We explore the world of early music in the widest sense with specific specialisms in the performance of music from the 16th to early 19th centuries, issues of performance practice, musicological topics relating to the early modern period such as historiography, and musical patronage, and the production of scholarly editions.

York is a world-leading centre for early music and we have many links with the National Centre for Early Music and the internationally-acclaimed Early Music Festival. Research collaborations lead to recordings, concerts and events, and musicological outputs.

We offer unusual breadth and richness in the area of early music and our research is pluralistic, combining historical and post-modern approaches to the performance of early music, together with musicological and critical study. The department has its own Early Music Press which makes scholarly editions available to performers.