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  • Date and time: Friday 17 June 2022, 7.30pm to 9.30pm
  • Location: In-person only
    National Centre for Early Music, Walmgate (Map)
  • Admission: £18.00 (£16.00 concessions), booking required

Event details

Led by bassist and composer Alison Rayner, this multi award-winning quintet are widely celebrated from several years of extensive UK and European touring, and critically acclaimed for their first two album releases, ‘August’ (2014) and ‘A Magic Life’ (2016).

Their music combines richly nuanced compositions, rhythmic interplay and folk-infused melodies. This, along with their love of improvisation, creates a strong sense of narrative and cinematic quality. 

Join for a moving experience of ARQ’s ‘songs without words’, performed in their signature vibrant and communicative style.


About the performers

Alison Rayner double bass

Buster Birch drums, percussion

Deirdre Cartwright guitar

Diane McLoughlin saxophones

Steve Lodder piano

Find out more about the Alison Rayner quintet on their website

National Centre for Early Music

The National Centre for Early Music (NCEM) is the national advocate of early music in England and a centre of excellence for music-making in the City of York. The NCEM hosts three festivals of early music in Yorkshire, a year-round programme of folk, jazz, early music and world music concerts supported by a significant creative learning programme. NCEM boasts an enviable reputation for blending artistic quality, administrative excellence and creative diversity.

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Venue details

  • Wheelchair accessible