York Early Music Christmas Festival
York Early Music Christmas Festival (30 November - 10 December) brings the cream of Early Music performers from across the UK to celebrate the glorious music of Christmas in the festive surroundings of York. This year's diverse programme features music from the Renaissance through to the present day with guest artists including The Cardinall's Musick, Brecon Baroque directed by Rachel Podger, The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments, Sirinu, The Ebor Singers, The Carnival Band and Joglaresa.
Delma Tomlin, Administrative Director, says: "We are celebrating Christmas in style with this fantastic line-up of some of the brightest stars in early music today and the young stars in the making from the University of Huddersfield and the University of York. Not forgetting our own Minster Minstrels who present their delightful Saturday matinee programme 'Make we joy now in this fest' - a perfect start to the first weekend of December."
▪ The Carnival Band's programme The Carnival of Yule provides a suitably festive opening to the 2011 Festival with five musical explorers, over twenty instruments and lots of singing to celebrate the spirit of Christmas the world over.
(Wednesday 30 November, NCEM, St Margaret's Church)
▪ The Cardinall's Musick, directed by Andrew Carwood, celebrate the journey of the Wise Men to the infant Jesus with music from across Renaissance Europe, featuring motets by Victoria and Palestrina, Mass Propers for the Feast of Epiphany by Byrd and Jacob Handl's extraordinary motetMirabile mysterium.
(Thursday 1 December, Chapter House, York Minster)
▪ Brecon Baroque directed by Rachel Podger. One of the UK's best loved and internationally renowned Baroque fiddlers directs her ensemble in a warm-hearted programme of Bach, Telemann and Vivaldi.
(Friday 2 December, Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, University of York)
▪ University of York Chamber Choir & Baroque Ensemble, directed by Peter Seymour, Nia Lewis and Daniel Edgar, perform Handel's Dixit Dominus, Bach Cantata 149 'Man singet mit Freuden vom Sieg and Bach Orchestral Suite no 4 BVW 1069.
(Saturday 3 December, Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, University of York)
▪ Joglaresa present On Yoolis Night. Harps, voices, vielles and bells bring to life Christmas from the 12th to the 15th Century with instrumental dances and Middle English lullabies.
(Sunday 4 December, NCEM, St Margaret's Church)
▪ The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments presentsThe Ministry of Angels - traditional tunes, dances, songs and carols in a celebration of these heavenly creatures. Performed by Clara Sanabras voice, guitars; Clare Salaman nyckelharpa, hurdy gurdy, vielle; Alison McGillivray viola da gamba and Elizabeth Kenny lute, theorbo.
(Tuesday 6 December, NCEM, St Margaret's Church)
▪ Sirinu: The Baltic Exchange - A concert by candlelight featuring the haunting and timeless Latin songs of the 1500s from the Baltic countries - many of which were used by John Mason Neale as the basis for the revival of carol singing in Britain in the 19th century.
(Friday 9 December, NCEM, St Margaret's Church)
▪ University of Huddersfield Chamber Choir & Early Music Ensemble directed by John Bryan. O Magnum Mysterium includes Advent and Christmas Motets from the Golden Age of Spain by Victoria, Guerrero and Morales interspersed with earthy carols and instrumental pieces performed on an array of recorders, viols, cornets and sackbuts.
Tickets: £5.00 to £25.00 are available from the NCEM at St Margaret's Church, Walmgate, York YO1 9TL. Telephone: 01904 658338. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Shona Galletly, on behalf of National Centre for Early Music
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1. York Early Music Christmas Festival is supported by the Arts Council England, Yorkshire, Welcome to Yorkshire, the City of York Council.
2. Diary of Performances and Events please visit: www.ncem.co.uk/xmas