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Theme: Performance

Join us for a plethora of performances throughout the Festival. From concerts to plays, there's something for all ages and interests.

What's on

Fri
26
Jun

In Fog and Falling Snow

Told by a cast of over 200, audiences will move through the National Railway Museum’s collections and end up in a new purpose-built theatre. Experience an amazing story about George Hudson’s struggle to build the East Coast rail network, brought vividly to life by the people of York.

Sun
21
Jun

Let Me Play The Lion Too

Join actor Michael Pennington as he is interviewed by Michael Cordner on how to be an actor.

Fri
19
Jun

Alan Barnes and David Newton in concert

A hugely entertaining programme of straight ahead jazz flawlessly played and interspersed with lots of anecdotes.

Fri
19
Jun

Carnival Street Drumming

An introduction to the carnival rhythms of Brazil through a hands-on drumming workshop.

Thu
18
Jun

Demons

A contemporary adaptation of Dostoyevsky’s novel by Hannah Davies and Tom Cornford with students from TFTV in association with Common Ground Theatre and The Fleeting Arms. Demons explores a small group of activists as they begin to grow. They are determined to fight the grotesque inequalities that surround them. But how can they change them and how far should they go? This production relocates Dostoyevsky’s story to the present day and asks what we should be prepared to do to make a new world.

Wed
17
Jun

Demons

A production of Dostoevsky's Demons.

Wed
17
Jun

University Choir and Symphony Orchestra: War requiem

Britten's War Requiem performed in the stunning venue of York Minster.

Tue
16
Jun

A Journey through James Joyce and Irish Song

Gerry Smyth and Matthew Campbell take you on a short trip through the history of Irish music, guided by that most musical of authors, James Joyce.

Tue
16
Jun

Blue Note: 75 Years of the Finest in Jazz

Writer and jazz producer Richard Havers discusses Blue Note Records, the iconic jazz label. An illustrated talk featuring music that tells the story of the label.

Sun
14
Jun

Demons

A production of Dostoevsky's Demons.

Sat
13
Jun

Demons

A production of Dostoevsky's Demons.

Sat
13
Jun

Kathakali: Family concert

Take a sleeping princess, her evil step-mother, a handsome prince, add the excitement, spectacle and bright colours of India and you have ‘Hima Sundari’ a story similar to Snow White.

Fri
12
Jun

The Whispering Road

A riotous roller-coaster of a story, soaring from tenderness to wild hilarity, all in a perfectly formed folk tale, The Whispering Road is a story you will never forget. An evening of fantastic story telling with Nick Hennessy presented by Serious Kitchen.

Fri
12
Jun

Sir Jack Lyons Showcase Concert

A showcase of some of the University of York Music Department's outstanding student singers and chamber music players.

Fri
12
Jun

Demons

A production of Dostoevsky's Demons.

Thu
11
Jun

An Evening of Medieval Poetry

Come join us at the resplendent Holy Trinity Church for a candlelit evening of medieval poetry recital in conjunction with the University of York and the Churches' Conservation Trust. With readings from Beowulf to Tolkien, share in the echoing acoustics of one of York’s best-kept secrets.

Wed
10
Jun

University of York Jazz Orchestra

The University of York Jazz Orchestra presents arrangements of the music of The Blue Notes.

Wed
10
Jun

Organ Vespers

Join St Helen’s Church for Organ Vespers, inspired by Secrets and Discoveries.

Tue
9
Jun

Discover The Armed Man: A mass for peace

David Pipe will lead a rehearsal of the York Musical Society and visitors can choose to listen or join in alongside members of the Society.

Tue
9
Jun

The Poet and the Spy

A feast of poems, both spoken and sung, by Shakespeare and Sir Fulke Greville, performed by lutenist-singer Helen Atkinson. Poems provided by Richard Rastall.

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