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National Centre for Early Music chosen as part of BBC Performing Arts Music Fellowship Scheme

The National Centre for Early Music (NCEM) has become one of 19 organisations chosen by the BBC Performing Arts Fund to be part of its prestigious Music Fellowship Scheme.

This scheme will enable the young, York-born, soprano Bethany Seymour to receive a range of training, mentoring and performance opportunities within the York Early Music Festival and other concerts taking place at the NCEM as part of the year-long Scheme.

Delma Tomlin, Director of the NCEM is delighted to be working with the BBC Performing Arts Fund and to celebrate Bethany Seymour as a new Music Fellow of the Scheme. She added: "Bethany is an extraordinarily fine young singer who has considerable expertise in the field of early music and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to support her professional development as a performer. The scheme offers intensive voice coaching, language tuition and training in stagecraft.  Bethany will also have the opportunity to develop her skills as a music leader with young people, through singing leadership training with Early Years children and choral conducting training.  She will also work alongside the NCEM's teaching and learning team, helping to lead singing projects for children and young people. Bethany will perform in the 2013 York Early Music Festival and the Christmas Festival. We look forward to the coming year with great pleasure."

Bethany Seymour said: "I'm really excited about working with the NCEM over the next year and thrilled about the wonderful opportunities the BBC Performing Arts Fund provides through the Fellowship scheme.  Growing up in York, I've come to know and admire the NCEM's work well. I'm particularly looking forward to working on the education projects and furthering my skills as a teacher through leading workshops and directing young singers. The scheme also offers me a fantastic opportunity to give back to the community I've been brought up in. As a young singer it is wonderful to have the support of the BBC and NCEM. I feel very privileged to build on my performance career with their guidance."

The 19 Fellowships range from a singer working with Urban Development in East London to an assistant conductor with the English Touring Opera; from folk to pop; from Belfast to Exeter and all across the UK.

Miriam O'Keeffe, Director of the BBC Performing Arts Fund, said: "We are delighted that the money raised through the phone voting on The Voice will be used to support the support the next generation of musical talent.  Working with some of the most well respected arts & music organisations in the UK will not only nurture this talent, but will give the Fellows the experience and confidence to pursue their musical ambitions."



Press Contact:
Shona Galletly, on behalf of National Centre for Early Music
m: 07813 796 733

Editors Notes:

The National Centre for Early Music (NCEM) is based in a restored medieval church in York   Home of the internationally acclaimed York Early Music Festival, the NCEM promotes a year-round series of jazz, world, folk and early music concerts as well as a thriving education programme including the annual NCEM Composers Award run in association with BBC Radio 3.  

BBC Performing Arts Fund 2013 - Successful organisations and Fellows:

Baby People - Derby
Fellow: Ben Dew [Musician/ Producer]
Musician/Producer Ben will work with Baby J to develop producing, programming and event management skills.

Birmingham Royal Ballet - Birmingham
Fellow: James Ham [Ballet Conductor]
James will receive the unique opportunity to be mentored and trained as a ballet conductor with BRB (the only UK ballet company with an orchestra).
Bristol Music Trust - Bristol
Fellow: Abi Ward [Programming]
Abi is a young events manager who will be based at Colston Hall in Bristol with the fantastic opportunity to programme one of the main spaces as well as work on festivals.

CC Creative Workshops - North Shields
Fellow: Jordan Riley [Producer/Songwriter]
Jordan will receive mentoring, recording opportunities as well as training as a workshop facilitator.

Cheltenham Music Festival - Cheltenham
Fellow: Alex Wilson [Creative & facilitator]
Alex and his sextet will work with Cheltenham Music Festival on a weekend of workshops and performances for new composers at the Festival.

Drake Music - Exeter
Fellow: Bram Harrison [DJ/Musician]
DJ Eye Tech (Aka Bram) has locked-in syndrome and will be working with Drake Music to develop technologies to assist him in producing his radio show.

English Folk Dance and Song Society - London
Fellow: Maz O'Connor [Singer]
Maz (Finalist in Radio 2's Horizon Awards 2013) will be supported by EFDSS over the year to develop her profile in the industry, have access to rehearsal and performance opportunities and be part of the EFDSS showcasing both in the UK and abroad.

English Touring Opera - London
Fellow: Carlos del Cueto [Opera Conductor]
Carlos will be assistant conductor, receiving mentoring and support from high profile conductors and the unique opportunity to develop as a professional conductor.

Feis Rois - Scotland
Fellow: Amy Henderson [Accordionist]
Amy will be working with Feis Rois to develop a sustainable career as a traditional musician in the remote area of Northern Scotland.

Grimsby Minster - Yorkshire & The Humber
Fellow: Ben Crick [Conductor]
Ben will be musician in residence at the Minster helping develop a programme of classical music in an area that has little provision.

Haddington Pipe Band - Scotland
Fellow: Ailie Robertson [Musician/composer]
Ailie (Composer of the Year, Scottish Trad Music Awards) will work with the band to compose a new piece for pipe and drum band, a new and exciting departure for her.

Irene Taylor Trust - London
Fellow: Adrian Harrison [Singer/Songwriter]
Adrian, (AkA Fudge) will work with the Irene Taylor Trust to develop his song writing and musicianship along with facilitation skills.

Making Music - Wales
Fellow: Amble Skuse [Composer]
Amble will work with various community music making organisations including choirs and schools across Wales to develop new work combining traditional, electronic and community elements.

Moving on Music Ltd - Northern Ireland
Fellow: Ryan Molloy [Composer]
Ryan will work with Moving On Music to create new works for performance by the Danish String Quartet as well as develop a new series of late evening recitals in Belfast.

National Centre for Early Music - York
Fellow: Bethany Seymour [Soprano (Early Music)]
Bethany will receive training, mentoring and performance opportunities through the Centre and the early music festivals that they run.

National Youth Choir of Scotland - Scotland
Fellow: Andrew Nunn [Choral Conductor]
Andrew (Choir leader of Les Sirenes, winner of Choir of the Year 2013) will work with Christopher Bell, Artistic Director, to conduct a number of different choirs and ensembles, gaining practical and artistic experience.

Performances Birmingham Limited - Birmingham
Fellow: Jonathan Silk [Jazz Percussionist]
Johnathan will develop his skills as a drummer, composer and big band leader under Jazzlines, travelling abroad to receive mentoring as well as working towards a tour at the end of the year.

Scottish Chamber Orchestra - Scotland
Fellow: Shiori Usui [Composer]
Shiori will develop her skills and experience in education and outreach projects working on the SCO Connect scheme.

Urban Development - London
Fellow: Holly Smith [Singer]
Holly will be supported in developing her career as a vocalist with recording, performance and mentoring.