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The Tallis Scholars

Paolo Pandolfo

The Sixteen
York Early Music Festival 2020 is cancelled

Following current government advice, the National Centre for Early Music has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 York Early Music Festival.

Delma Tomlin, MBE, Director of the NCEM said: "Regretfully we have finally had to take this difficult decision for the safety of our artists and audiences. This is hugely disappointing for everyone involved, and indeed the hospitality industry in York. The Festival, started in 1977, is the UK's largest festival of its kind and is firmly established within the cultural calendar. I would like to thank our wonderful patrons, friends, funders and supporters who have helped us at this difficult time. Many have donated and we are hugely appreciative of everyone's kindness."

The 2021 Festival will run from Friday 9 - Saturday 17 July. Guest artists scheduled to join us include The Tallis Scholars, The Sixteen, Brecon Baroque led by violinist Rachel Podger and gamba specialist Paolo Pandolfo. Highlights will include the 2021 York Early Music International Young Artists Competition.

The NCEM will continue to share concerts from its archive on Facebook and online.
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We are delighted to acknowledge the support of JWP Creers Accountants, the Shepherd Group, Arts Council England, City of York Council, BBC Radio 3 and the Mayfield Valley Arts Trust.
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