York Spring Festival 2016

Festival programme

Wednesday 4 May

University Chamber Ensemble


Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall

  • Patrick John Jones Cast (After Moholy-Nagy)
  • James Whittle Brethren

£10; concs £8; students £3 Buy now

Thursday 5 May

Player Piano


Department of Theatre, Film & Television, Heslington East

A woman arrives with a piano. She plays. Plays this piano. Plays with it. Plays versions of herself through it.

Player Piano is a collaboration between performer Catherine Laws, theatre maker Teresa Brayshaw, composers Edward Jessen, Annea Lockwood, Roger Marsh and Paul Whitty, and film maker Wendy Kirkup.

£8; concs £6; students £3 Buy now

Rachel Musson / Federico Reuben / Mark Sanders


Department of Theatre, Film & Television

Laptop improviser / live coder Federico Reuben is joined by two of the most exciting figures of the UK free jazz and improvised music scenes, Rachel Musson (saxophone) and Mark Sanders (drums), for a concert of powerful, imaginative and thought-provoking improvisations.

£8; concs £6; students £3

Joint ticket for both the above: £12; concs £10

Friday 6 May

The Chimera Ensemble


Rymer Auditorium, Department of Music

  • Perttu Haapanen Amygdala Revisited
  • Fausto Romitelli Flowing down too slow
  • Jean-Luc Fafchamps S2 (Thà') (Ryegrass)
  • Nathan Davis Like Sweet Bells Jangled

The Chimera Ensemble premiers a new work by Perttu Haapanen, commissioned for the Spring Festival, in this programme of works that blend electronics and acoustic instruments in the Rymer’s unique environment. The concert will also include new works by student composers.

£6; concessions £4; students £3 Buy now

Saturday 7 May

Ian Pace – piano


Unitarian Chapel, St Saviourgate, YO1 8NQ

A special concert celebrating the 70th birthday of Michael Finnissy, including music by Percy Grainger, Steve Crowther, Beethoven and Lawrence Crane. There will also be new works by Andrew Toovey, Luke Stoneham and Michael Finnissy’s Beethoven’s Robin Adair, specially commissioned for this concert.

6.45pm Pre-Concert talk with Michael Finnissy

£10; concs £8 (available from Late Music); students: £3 (only on the door)

Presented in association with Late Music York.

Sunday 8 May

Festival Promenade


New Schoolhouse Gallery, Peasholm Green, YO1 7PW

Hidden in this beautiful garden you will find a variety of spoken word, movement and musical performances. Walk and explore then venture into the Gallery to find the New Curators exhibition. If wet, the performance will take place in the Gallery.


Carla Rees – flutes


Stained Glass Centre, St Martin-cum-Gregory Church, Micklegate, YO1 6LN

A conversation between flutes and narrator.

  • Marc Yeats Have Heard this Dialogue of one (2003)
  • Tristan Murail Unanswered Questions (1995)
  • Sungji Hong Shine (2015)
  • Elliott Carter Scrivo in Vento (1991)
  • Dominic Sewell Four Seasonal Poems (2005)

£5; students £3 Buy now