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Jun 11, 2020

Iestyn Davies to headline the York Early Music Festival Online 9 – 11 July

9 to 11 July 2020
The National Centre for Early Music, York, is delighted to announce their plans to stream an online York Early Music Festival over three days, 9 – 11 July, featuring musicians and artists based in England.

The virtual festival will be headlined by Iestyn Davies and feature performances by Steven Devine, Elizabeth Kenny and Stile Antico.

On Thursday 9 July, Iestyn Davies is joined by lutenist Elizabeth Kenny for The Art Of Melancholy. The music of Elizabethan lutenist John Dowland will be complemented by Davies’s renditions of poetry by Robert Burton, Michael Drayton, Rose Tremain, Leo Tolstoy and Dowland himself.

On Friday 10 July, John Bryan begins the day with an illustrated introduction to the festivities, followed by Echoes in Air, featuring Matthew Wadsworth lute, theorbo with a programme including a piece written specially for him by Laura Snowden. Later Steven Devine harpsichord performs JS Bach The Well-tempered Clavier Preludes & Fugues from Book 1: Nos 13-24. There will also be a performance by Richard Boothby lyra viol. On Saturday 11 July, the Consone Quartet performs Beethoven String Quartet in G Major Op 18, No 2 and No 3. Later, Peter Seymour will introduce the story behind his recording of Bach’s St Matthew Passion and the festival closes with Breaking the Habit: Bringing to life the music of the Renaissance through song performed by the internationally acclaimed Stile Antico.

Festival booking opens Friday 19 June

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