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The National Centre for Early Music (NCEM) offers work experience to outstanding individuals who gain invaluable practical experience within the field of arts management. These placements are usually offered to postgraduate music students over a period of one or two academic years. Candidates will be expected to have an enthusiasm for historically informed performance as well as a broad understanding of world and contemporary music and to be committed to bringing the best of their skills and abilities to the organisation. Excellent communication and organisational skills, good IT skills and the ability to prioritise and work to meet deadlines are essential for the role. Tasks may include assisting with artist contracts, organising travel and accommodation, providing marketing and box office support - all working part-time across the academic year. The flexible nature of the post allows the candidate to continue with their academic studies and the NCEM is sympathetic to the candidate's own rehearsal/performance commitments. Please note out of pocket expenses are covered.

Rebecca Parslow - September 2016 to June 2017
Working at the NCEM has been a really interesting and rewarding experience. Everyone here has been very welcoming and I have learnt a great deal about arts administration, marketing and how the venue operates. I have developed my range of skills over the course of a season of varied music at the NCEM, and have enjoyed seeing variety of events the Centre puts on and working with the people behind it all. This placement has influenced my desire to go into a career in arts administration, providing me with direct experience in the field and allowing me to discover more about this career path. Doing this internship has also led me to securing a placement in Events and Marketing next year in New Zealand, which wouldn't have been possible without this work experience. I am really grateful to the friendly and supportive team at the NCEM for making this such an enjoyable experience.

Annie de Gre
y 2014 - 2016
Being an intern at the NCEM for the last two years has been a hugely enjoyable experience and has taught me a great deal about music administration, organising events and running a venue. Every day in the office throws up new challenges and requires you to use your own initiative. The team are wonderfully friendly and I felt at home from my first day. I am hoping to make the most of the skills and experience I have gained by pursuing
 a career in arts administration, which I feel my time at the NCEM has prepared me well for. The Centre deals with a very varied programme of events and there is much to be learnt across all areas in this highly respected organisation, all within a friendly and supportive office.

Nathan O'Grady - Work Experience September 2015 to May 2016
From the beginning of my time at the NCEM I knew I was working in a warm and inviting atmosphere. Everyone who I came in contact with at the NCEM was so welcoming and I really felt like I was becoming a part of a strong team. My work focused primarily on finding the best ways to reach and invite different people to different events that we were holding whether this is concerts, workshops or other events. It was great to use social media to advertise events and also get out around York, coming in contact with different businesses and individuals who could help us promote ourselves. Finding ways to get the word out and attract an audience was something I found very interesting and I felt like my efforts were definitely making a difference. I've thoroughly enjoyed and embraced this experience and I'm thankful for all the things I've learnt from it.

Angelika-Rose Stangl - Minster Minstrels Intern 2015/16
Angelika became a scholar at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama after winning the Jack Petchey Award for 'Outstanding Achievement' in 2011. In that year, she also achieved a DipABRSM in oboe performance and went on to perform Mozart's 'Oboe Quartet' in Buckingham Palace, in the presence of Princess Anne, in 2012. Angelika is the Founder and Principal Conductor of the Johannes Ensemble. Orchestral playing forms a vital role in her life having played with various ensembles, including the Orion Orchestra, where she was involved with recordings in Abbey Road as well as a UK tour with Rick Wakeman's 'Journey to the Centre Earth'. Additionally she has taken part in side-by-side projects with the London Philharmonic Orchestra (violin), and the BBC Symphony Orchestra (oboe). Angelika is now studying at the University of York and hopes to embark on a conducting Masters in the future. Of her internship with Minster Minstrels this year, she says: "I am really excited about the new role as the intern for Minster Minstrels. Coupled with a passion for early music and a love of working with children, I am anticipating great things in the year ahead".

Claire Fleming - Work Placement Sept 2014 to May 2015
Working with the team at the NCEM this year has been a thoroughly enjoyable and informative experience. I have learned many key skills, which will benefit me in a future career. I have been given the opportunity to work both in the office and at events such as the Aesthetica Short Film Festival and UK Wedding Event, which have extended the range of my experience, while challenging my abilities. My placement here has directly influenced my goals, and broadened my horizons for the future. Meeting and working with a wide range of people, including artists and events organisers has given me the chance to discover more about the career path I am interested in. I feel very privileged to have worked with such a creative and friendly team this year, and to have had the opportunity to develop my networking and marketing skills in a supportive atmosphere.

Emily Lord - Work Placement Spring 2014
During my time at the National Centre for Early Music I have developed a range of skills and gained a large amount of work experience that shall benefit me hugely as I start my career in events. I have extended my skill set by both working in an office setting and working at several events, such as an Employability Workshop. I have also developed an understanding of how to successfully put on an event and the process leading up to such event, such as conducting research and marketing. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at NCEM and I am very grateful for the opportunity as not only have I gained a large amount of experience I have also had to chance to network and meet new contacts who may be useful for future projects.

Sophie Simpson Minster Minstrels Intern 2013/14
'Working with the Minster Minstrels over the past year has been a really enjoyable experience and I have learnt a lot through doing so. With them I have taken part in various concerts, including in the York Early Music Festival, in York Mystery Plays, at a Renaissance Seminar at the Minster Old Palace Library, in the Minster Chapter House and in the York Arts Academy concert at the University. As the Minster Minstrels Intern, I have had the opportunity to learn more about working with children and teaching small ensembles, and it has been hugely rewarding seeing them improve each week. My closest working relationship has been with the strings and together we have worked in detail on stylistic points such as phrasing, dynamics and bowings. We have had the luxury of enough rehearsal time to really get to the heart of each piece and be able to give a confident, polished performance of it. I have enjoyed seeing the children's confidence grow, on a personal level as well as musicians, and it's great to see their determination and enthusiasm towards learning a new piece of music. In my approach towards teaching, I have tried not to give the children answers, but to show them that there is no such thing as a wrong answer and encouraged them to not be afraid of making mistakes as it is the best way to learn. I would certainly recommend the role of Minster Minstrels Intern to other musicians with an interest in education and Early Music. It has been a privilege to work with this inspiring group of young people and I am sad to be leaving, but I wish the Minstrels the very best of luck over the coming year.'

Christopher Roberts - NCEM Work Placement 2012/14
The NCEM is definitely a welcoming and friendly atmosphere to work in. During my time there I made lots of friends and met and worked with a wide range of people including professional artists, agents and young composers. My experience provided me with an invaluable practical insight into the running of a major arts organisation. I worked behind the scenes on a number of tasks, including festival/concert management and education projects. The contacts and skills I developed have helped me greatly in securing employment as Administrator at Cambridge Early Music. I still maintain links with the NCEM in my new role and it is always a pleasure to go back up North!

Lucy Dearn - NCEM Work Placement 2010/12
During my time with the NCEM I learnt an invaluable practical skills set, which has greatly aided me in my application for future positions. As a direct result have been lucky enough to secure a PhD studentship at the University of Sheffield. The PhD requires both practical and academic knowledge of classical music concert series and the arts organisations that run them. The NCEM provide me with a detailed insight into the running and workings of a prestigious art organisation, an experience that I will draw upon in time at Sheffield.