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Nov 08, 2019


From 7 to 14 December

This year’s festival features a line-up of new work and the return of the festival favourites from past years.

Established in 1997, the festival is an important date on the city of York’s cultural calendar attracting audiences from the region and beyond. Taking place over seven days, the festival features an array of music which celebrates Christmas traditions through the centuries from all over Europe.

This year Solomon’s Knot make their much-anticipated debut with Festive Music from 17th Century France. The concert includes the UK premiere of the Pastoral on the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ H.483 by Charpentier.

Festival favourites Joglaresa return with Sing we Yule, a celebration of Celtic Christmas with traditional carols and wassails from Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales, and recorder exponents Palisander return, bringing festive music of the Renaissance in A Yuletyde Eve.

Winners of the Cambridge Early Music Prize in the 2017 York Competition, Fieri Consort transport us to Christmas Eve in 17th Century Rome with The Shepherds of Bethlehem, featuring music by Giovanni Girolamo Kapsperger, while the stylish Boxwood & Brass perform elegant music from a Georgian Country House Christmas with quintets, marches, dance music and regional carols.

Ceruleo embark on a theatrical journey inside the head of Henry Purcell in Burying the Dead and the week culminates with Handel Messiah, performed by the Yorkshire Bach Choir.

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