The 2015 York Early Music Christmas Festival runs from 4 - 12 December. Guest artists this season include the European Union Baroque Orchestra [Friday 4 Dec] under their director Lars Ulrik Mortensen presenting a sparking programme of Muffat, Biber and Marcello; Yorkshire Bach Choir [Saturday 5 Dec] presenting Haydn's choral masterpiece 'The Creation'; Ulrike Hofbauer [winner of the York International Young Artists Competition in 2003] with her new ensemble L'Arcadia [Sunday 6 Dec] in a fascinating programme comparing Bach, Telemann, Fasch and Graupner - contenders for the same post as Director of Music at St Thomas' in Leipzig when Bach famously got the post!; The Marian Consort [Monday 7 Dec] with a programme of 15th and 16th century music for the Nativity by French composer Jean Mounton; the ever cheerful Joglaresa [Tuesday 8 Dec] with their medlay of traditional wassails and medieval carols and The York Waits [Wednesday 9 Dec] who look to Northern Europe for their Advent programme of 16th and 17th century carols; singer Clare Wilkinson is joined by friends including lutenist Jacob Heringman and reader Stephen Wilkinson [Thursday 10 Dec]; the acclaimed vocal ensemble Ex Cathedra directed by Jeffrey Skidmore return with their Elizabethan Christmas programme [Friday 11 Dec] and we conclude with a richly variegated programme led by the Belgian based B'Rock orchestra with soprano Julia Doyle.

Highlights also include the first in a series of residencies supported through our EEEmerging project - a programme designed to support young professional ensembles with Les Contre-Sujets joining us on Saturday 5 Dec and a workshop for singers and players of renaissance instruments to join in the fun on Sunday 6 Dec led by John Bryan.

Early Music Christmas Festival



Starts on Friday, December 4, 2015

Ends on Saturday, December 12, 2015

Box Office: 01904 658338
General Enquiries: 01904 632220 Email:
Fax: 01904 612631

Festival website

Booking info

For information on Weekend Saver Tickets and Festival Savers, please contact    

Booking opens to NCEM Patrons and Friends of the York Early Music Festival on Thursday 2 July and to the public from Monday 13 July  

Priority booking - which includes reserved seating throughout the festival - will be given to NCEM Patrons and York Early Music Festival Friends.

To join the Patrons, please click      here    

To join the Friends, please click      here