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The York Early Music Festival was established in 1977 and is designed to celebrate York’s myriad medieval churches, guildhalls and historic houses through historically informed music making of the highest international standard. The Festival is the ‘jewel in the crown’ of the NCEM’s annual programme and enjoyed by visitors from across the world.

The 2021 festival will be shorter than usual, and concerts will be focused around just two of York’s historic venues - St Margaret’s Church, the home of the National Centre for Early Music and the recently restored Victorian church of St Lawrence housing the largest collection of 20th century stained glass in the City.  Guest artists scheduled currently include: violinist Rachel PodgerThe Society of Strange & Ancient Instruments, the Monteverdi String BandStile Antico, lutenist Jacob Heringman, bass Matthew Brook performing alongside Peter Seymour, Ensemble Clement Janequin and, assuming that travel restrictions are eased by July, EEEmerging ensemble La Vaghezza and winners of the 2019 York Early Music Festival Competition L’Apothéose.

Concerts will be presented in a covid secure environment and will be recorded for future broadcast online.

Priority booking for the live concert programme will open Monday 26 April for NCEM Patrons and Wednesday 28 April for Friends of the York Early Music Festival. This year, in order to make these concerts covid secure, there will inevitably be fewer seats available.  To make sure that you’re on the priority booking list, please do join the NCEM Patron Scheme or Friends of the York Early Music Festival. Remaining tickets will be available to the public from Tuesday 4 May. 

Details about York Early Music Festival 2021 Online will be shared from Friday 11 June.


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