National Centre for Early Music

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The National Centre for Early Music (NCEM) is the national advocate of early music in England and a centre of excellence for music-making in the City of York.  Located in the restored medieval church of St Margaret's, the NCEM hosts three festivals of early music in Yorkshire, a year-round programme of folk, jazz, early music and world music concerts supported by a significant creative learning programme.  NCEM boasts an enviable reputation for blending artistic quality, administrative excellence and creative diversity.   NCEM supports emerging early music artists as they step from conservatoire to stage across Europe with residences, the biennial York Young Artists Competition, a national composers award run in association with BBC Radio 3 and a Directory of Early Music Artists designed to support the wider English based early music community.  You can view our calendar here.
Supporters of our work are encouraged to join the NCEM's Patrons Scheme - we offer opportunities to meet with artists, enjoy supper parties with like-minded individuals and a chance to really make a difference - to find out more click here.
*The term Early Music generally refers to Western-style music written between 1250 and 1800 embracing Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque and early Classical. It can also refer to a historically informed approach to the performance of music, both from this period and from later times (for example, the performance of Beethoven Sonatas or Schubert Lieder on a Fortepiano). Early Music can give fascinating insights into artistic, cultural and social history through investigation of the original context in which it was created. The exploration and enjoyment of Early Music does not focus solely on preserving the traditions of times past but also on embracing the music as part of a diverse contemporary culture.

Promoted by The York Early Music Foundation  Registered Office NCEM, St Margaret's  Church, Walmgate, York, Y01 9TL  Registered Charity Number 1068331  Certificate of Incorporation 3499629  VAT Registration Number 708709812