Whether you are a devotee of new music or an enthusiastic novice, this season’s Late Music York programme promises to be a memorable voyage.

Including eighteen world premieres, many commissioned by Late Music York itself, the series features a dazzling variety of composers ranging from the deeply contemplative Arvo Pärt to the ecstatically expressive Meredith Monk, via the hypnotic ritualism of Morton Feldman.

This year we celebrate the diversity of British music with the 70th birthdays of both Nicola LeFanu and Howard Skempton, both – we are delighted to say – having accepted commissions for new work from Late Music.

The classical music of today has a truly unique expressive voice, embodying the ambiguities, contradictions and plurality of the world we live in – it can be sensuous, austere or terrifying, but all of it speaks to the human experience. All evening concerts feature a pre-concert interview and questions with a featured composer, giving you the chance to engage directly with the artists and learn more about the incredible work they produce.

Women hold up half the sky

The 2017 programme comprises fifty percent women composers and performers and culminates in two major commissions from women composers. Nicola LeFanu will write a new work for the Bingham String Quartet concert on 2nd September and the genre-defying and truly innovative Errollyn Wallen will set Langston Hughes’ poem The Negro Speaks of Rivers, which will be performed by The Ebor Singers on 7th October 2017.