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Student Involvement

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.

To apply please send your CV to Dr Delma Tomlin MBE at with a covering letter outlining the reasons you believe you would be suitable for the position.

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 awide range of people, including professional artists, agents and young composers. My experience provided me with an invaluable practicalinsight 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 developedwill help greatly to pursue a profession in the arts. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed my time working at the NCEM and was reluctant to leave - but I still hope to maintain links with the centre into the future.

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.