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NCEM becomes part of a large-scale European co-operation project

The National Centre for Early Music in York (NCEM) is one of eight major partner organisations from across the European Community involved in a successful bid to the 2014 Creative Europe Culture Programme.  Led by Ambronay Festival (France), the project - entitled EEEmerging European Ensembles - has been awarded a grant of 1,971,375 Euros as a "large scale co-operation project". The funding, which will be shared among the partners over 4 years, will enable the NCEM to enhance its support of young emerging early music ensembles by hosting six residencies at the NCEM in York between 2015 - 2018, supporting the biennial York Early Music International Young Artists Competition - which draws in competitors from across the European Community and further afield, and provides performance opportunities across the UK.

This dynamic new European project brings together eight co-organisers from seven members of the European Community: Ambronay Cultural Encounter Centre, France; Ghislieri Musica in Pavia, Italy; Early Music Centre of the National University of Music of Bucharest, Romania; Göttingen International Handel Festival in Germany; Ars Ramovš in Ljubljana, Slovenia; Riga Early Music Centre in Latvia; Ozango Productions in Strasbourg, France and the NCEM in the UK.

Delma Tomlin MBE, Director of the NCEM says: "As a result of this enlightened partnership with our colleagues across Europe we are delighted that the highly acclaimed International Young Artists Competition - held biennially as part of the York Early Music Festival - will be one of the main ways of discovering new ensembles. Our co-organisers will attend the Competition and will offer one or two selected ensembles the opportunity to proceed directly to the first year of the EEEmerging project.

"There is a startling lack of provision for young ensembles to spend time together honing the important skills of ensemble playing, far less any formal support in terms of organising and marketing their work. Through the EEEmerging project we will provide a series of fully supported 'packages' comprising training in social media, marketing and outreach work while offering essential rehearsal time to give the musicians an opportunity to work on repertory."

Young ensembles who are interested in applying can find out more through the International Young Artists Competition section of our website. 

By selecting and training the best emerging ensembles in Europe, the EEEmerging European Ensembles project aims to increase equality in the options open to young ensembles, to provide them with excellent working conditions and a network of places for training, along with specific support and guidance for their projects, and to help them negotiate the realities of the early music market in Europe. Ensembles will receive support over a 1-3 year period.

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The deadline for applications for the International Young Artists Competition is Friday 23 January 2015.
Applications should be sent to: The Music Administrator, National Centre for Early Music, St Margaret's Church, Walmgate, York YO1 9TL Tel:+44 [0]1904 632220, email:

The York Early Music International Young Artists Competition is supported by the National Centre for Early Music, BBC Radio 3 and Arts Council England, Yorkshire.

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

Notes to editors:

The York Early Music International Young Artists Competition, previously known as the Early Music Network IYAC, has for more than two decades attracted young artists from all over the world. Previous winners include I Fagiolini; Florilegium (previously Musikfreunde); Palladian Ensemble, Stile Antico, Le Jardin Secret, Ensemble Meridiana, Profeti della Quinta and 2013 winners Thalia Ensemble.