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National Centre for Early Music has been selected to be one of the Arts Council’s National Portfolio Organisation for 2018-22

The National Centre for Early Music (NCEM) based at St Margaret's Church, York,   is proud to be selected once again to be one of Arts Council England's National Portfolio Organisations for 2018-2022.


The NCEM - which is currently an NPO - has been awarded a grant of £270,467 a year for the next 4 years to continue to support artistic excellence in early music; support the development of young talented professionals and to encourage people from all walks of life to experience and be inspired by early music in particular, alongside many other musical genres including world, jazz and folk.


It will continue to run its 3 flagship Early Music Festivals in Yorkshire: the York Early Music Festival, the Beverley & East Riding Early Music Festival and the York Early Music Christmas Festival and two major competitions - the York Early Music International Young Artists Competition and the NCEM Young Composers Award supported by BBC Radio 3.  


The NCEM will also continue to develop its year-round series of high profile concerts and events in York, working with an ever-growing of number of committed partners across many different music genres as well as supporting a wide range of young people of mixed musical ability, through its year-round creative learning programme. 


Arts Council England rated the NCEM as 'outstanding' and 'strong'in all categories. NCEM's Director, Delma Tomlin, was thrilled to be included in the Arts Council's NPO portfolio for the next 4 years. She added: "We are a small and hard-working team, dedicated to bringing arts to everyone and ensuring high quality and enjoyable experiences. 

"We have some very exciting and ambitious plans over the next few years and will continue to build of the fantastic work we do people of all ages, from different backgrounds and ability in music. Our stunning medieval church provides the perfect setting for us to enjoy music.


"We would like to thank Arts Council England for its continuing support and also everyone else who plays a part of making this such a successful organisation, including funders, sponsors, partners, musicians, volunteers and of course our amazing audiences!"


More information about the NCEM and its work is available at @yorkearlymusic on Facebook and Twitter.




For more information contact:

Melanie Paris, Marketing Director
T: 01904 632220

Notes to Editors

The full portfolio can be found at                                  

The National Centre for Early Music is listed under York Early Music Foundation


Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people's lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries - from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better. We invest public money from government and the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country.