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News Release - Issued by National Centre for Early Music

2014 – 2015 Early Music Festivals

York Early Music Christmas Festival 2014

Friday 5 – Sunday 14 December

La Serenissima opens the Christmas Festival with their dazzling Vivaldi programme The Red Priest, featuring soprano Mhairi Lawson, directed by Adrian Chandler (Fri 5 Dec). Further highlights include The University of Huddersfield Chamber Choir and Early Music Ensemble; Yorkshire Bach Choir and Yorkshire Baroque Soloists (Sat 6 Dec); Theatre of the Ayre (Sun 7 Dec); Joglaresa (Mon 8 Dec); The Mellstock Band (Tue 9 Dec); Renaissance vocal ensemble (Wed 10 Dec) and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (Fri 12 Dec). New to the Christmas Festival – two OAE Tots concerts Pitter Patter Raindrops for children aged 2 – 5 and their families (Sat 13 Dec). The outstanding vocal ensemble, Stile Antico, round off the Festival with a brand new Christmas programme A Wondrous Mystery (Sun 14 Dec). An exhibition of Alfred Huckett’s paintings inspired by the 2014 York Early Music Festival will be on show throughout the Festival.

Full programme details available at:

Tickets: £5.00 to £25.00 are available from the NCEM at St Margaret's Church, Walmgate, York YO1 9TL. Telephone: 01904 658338. Email: Secure online booking at:


Beverley & East Riding Early Music Festival 2015

Wednesday 20 – Sunday 24 May

Highlights include: the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (Thu 21) working with Beverley Grammar, Beverley Girls’ High School and the University of York; Joglaresa – celebrating the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta with Robbers, Rebels and Royals (Fri 22) and The Tallis Scholars directed by Peter Phillips (Sat 23).

Further programme details available soon. Tickets on sale from December 2014:


York Early Music Festival 2015

Friday 3 – Saturday 11 July

The 2015 Festival takes the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt as its starting point and features music by The Clerks’ Group, directed by Edward Wickham. Highlights include a newly constructed medieval soundscape performed by The Orlando Consort for Carl Theodor Dreyer’s 1928 silent masterpiece La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc; Andrew Parrott’s Taverner Consort focusing on the music from the Field of the Cloth of Gold and the Early Opera Company presenting the music of Purcell and Charpentier. The festival finishes with the 2015 International Young Artists Competition which welcomes the next generation of early music performers to York.

Further programme details available early 2015. Tickets on sale March 2015:


Media Enquiries:

Shona Galletly, on behalf of National Centre for Early Music


m: 07813 796 733

Editors Notes:

▪ York Early Music Christmas Festival and York Early Music Festival are supported by the Arts Council England, Yorkshire, Media partner BBC Radio 3, the National Centre for Early Music, Tourism partners Welcome to Yorkshire, the City of York Council and members of the York Hoteliers Association.

▪ Beverley & East Riding Early Music Festivalis funded by the East Riding of Yorkshire Council with support from Arts Council England, Welcome to Yorkshire and the National Centre for Early Music.