York Early Music Festival 2024 Metamorfosi


The York Early Music Festival was established in 1977 to celebrate music from the medieval to the baroque within an array of historic venues across the city of York. The festival is administered by the National Centre for Early Music.

In 2024, we are celebrating this wealth of musical creativity through the human voice and song, the combination prized for its power to communicate with us most directly; and through metamorphosis, the inspiration behind the creation, reimagination and reconstruction of music across time.

Guests this year include vocal ensembles The Gesualdo Six, Concerto Soave, Vox Luminis and Cappella Pratensis, while other highlights including a series of chamber concerts curated by BBC New Generation Artist and Festival Artistic Adviser Helen Charlston and her guests, who include the Consone Quartet, harpsichordist John Butt and mezzo soprano Rebecca Leggett. As for reimagination, guest artists including The Sixteen, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Gawain Glenton’s Ensemble In Echo will be revealing how much, how often and how many composers have borrowed from each other and themselves.

We are particularly delighted to welcome a new collaboration with artists and colleagues based in Flanders with support from the Alamire Foundation, AMUZ in Antwerp and the Flanders Government, and to host young ensembles from across Europe once again as they join us for our Young Artists Competition. Don’t forget that Friends of the Festival are invited to choose their own winners of this internationally renowned biennial event - to join the Friends, and join in the fun click here

Our thanks are due to Arts Council England, City of York Council, the Mayfield Valley Arts Trust and to the continued, and very vital, support of our NCEM Patrons and Festival Friends. Sincere thanks are also due to the Earl & Countess of Harewood Charitable Trust, Fortus, Harrowells Solicitors, the Shepherd Building Group, Queens Hotel and Middlethorpe Hotel & Spa.

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