Britain’s premier festival of early music

The York Early Music Festival was established in 1977 in order to celebrate music from the medieval to the baroque presented within an array of historic venues across the city of York. Supported by the Arts Council of England and the City of York, the festival is administered by the National Centre for Early Music. 



Celebrating reinvention, recreation and song
Something old, Something new, Something borrowed …

Guest artists joining this year include the award winning vocal ensemble Vox Luminis in a programme of Claudio Monteverdi presented in the Quire of York Minster; the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment directed by Steven Devine inviting us to join them at Zimmerman’s famous coffee House; lutenist Elizabeth Kenny brings her exhilarating Cubaroque project to the NCEM stage and BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artist Helen Charlston joins us as artist in residence with guests including Consone Quartet, Toby Carr, John Butt and Jonathan Manson.

The festival will conclude with the 2024 York EM International Young Artists Competition.  Join in the fun by becoming a Friend of the Festival and choosing your own winning ensemble.

Full details will be available across the autumn with tickets available to NCEM Patrons from Monday 19th February, to YEMF Friends from Wednesday 21st and to the wider public from Monday 26th February. To join the NCEM Patrons and YEMF Friends schemes – and get priority booking as well as a chance to vote in the International Young Artists Competition on 13th July – please contact

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