Celebrate with our Festival of Medieval Arts

imageWith only two weeks to go until the waggons roll out across the City, we highlight the festival of medieval arts which is taking place in the week around the two performances. From practical music making for young and old, to a hi-tech sound installation, to a special concert by the renowned York Waits, we hope you’ll enjoy these events as a means of enhancing your experience of the Plays.

You can book for all these events HERE

Medieval dance workshop – Saturday 12th July 1pm
Learn to dance The Moresk, a lively courtly dance from the latter days of the Mystery Plays
Central Methodist Church, St Saviourgate
Tickets: £10

Music for Mystery Plays (adults) – Saturday 12th July 4pm
Steve Rowley and members of the Pipe and Tabor Society share music they have discovered over their years of involvement with the Mystery Plays. This event is for adults.
Please bring your own instrument – the louder the better!
Central Methodist Church, St Saviourgate
Tickets: £6

imageLecture – Hearing the Mystery Plays – Monday 14th 7.30pm
For this fascinating lecture Dr Mariana Lopez has digitally recreated the soundscape of the medieval playing stations and, using special recordings of the text, enables us to perhaps hear the Plays as the citizens of York heard them centuries ago.

A digital sound and video installation will be in All Saints Church, Pavement from Tuesday 15th July to Saturday 19th July, 10am-4pm. Admission Free.

Lecture in St Helen’s Church, St Helen’s Square
Tickets: £5

Play Pipe and Tabor (adults) – Wednesday 16th July 2.30pm
Learn to play Pipe and Tabor with Steve Rowley and members of the Pipe and Tabor Society. Playing the pipe in one hand, leaves the other hand free to beat the tabor, and so, you have the original one man band – the pipe and tabor! Ticket price includes your own pipe to take home.

St Martin Le Grand Church, Coney St
Tickets: £15.00

Play pipe and tabor for children (9-13 years) – Saturday 19th July 2pm
A special version of the above workshop. Playing the pipe in one hand, leaves the other hand free to beat the tabor, and lo, you have the original one man band – the pipe and tabor!

Central Methodist Church, St Saviourgate
Tickets: £15.00

imageItalian Talami Presentation – Saturday 19th July 2.45pm. Free to view.
From the town of Orsogna in the Abruzzo, 4 tableaux will be presented, including one carried on the shoulders of 8 townsmen depicting bible storied on the the theme of ‘Love’. An insight into the Mediterranean catholic tradition of mystery plays. With explanatory exhibitions and cultural displays.   Deans Park, near York Minster.  Free to view

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The York Waits & Deborah Catterall – ‘The White Rose & The Red’ – Saturday 19th 7.30pm

As a fantastic finale to our festival, a concert of Music from the age of Richard III.
“We will unite the white rose and the red,” proclaims the Earl of Richmond – shortly to be crowned Henry VII – at the conclusion of Shakespeare’s Richard III… The 15th century was a great age of song and this concert includes some of the best examples from the period.

St Denys’s Church, Walmgate
Tickets: £5-£15

Mystery Plays Exhibition – open until end of August
Specially commissioned by Holy Trinity Church in association with York Festival Trust.
19th June and daily throughout June and July and August 10am to 4pm
Holy Trinity Church Micklegate
Free (donation to church appreciated)