York Early Music Christmas Festival

From 02 December 2023 to 09 December 2023/ United Kingdom / York

Music, Minstrels and Mystery 

This annual Christmas celebration is a firm favourite on the calendar, conjuring up the spirit of Christmas past with an array of atmospheric music. 
As always, the festival attracts a host of world class artists from the Early Music World celebrating the extraordinary wealth of music associated with Advent, Christmas and Epiphany, from the Medieval to the Baroque. 
Flutes & Frets 
European Court and Salon Music 
Flutes, lutes and guitar introducing the music of European courts across the ages. This talented duo received a grant from the European Festivals Fund for Emerging Artists and recently performed in Antwerp and Krakow. 
Saturday 2 December 
Gesualdo Six & Fretwork Viol Consort  
Secret Byrd 
Celebrate the 400th anniversary of William Byrd with this extraordinary immersive experience by candlelight, mixing voices, viols and theatricality. 
Saturday 2 December 
The Harmonious Society of Tickle-Fiddle Gentlemen 
A Christmas Song – The “original” Messiah 
Presenting the only surviving Nativity story set in England in the baroque era, the original Messiah and possibly the first oratorio in English. 
Sunday 3 December 
Three Parts on a Ground: European Court Music for three violins and continuo
Violinists Huw Davies, Kati Debretzeni and Debbie Diamond are joined by harpsichordist Steven Devine for a glorious programme of Pachelbel, Corelli and Bach. 
Monday 4 December 
The Marian Consort 
‘For delighting the people’ – A Jacobean Christmas
 One of the festival’s favourite vocal groups returns for a very special seasonal programme from the Golden Age of English composers. 
Thursday 7 December 
Love Restor’d
The summer of 1660 - London’s theatres are reopening - time for one Henry Purcell to make his entrance on the musical stage. The programme encompasses some of Purcell’s most famous pieces, alongside work by John Blow and John Eccles. 
Friday 8 December 
Baroque In The North 
Panettone or Bûche de Noël? Festive sweetmeats 
This multi-instrumented programme spans music from Versailles to Rome adding in some Advent spirit with a tempting set of “French Noëls”. 
Yorkshire Bach Choir, Yorkshire Baroque Soloists 
Bach Christmas Oratorio 
A truly magnificent way to celebrate Christmas – JS Bach at his most glorious. 
Saturday 9 December 
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