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News release - Issued by The National Centre for Early Music

York Early Music Christmas Festival 2016

With just over one week to go, the countdown is on in York for one of the city’s festive musical highlights, the York Early Music Christmas Festival 2016 (8 – 15 December).

York Early Music Christmas Festival 2016 (8-15 December)
Escape the rush and frenzy of the pre-Christmas season and dip into the York Early Music Christmas Festival, an ideal antidote to what can be festive overload, and an opportunity to re-tune your chords.

Ten concerts over eight days, and with over fifteen hours of uplifting early music, the programme opens on Thursday 8th December and includes the full breadth of repertoire.

Highlights with tickets remaining include:

Yorkshire Bach Choir - Bach at Christmas

A trio of festive works includes JS Bach’s Magnificat, with its exuberant choruses, and CPE Bach’s 1749 setting of the Magnificat, which energetically reinvigorates his father’s earlier work. The ever-popular BWV 140 Wachat auf (Sleepers, wake) is the ultimate musical wake-up for Advent, featuring some of JS Bach’s most memorable and timeless music
Saturday 10th December at 7.30pm, Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, University of York


Praised as being one of the most exciting a cappella groups in recent years, they present Un Soir de Neige: A Night of Snow: Music for Advent. Festive lullabies by Byrd alongside Poulenc’s secular Un Soir de Neige, and moving through Tudor Christmas to passionate Italian madrigals by Monteverdi, all drawn together by Ben Rowarth’s new work, A Night of Snow.
Tuesday 13th December at 7.30pm, NCEM, St Margaret’s Church, York

In Echo - Northern soul: Music in a Cold Climate

The experienced five-piece ensemble presents an engaging story of the sea-faring nations of 17th century Northern Europe. Trading goods, music and ideas, the programme looks at the inspirational music of Buxtehude, Staden, Dowland, Bertali and Dietrich Becker, alongside Andrew Keeling’s new composition, Northern Soul.
Thursday 15th December at 7.30pm, NCEM, St Margaret’s Church, York

Performances are mainly held in the beautiful candlelit surroundings of the NCEM in the heart of York in St Margaret’s Church, and there are mince pies provided at most concerts.

Delma Tomlin, Director of NCEM, says: “Our Christmas festival holds a special place in the Early Music calendar, but also in the city of York’s Christmas calendar, and this year’s programme should continue to delight audiences.“

Full programme details available at:
Tickets available: £5.00 to £30.00 (concessions available)
Tickets are now on sale and available on /
OR from the NCEM at St Margaret's Church, Walmgate, York YO1 9TL
Telephone: 01904 658338

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Media Enquiries:

Lindsey Porter, on behalf of National Centre for Early Music
m: 07568 309154

Editors Notes:

▪ York Early Music Christmas Festival is supported by the Arts Council England, Mayfield Valley Arts Trust, the National Centre for Early Music, Tourism partners Welcome to Yorkshire, the City of York Council and members of the York Hoteliers Association.