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Anthony Rooley will receive the 2016 York Early Music Festival Lifetime Achievement Award

The award will be presented on Sunday 10 July following on from live broadcast of the Early Music Show from the National Centre for Early Music.

Anthony Rooley, was a founder of the festival in the late '70s who has achieved world-wide recognition as director of The Consort of Musicke. Yorkshireman by birth, Anthony's career has taken him all around the world, revolutionizing the understanding of Renaissance music through his performances and recordings, most notably with his Consort of Musicke. With sopranos Emma Kirkby and Evelyn Tubb, he rediscovered the riches of the lute-song repertory, the dramatic songs of Purcell and his less well-known contemporaries. With The Consort of Musicke his work breathed vivid new life into the madrigals of Monteverdi, D'India and De Wert. His interests reach further than the Renaissance, from landmark recordings of medieval song to the Victorian part-songs of Robert Pearsall. And his view of the performer as an Orphic channel through which we can all connect with the divine is explored in his 1990 book, Performance: revealing the Orpheus within.

Speaking about the Award, Anthony Rooley said: "I am deeply honored that I am to be recognized in this way - especially at this time, when after reaching 70 a short while ago, I made the decision to 'retire' from public performance. My life has been a continuous experience of inspiration applied - particularly now, with the young people my wife, the soprano Evelyn Tubb, and I work with in Basel at the Schola Cantorum. It is not an easy world for young musicians, and our opportunity to help inspire them and challenge them to find new ways of creating a career is deeply rewarding. There is still so much to discover and explore - that journey will never end - and the York Early Music Festival and in particular the biennial 'Competition' for young people makes that creatively manifest!"

The Lifetime Achievement Award honours major figures that have made a difference to the world of early music, and has been presented every other year since its inauguration in 2006. Previous winners have been flautist Barthold Kuijken of the Kuijken brothers (2006), Dame Emma Kirkby (2008), James Bowman (2010) and Jordi Savall (2012) and Andrew Parrott (2014).