York Early Music Festival

From 07 July 2023 to 14 July 2023/ United Kingdom / York

The York Early Music Festival was established in 1977 and is designed to celebrate York’s myriad medieval churches, guildhalls and historic houses through historically informed music making of the highest international standard. The Festival is the ‘jewel in the crown’ of the NCEM’s annual programme and enjoyed by visitors from across the world.

The 2023 Festival runs from Friday 7th - Friday 14th July and commemorates one of England’s most celebrated composers, William Byrd, a man who lived a life beset by ‘smoke & mirrors’ – a practicing Catholic composer working for a constantly threatened Protestant Queen. Join us to hear the Roses and The Marian Consorts sharing music of state and church for voices and viols; learn about his keyboard music with harpsichord supremo Francesco Corti and enjoy the heavenly sounds of his liturgical masterpieces with York Minster Choir, and The Sixteen.

Guest artists also joining us this year include Ensemble Jupiter with countertenor Iestyn Davies; the City Musick, led by Bill Lyons, with their Renaissance ‘big band’ focusing on the remarkable legacy of David Munrow, and the exceptionally gifted violinist Rachel Podger returning to the NCEM stage with Italian theorboist Daniele Caminiti.

With concerts featuring some of the most accomplished emerging ensembles from across Europe including the winners of the 2022 York International Young Artists Competition, and Helen Charlston, Carolyn Sampson, Anna Dennis and Alys Mererid Roberts leading the charge for women across the ages, the 2023 Festival will intrigue and engage.

York Early Music Festival

See more