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Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

York Early Music Christmas Festival 2017

11:25, 5th September 2017

The 2017 York Early Music Christmas Festival will take place 8-16 December.

The majority of performances will take place in St Margaret’s Church, off Walmgate. The venue will be candlelit, and mince pies provided at most concerts.

The event comprises 12 events over nine days. Highlights include appearances from soprano Elin Manahan Thomas, the Yorkshire Bach Choir and Joglaresa. There will also be an opportunity for singers to find their own voice during a participatory choral workshop led by Alexander Kyle.

Delma Tomlin, director of the National Centre for Early Music, 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 eeemerging residency, Concerto de Margherita. It’s set to be another enjoyable festival and a wonderful end to rather a fulfilling and busy year.’


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