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The 2013 York Festival of Ideas features a wide range of musical talent, from choral symphonies in York Minster to the soulful folk music of Ayanna.

Please note that most concerts are paid and ticketed.

Throughout the festival

Music at York Minster

13-29 June, York Minster

This summer heralds a busy year ahead for music at York Minster with the York Minster Choir and Organists, celebrating 1,000 years of musicianship at York Minster. You can hear our triumphant choir in many concert appearances and during Evensong, in addition to enjoying performances by the magnificent Minster organists.

Festival of Ideas offer: use code FOI2013 to receive 10% off all tickets booked during the Festival of Ideas. (Terms and conditions apply, valid until 29 June 2013).


Past concerts


Friday 28 June 2013

The first non-American to win the legendary Amateur Night Live at the Harlem Apollo, British vocalist, cellist and composer, Ayanna – a pioneer of Black folk music – is paving the way with her beguiling vocals which skip and swing over the intimate, honey-sweet cello.

Longmont Chorale

Thursday 27 June 2013

If you are looking for some culture during your lunch break, the Longmont Chorale, a community choir from Colorado, would like to invite you to their lunchtime performance at St Helen's Church. The choir will be singing a mixed repertoire from John Rutter's Angel's Carol to Sting's Fields of Gold.

ZRI - Brahms and the Gypsy

Sunday 23 June 2013

ZRI – the Red Hedgehog Tavern – where Brahms used to go and hear gypsy musicians play in Vienna – has inspired a re-imagining of his famous Op.115 clarinet quintet, re-scoring it with accordion and santouri (a type of cymbalom) for the rich gypsy flair that so inspired the original. ZRI weave the passionate sounds of klezmer and Hungarian music into the structure of the quintet, placing this classical masterpiece firmly in the context of the gritty tavern music that Brahms loved to hear.

University of York Jazz Orchestra

Friday 21 June 2013

The Jazz Orchestra's summer concert with Mark Bassey on trombone features the music of Ensemble Quintessence, Chile's most popular contemporary jazz ensemble. It includes a musical response by Ricardo Alvarez to the colourful festival of the Feast of La Tirana in northern Chile.

University Choir and Symphony Orchestra concert

Thursday 20 June 2013

Verdi’s great Missa da Requiem completed in 1874 is probably the best-known setting of the text. Hans von Bülow famously described it as ‘an opera in ecclesiastical dress’. A true vocal concert piece of the nineteenth-century tradition it is truly a requiem writ grand; it is filled with splendid horror, perhaps the most exhilarating of emotions, and as a result plays out as something which is much more than easy listening.

The 24: Festival of Nations

Saturday 15 June 2013

This year marks the 1,700th anniversary of the creation of the Edict of Milan (Edict of Tolerance) by Constantine the Great. Constantine was born in Niš and crowned Emperor in York some 30 years later. As part of this anniversary, "the 24" presents music from across Europe and beyond, including works linking Serbia with the UK, in celebrarion of tolerance - religious and otherwise.

Music as architecture

Thursday 13 June 2013

Join the students of the University of York Creative Performance Project, directed by Ambrose Field, as they unveil an evening soundscape of music, performance and video giving a usual musical perspective on York’s famous historic architecture.