York Early Music Festival
The York Early Music Festival is an English arts festival devoted mainly to classical music from the 18th century and earlier. It was established in 1977, and takes place in York each July, organised by the National Centre for Early Music, York. The performances are at various venues such as York Minster, the Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall at the University of York and the National Centre for Early Music, St Margaret's, Walmgate. In 2008, events also took place at Harewood House and the National Railway Museum. In December there is also a Christmas Early Music Festival.
Fairies, Witches and Ariel Beings!
The 2016 York Early Music Festival takes the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, with music from the Elizabethan theatre and pieces inspired by the Shakespearean themes of magic, mystery and the supernatural. Guest artists will include Ensemble Lucidarium in a programme focusing on Shakespeare's Venice; The Sixteen's Choral Pilgrimage 2016 with music by Byrd, Tallis and Arvo Pärt; lutenist Thomas Dunford working with percussionist Keyvan Chemirani; the Norwegian instrumentalists Barokksolistene directed by Bjarte Eike; David Skinner's vocal ensemble Alamire with their acclaimed Anne Boleyn programme; the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment with lutenist Elizabeth Kenny and City Musick directed by William Lyons.
Highlights include a one day conference entitled 'Silver Sounds & Moody Food' looking at theatre music of the late 16th and early 17th centuries and a series of Platform Presentations by some of Europe's finest emerging ensembles.