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2012 York Early Music Festival: The Sixteen Insight Day

Fans and followers of one of the world's greatest vocal ensembles, The Sixteen, gathered at St. George's Church on Saturday 7 July for a day of fascinating talks and insight into their repertoire. 

The day began with coffee before festival favourites John Milsom, the eminent musicologist, and Sally Dunkley, music editor and member of The Sixteen, explored the works by Josquin, Brumel and Lassus that The Sixteen had performed in York Minster the night before.   Six members of the ensemble were on hand to perform examples throughout the day.  Lunch was provided nearby at the National Centre for Early Music.

The audience responded enthusiastically:

  • "Despite not having attended the concert, and not having any academic musical background, I found all the talks fascinating and accessible."
  • "As a relative newcomer to Early Music, I particularly appreciated finding out more about the composers and the music, its origins and structure."
  • "I found John Milsom excellent, knowledgeable and interesting and Sally Dunkley an entertaining speaker."
  • "Having members of The Sixteen to illustrate points made the music come to life."