What’s on in York: Handel’s Messiah performed by the York Minster Choir

Experience the story of Christ through this celebrated and popular oratorio, performed by the York Minster Choir.
  • 10 Dec 16


York Minster

The York Minster Choir will be joined by internationally renowned soloists this Christmas for a special performance of Handel’s Messiah in the beautiful setting of York Minster’s Nave. The famous work was first performed in Dublin in 1742 and has since become one of the best-known and most popular English oratorios. What better way to celebrate Christmas than to experience the story of Christ through this moving and poignant choral performance?

The soloists for the performance are:

  • Darren Jeffery Bass – Baritone
  • Thomas Elwin – Tenor
  • Julia Doyle – Soprano
  • Michael Chance CBE – Counter Tenor

Tickets are priced at: Front Nave: £25 Rear Nave: £18 Side Aisles: £12



When? 10 Dec 16 at 7pm  

Where? York Minster 

How much? £12-£25

What’s on in York: Yorkshire Bach Choir: Bach at Christmas

Music – Choir Concert,
Sat 10 Dec 2016
Yorkshire Bach Choir

National Centre for Early Music

JS Bach’s Magnificat with its exuberant choruses, colourful orchestration and beautiful solo writing perfectly captures the divine joy of a pregnant Mary.

No less infectious, or musically varied, is CPE Bach’s stylish 1749 setting of the Magnificat which energetically reinvigorates the magnificence of his father’s earlier setting.

The ever-popular cantata BWV 140 Wachet auf (“Sleepers, wake”) is the ultimate musical wake-up call for Advent featuring some of JS Bach’s most memorable and timeless music.

What’s on in York: Ice trail in City centre


Sat 10 – Sun 11 Dec 2016

Ice Trail

Ice Trail

For one weekend the Ice Trail will transform York, sprinkling some magic across the city.

The Ice Trail is back for another glistening celebration of the city during the weekend of 10 and 11 December. Follow the trail to find 30 frosty figures made from crystal-clear ice sprinkled across the centre and surrounding streets.

Whilst you marvel at magnificent icy creations, you can enjoy festive treats at the street food stalls and sip mulled wine as you decide which sculpture is your next stop. The Ice Trail is a favourite in York’s festive calendar and the icing on top of your Christmas break in the city.

Don’t miss: The ice sculpture encasing a precious gemstone outside Bradley’s Jewellers

What’s on in York: Spiritato! at York Early Music Centre

Music – Classical,
Thu 8 Dec 2016

Spiritato!National Centre for Early Music

National Centre for Early Music

Beginning with trumpet calls straight from the battlefield, this vibrant programme presents baroque brass at its dazzling best.

Featuring virtuosic works by Biber and Schmelzer, the ensemble blends the martial sound of no less than five natural trumpets with inventive and reflective pieces for strings – a showcase of all the pomp and majesty of an Imperial Court at the height of its powers.