Overview & description
York Early Music Christmas Festival 8-16 December 2017
Thirteen events over nine days, and with over twenty-four hours of uplifting early music and performance. The programme opens on Friday 8th December at 1pm with the winners of the International Young Artists Competition 2017, BarrocoTout, performing a special concert given as part of BBC Radio 3’s ‘A Bach Christmas’. The same evening, enjoy the warm and sensual tones of soprano Elin Manahan Thomas, (Fri 8th) followed on Saturday by the popular Yorkshire Bach Choir, (Sat 9th) the well-loved and luscious voices of Joglaresa (Mon 11th) and a focus on York talent with The Ebor Singers (Tue 12th) and The York Waits (Wed 13th). There’s also an opportunity for singers to join a participatory choral workshop, led by Alexander Kyle (Sat 9th).
The performances are mainly held in the intimate candlelit surroundings of the NCEM’s York home in St Margaret’s Church, off Walmgate, and there are mince pies provided at most concerts, providing an additional festive treat.
Delma Tomlin, Director of NCEM, says: “We’re rounding off our marvellous anniversary year with a bumper Christmas festival, which this year sees more events, days and music than the past few years. We’ve programmed festival favourites, such as Joglaresa, who never fail to draw the audiences, but we are welcoming new and lovely musical performances also, such as Chiaroscuro String Quartet.
“The Christmas Festival is a lovely time of year, and it’s always heartening to see the engaging audiences taking time out to let themselves be absorbed by the ensembles. We’re also pleased to be hosting the latest from our emerging residency, Concerto de Margherita. It’s set to be another enjoyable festival and a wonderful end to rather a fulfilling and busy year.”
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.