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York Early Music Christmas Festival

December 8, 2018

The York Early Music Christmas Festival was created in 1997 to introduce audiences to the extraordinary wealth of music associated with Advent, Christmas and Epiphany intertwined with the sagas, stories and tales of the north which are designed to get us all through the long winter nights.

Guest artists joining us bring programmes that cover nearly 500 years, from the Medieval through to the Baroque with most events taking place at the National Centre for Early Music at St Margaret’s Church in York – a comfortable venue for a winter’s evening.

Ten events over eight days, highlights of which include Bach’s Christmas Oratorio presented by the Yorkshire Bach Choir, and a mix of established and new artists including Voces8, Joglaresa, Ex Cathedra, Spiritato and The York Waits.

Join in for the antidote to a chaotic Christmas and set the tone for a relaxed and music-filled yuletide with the National Centre for Early Music’s much-loved annual York Early Music Festival – celebrating its 20th anniversary!

There are also opportunities for singers to find their own voice during a participatory choral workshop led by James Weeks (Sat 8th).


About The 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. Located in the restored medieval church of St Margaret’s, 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.
*The term Early Music generally refers to Western-style music written between 1250 and 1800 embracing Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque and early Classical. It can also refer to a historically informed approach to the performance of music, both from this period and from later times (for example, the performance of Beethoven Sonatas or Schubert Lieder on a Fortepiano). Early Music can give fascinating insights into artistic, cultural and social history through investigation of the original context in which it was created. The exploration and enjoyment of Early Music does not focus solely on preserving the traditions of times past but also on embracing the music as part of a diverse contemporary culture.


Visit NCEM Official website for more information.


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