening and lunchtime concerts in York featuring 20th and 21st century contemporary music, including new works by living composers. Several themes for our 2021-22 series are listed below. The series features over 70 first performances, including eight York Late Music commissions.
The series runs from October to December 2021 and February to June 2022 (there is no concert in January). All concerts are on the first Saturday of the month. Afternoon concerts start at 1pm and are one hour long. Evening concerts are two hours with an interval, from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. Each evening concert is preceded at 6.45pm by a short talk or interview, exploring the music of one or more of the composers.
We keep a deliberately informal atmosphere, encouraging questions and comments from the audience, and mingling with composers before and after the performance. Students and young musicians are especially welcome.
Join us in the warm and intimate acoustics of the Unitarian Chapel for our 2021-22 season!
Back to the future
In our 2021-22 season we are delighted to welcome back the Delta Saxophone Quartet with a programme featuring the music of Soft Machine. The Bingham String Quartet returns with a belated celebration of Beethoven’s 250th anniversary, within a contemporary context. Virtuoso pianist Ian Pace performs a concert exploring the continuing influence of Bach’s The Art of Fugue.
Late Music and Song
Drawing on the success of previous years, 2021-22 once again hosts three song recitals celebrating new collaborations between York and regionally-based poets and composers. Alistair Donaghue (baritone) and Polly Sharpe (piano) perform British Songs of the 21st Century, and Jessica Summers (soprano) and Jelena Makarova (piano) present Songs of Love and Exile.
Women in Music
Late Music is once again promoting a series of concerts which showcases women performers and women composers. Highlights include York-based Anna Snow (soprano) and Kate Ledger (piano) performing 100 Second Songs. There are major commissions for Sadie Harrison, Morag Galloway and Jenny Jackson.
York Unitarian Chapel
All concerts take place at the Unitarian Chapel on St Saviourgate, York. Built in 1692, this stunning Chapel is a Grade II listed building in the form of a Greek cross. As a concert venue it offers an attractive setting, fine acoustics and an excellent modern Yamaha grand piano.