THE 2018 York Early Music Festival begins on Friday and already five events have sold out.

These start with violinist Rachel Podger and Brecon Baroque's festival opener, The Glories Of Venice, at the Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, University of York, on Friday at 7.30pm, followed by viola da gamba and director player Paolo Pandolfo leading the Paris 1689 concert at the National Centre for Early Music on Sunday at 7.30pm.

No tickets are left for the University of York Baroque Ensemble, directed by Compagnia d'Istrumenti, in Monday's 1pm concert, Barging In!, Handel's Water Music, at the NCEM and 7.30pm concert by lutenist Elizabeth Kenny's Theatre Of The Ayre, The English Vocal Resolution, at the Merchant Adventurers' Hall.

The final full house is for Hathor Consort's Dhrupad Fantasia, Gloriana and Akbar the Great, NCEM, July 12, 7.30pm.

See Thursday's What's On supplement for The Press's interview with Rachel Podger. The festival will run from July 6 to 14 with a theme of Power & Politics; tickets are on sale on 01904 658338 or at and the full programme can be found at the same website address.