The theme of this summer’s York Early Music Festival has been revealed as Age of Gold, Age of Enlightenment. The programme of the festival, taking place from 10 to 19 July, will span works throughout the Spanish medieval era through to the Golden Age.

The Sixteen open the festival on 10 July with a concert featuring the works of William Mundy, John Sheppard and Richard Davy; The Cardinall’s Musick will perform masterpieces from the Spanish empire of the 16th century on 13 July; and Jordi Savall and Hespèrion XXI will also be in attendance, recreating the lost sounds of medieval Spain, Provence and Italy in the context of traditional music from Armenia, Persia and Turkey.

The festival will mark notable anniversaries: the 300th year of C. P. E. Bach’s birth will be celebrated by the Yorkshire Baroque Soloists, who will undertake a rare performance of Bach’s oratorio ‘Du Göttlicher’ on 11 July. The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment will also recognise Bach’s anniversary, as well as those of Nicolò Jomelli and violinists Jean-Marie Leclair and Pietro Locatelli with a concert entitled Of Births and Deaths, Angels and Devils on 12 July.

Delma Tomlin, the festival’s administrative director, says: ‘In addition to the abundance of anniversaries we are able to celebrate during this year’s festival we are also delighted to take the opportunity to round off the festivities with a celebration of youth. Thalia Ensemble, winners of the 2013 York Early Music International Young Artists Competition, makes a very welcome return to York for their prize concert with a programme of Bohemian wind music by Anton Reicha. All in all – a celebration of talent throughout the ages.’

For full programme details for this year’s York Early Music Festival, and information about tickets, visit

(Pictured: St Margaret’s Church – venue for York Early Music Festival)


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