The York Early Music Christmas Festival 2016, which takes place 8-15 December, comprises ten concerts over eight days.

The festival includes a performance from Trevor Pinnock, as part of his UK tour to mark his 70th year. The harpsichordist and conductor will be joined by Rachel Podger for works including Bach’s fifth Brandenburg Concerto and Handel’s sonata in A for violin.

Other highlights include a seasonal sequence of late medieval English carols, songs and motets from Gothic Voices, a NCEM debut from Spiritato!, a ‘Winter Baroque Carnival’ programme from Red Priest, and a concert inspired by the sea-faring nations of 17th-century Northern Europe from In Echo.

Mince pies are provided at most concerts, many of which are held in St Margaret’s Church, York.

Tickets cost £5-£30, with concessions available.

www.ncem.co.uk/xmas