The popular annual Christmas celebration of Early Music returns this weekend – conjuring up the spirit of Christmas past with an array of atmospheric music.
Coinciding with the beginning of Advent, the York Early Music Christmas Festival will begin on Saturday 2 December.
The music festival will feature a host of world class artists from the Early Music world – celebrating the extraordinary wealth of music associated with Advent, Christmas and Epiphany, from the Medieval to the Baroque.
The York Early Music Festival will run from Saturday 2 to Saturday 9 December.
Delma Tomlin, director at National Centre for Early Music said: “Our Christmas festival is one of the highlights of the city’s Christmas calendar.
“This December we are delighted to present an array of atmospheric Christmas concerts featuring music from the Medieval times, through the ages and ending with Bach’s glorious Christmas Oratorio.
“The concerts are the perfect way to celebrate Yuletide and we look forward to seeing old friends and welcoming new ones at the special time of year.”
The programme includes performances from Gesualdo Six, The Marian Consort, Yorkshire Bach Choir and The Harmonious Society of Tickle-Fiddle Gentlemen.
To complete the Christmas experience, many concerts are by candlelight with mince pies and mulled wine available at most events.
To see the full programme and to book your tickets, visit the National Centre for Early Music website.