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  • Join flautist and Head of Historical Performance at the Royal College of Music, Ashley Solomon, for some of the best early music performances the UK has to offer

  • Take in the beautiful historical surroundings of York’s buildings

  • Enjoy programmes from acclaimed artists across the festival

“Precisely the sort of holiday I was looking for with the right balance of activities and excellent concerts”

“Tour leaders were excellent, well informed, ready with advice but with a light touch”

- ACE customers on the 2023 York Early Music Festival tour with Ashley Solomon

Established in 1977, York Early Music Festival has been delighting audiences for several decades and is considered the ‘jewel in the crown’ of the National Centre for Early Music (NCEM). Every July a line-up of world-renowned instrumentalists, vocal groups and artists presents a sparkling array of works from the 18th century and before. Our 2023 departure featured performances from The Sixteen, The Marian Consort, Rose Consort of Viols, Dunedin Consort and violinist Rachel Podger; while previous festivals have included Ex Cathedra, the Gonzaga Band and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. 


There is perhaps no better environment in which to discover this music than York, with its assemblage of historical buildings, from St Margaret’s Walmgate, where the NCEM is based, to St Lawrence’s Church, the second largest religious building in York, whose old church tower dating back to the 12th century still nestles within the churchyard. Meanwhile York Minster, often used as a venue for festival concerts, dates back to the 7th century and is home to an awe-inspiring collection of medieval stained glass among its many treasures. Previous tours have also featured visits to Merchant Adventurers’ Hall, the beautifully reconstructed Barley Hall, and nearby Castle Howard.
This tour will be led by Professor Ashley Solomon, HonRCM, ARAM, Director of early music ensemble Florilegium, Fellow of the Royal College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music, and Chair and Head of Historical Performance at the Royal College of Music. Florilegium frequently perform at the York Festival as well as at venues worldwide, and there are few better experts than Ashley to introduce an ACE group to the wonders of early music.

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Full details, including the tour dates, cost and musical programme, will be released early in 2024. Please click here to register your interest.

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