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Revealing York Minster
York Minster's newest attraction, Revealing York Minster in the Undercroft, invites visitors to take a 2000 year heroic, historic and human journey through a series of interactive underground chambers. Built in a space created in emergency excavations during the 1970s, the attraction explores the hidden history of the cathedral's site, from the remains of Roman barracks to the foundations of the Norman Minster. Featuring artefacts never before on public display, visitors can see, touch and hear 2000 years of history.

Chapter House Choir York - Effortlessly Love Flows
Saturday 3 June 2017
Venue: Chapter House York Minster
at 7:30 pm

A gorgeous programme of music of love and hope, including Bach 'Der Geist Hilft', Gjeilo 'Ubi Caritas' and Aaron Jay Kernis 'Effortlessly Love Flows'.

Tickets are available from York Theatre Royal Box Office.
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York Early Music Festival: I Fagiolini Vespers
Friday 7 July 2017
York Minster
with University of York’s The 24 directed by Robert Hollingworth


Lose yourself in the rich and beautiful Vespers of 1610. Following the triumphant presentation of Striggio’s 40-part Mass in 2012, I Fagiolini invite a free-moving audience into the centre of a horseshoe of singers and players and let the intricacies of this great masterpiece reveal themselves up close. Stand next to a cornett, get close to a tenor, watch the organist’s hands, or sit and watch from outside the circle – the choice is yours. Either way, it will be an experience you’ll never forget. Tickets
York Early Music Festival: Cinquecento
Saturday 8 July 2017
Chapter House, York Minster
Terry Wey countertenor
Achim Schulz, Tore Tom Denys tenors
Tim Scott Whiteley baritone
Ulfried Staber bass


‘Invictissima’ (‘most unconquerable’) was a word often used to describe the might of the emperors, dukes and princes of Habsburg, but the Habsburgs also showed their power by employing many of the finest musicians from across Europe including Jacobus Vaet, Kapellmeister to Archduke Maximilian II of Austria, whose music demonstrates an adventurous mind and impressive versatility. This concert commemorates the 450th anniversary of Vaet’s death with motets and liturgical music for the Habsburg chapels, with a work based on Lutheran melodies by his pupil and friend, Jacobus Regnart.

York Early Music Festival: The Sixteen at York
Tuesday 11 July 2017
York Minster
Directed by Harry Christophers


Poulenc - Salve Regina
Palestrina - Surge amica mea
Palestrina - Parce mihi, Domine
Palestrina - Surgam et circuibo civitatem
Poulenc - Quatre motets pour un temps de pénitence
Palestrina - Peccantem me quotidie
Palestrina - Kyrie and Gloria from Missa L’Homme Armé
Poulenc - Un Soir de neige
Palestrina - Credo from Missa L’Homme Armé
Palestrina - Salve Regina
Poulenc - Agnus Dei from Mass in G

The Sixteen returns to the Minster for a concert of exquisite music by two masters of sacred choral music separated by four centuries. Palestrina’s mass based on the famous popular song L’homme armé was hugely popular in the 16th century, when it would have served as a timely reminder of the coarse atmosphere of war. Poulenc was also affected by conflict, and his Un soir de neige, composed in December 1944, reflects both the inner feeling of peace associated with Christmas and the bleak solitude of another winter of occupation in his native France.

York Early Music Festival: Telemann's Fantasias
Thursday 13 July 2017
Chapter House, York Minster
RICHARD BOOTHBY viola da gamba

Telemann composed sets of solo fantasias for flute, violin and harpsichord, but although it has long been known that he also wrote and published a set for viola da gamba, no copy was known until in 2015 one was discovered in a vast collection of music in a castle near Osnabrück. In the 250th anniversary year of Telemann’s death, Richard Boothby introduces us to some of this long-lost music by one of the Baroque giants. Tickets
York Early Music Festival: Come & Sing Tallis
Friday 14 July 2017
Chapter House, York Minster
directed by Peter Seymour

What better way to celebrate a 40th anniversary than with Tallis’ masterpiece for 40 voices – and in the glorious setting of the Chapter House of York Minster! Members of the Yorkshire Bach Choir will lead us off – after that, it’s up to us all to enjoy the mad but marvellous birthday celebration!

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