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Jun 04, 2019

York Early Music Festival 2019

5 to 13 July

The festival’s theme is Innovation, inspired by the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci – one of the greatest innovators ever. This year there’s the chance to enjoy nine days of wonderful music taking place in a wide range of historical venues in the beautiful city of York celebrating the composers, performers, instrument- makers and thinkers who over the centuries have dared to be different.

We open the festival with Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo performed by the critically acclaimed I Fagiolini. With musical direction by Robert Hollingworth and stage direction by Thomas Guthire, I Fagiolini’s production is an innovative masterpiece combining singing, acting and puppetry.

Over the nine days, the festival has lined up an array of music, singing, talks, lunches and workshops, celebrating the ever changing an innovative world of Early Music.

Once again we are delighted to welcome BBC Radio Radio 3’s Early Music Show, who will be broadcasting from our base at St Margaret’s Church on Sunday 7 July.

The festival culminates with the prestigious York Early Music International Young Artists Competition taking place on Saturday 13 June. The final features ten ensembles from the UK, Europe and Canada The winners will receive a professional CD recording contract from Linn Records, the opportunity to work with BBC Radio 3 and a prize of £1,000.

The concert will be live-streamed on our website.

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