The York Early Music Festival, which celebrates its 40th year in 2017, has announced that director, performer and writer Thomas Guthrie is joining its artistic advisory team.

Guthrie, who is the founding artistic director of GOTcompany, and founding director of the charity Music and Theatre for All, will work with John Bryan, Lindsay Kemp and Peter Seymour in planning the next three years of the festival (2018 onwards), replacing the Baroque violinist Kati Debretzeni.

‘We are thrilled that the energetic and enthusiastic artistic talents of Tom Guthrie will be joining our artistic advisory team, in this a very special and celebratory year,’ said Delma Tomlin, director of the National Centre for Early Music. ‘Tom’s experience and previous projects are very exciting, and he should help set us off in the right direction for the next 40 years.’

The festival has also announced a new three-year partnership with insurance company Hiscox UK. Phil Thorn, head of direct home insurance at Hiscox UK, said: ‘As a major employer in York, we are committed to supporting the community in which we operate and playing an active role. We have a long-held passion for the arts, as do many of our customers, and so are delighted to be involved in the York Early Music Festival in what will be a momentous year.’