York Early Music Festival

6th July 2018 - 14th July 2018 | York, United Kingdom

About York Early Music Festival 

York Early Music Festival is a celebration of medieval, renaissance and baroque music with performances taking place in historic venues across the city of York. Celebrating its 41st anniversary in 2018, the festival has some acclaimed special guests lined up for the week-long event. On the schedule is music from Monteverdi, performances from International Young Artist Competition finalists Consone Quartet and renditions of some of Bach’s most accomplished solo pieces. Also featuring is Cinquecento with some spectacular renaissance vocal music in the incredible surroundings of York Minster. The Young Artist Competition is also part of the Early Music Festival and rewards the chosen artist or group with a £1,000 cash prize, a concert and a professional recording. 

Helpful information about York Early Music Festival

The week-long festival takes place at various atmostpheric venues around York, including the National Centre for Early Music headquarters in Walmsgate, the Guildhall in St. Helen’s Square, the awe-inspiring York Minster and St Olave’s Church in Marygate. You can buy tickets for each performance from the National Centre for Early Music website from March 2017. The Young Artist Competition takes place on the last day of the festival and features some of the world’s best Early Music artists battling it out for the top prize.

Making the most of York Early Music Festival

The York Early Music Festival is a unique event which offers visitors a rare opportunity to experience over 500 years of music in some amazing venues. From medieval scores written in 1250 right up to baroque works composed in 1750, you’ll be able to listen to some of Europe’s most enduring masterpieces in historic venues which perfectly complement the compositions. Once you’ve witnessed these events, it’s not difficult to understand why the National Centre for Early Music works so hard to preserve these unique traditions. Keep an eye on the NCEM website for latest updates to the schedule and to buy tickets.

Where to stay in York for York Early Music Festival

If you’re planning to attend the festival in York, get the most out of your trip by staying in the very best rental accommodation for you. When you book with Eventful Stays, you can choose to stay in city centre apartments, rural cottages in the Yorkshire countryside, bed and breakfasts, studios, spare rooms, houses or flats - all close to the festival venues via public transport or on foot. Check out our accommodation in York. 

Things to do near York Early Music Festival

Make sure you spend enough time in York to fully explore all the historic treasures that this city has to offer, including the National Railway Museum, York Cold War Bunker and the incredible St. Mary’s Abbey. If you’d like to immerse yourself in nature, there’s no better place to do it than the Yorkshire Dales.

More information about York Early Music Festival

To find out more information about this unique traditional festival, please head to the official festival website where you’ll be able to check out the full 2017 programme as it’s updated, see photos and videos from past YEMF events and sign up for all the latest news about the 2017 festival.

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