Late Music offers a series of evening and lunchtime concerts in York featuring an eclectic mix of modern music. Several themes for our 2020 series are listed below.

As the cover picture suggests, it is a wide and interesting range. The leading edge in March is the Delta Saxophone Quartet, a group evading musical pigeonholes; the climactic concert in October presents Revue Z, a remarkable one-woman cabaret. Between them are 13 concerts featuring a kaleidoscopic set of music, including world premieres of new pieces.

Evening concerts include a pre-concert talk 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 2020 season!

Back to the future

In 2020 we are delighted to welcome back the Delta Saxophone Quartet with a programme remembering the individual and iconoclastic composer Steve Martland. The Quartet also performs a set of new scores for silent film, Project Flicks. The Bingham Quartet returns with a programme celebrating Beethoven’s 250th anniversary, but with a contemporary twist. Virtuoso pianist Ian Pace performs a concert exploring the continuing influence of Bach’s The Art of Fugue.

Song Day

Drawing on the success of previous years, 2020 once again hosts a day of song. In April, there are lunchtime and evening recitals celebrating new collaborations between York and regionally based poets and composers.

Women in Music

Late Music is also promoting a series of concerts which showcases women performers and composers. Highlights include Merit Ariane’s Sun and Moon concert, and Zoe Martlew’s Revue Z – a one-woman cabaret. There are major commissions for Sadie Harrison, Morag Galloway and Jenny Jackson.