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As a charity, the festival aims to bring world class chamber music to our city. Each year in September leading musicians from around the UK and abroad, players of international standing, are handpicked by Tim Lowe the Artistic Director; all friends together who simply love to play!


Commenting at the end of the 2022 festival Martin Dreyer wrote:

“There is no doubt that the intensity of a few days working together, over several events, lends itself to an intimate understanding between the players. When talents such as these submerge themselves, the whole becomes much greater than the sum of the parts. It is – and was – exhilarating.”


York Chamber Music Festival tries to keep tickets at affordable prices not to exclude anyone. Under 18s come free of charge. Ticket income even if increased would not cover our costs, normally only about half what we need. The festival relies on support from friends and sponsors to bridge the funding gap. Please consider a donation to YCMF in order to ensure we can bring world class chamber music to the city for the next ten years! Thank you.

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