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Are you looking for a space with a natural acoustic for a recording session?

The NCEM renovated to an exceptional standard in 2000, now boasts triple glazing, silent underfloor heating, dedicated artists facilities, soundproofing and acoustic treatment to tailor your sound.

As a concert venue for 180 people, the space suits more intimate ensembles and musicians perfectly. For live recordings or for studio sessions the NCEM adapts well and allows you to shut out the outside world and focus your recording in conducive surroundings.

With a range of well maintained early music keyboard instruments  (more details here);  we are able to offer a range of support services as well from session engineers through to catering and accommodation.

The venue is well used by a wide variety of early music specialists as well as jazz, folk and contemporary musicians. Recent recordings have included John Potter and Christopher O'Gorman (Hyperion) and Profeti della Quinta - winners of the 2011 York Early Music International Young Artists Competition (Linn). 

BBC Radio 3 uses the NCEM to broadcast its live Early Music Show as part of the York Early Music Festival and artists recorded by BBC Radio 3 for broadcast include countertenor Iestyn Davies, Phantasm, Gallicantus with lutenist Elizabeth Kenny, Paul O'Dette, Ensemble Medusa with Patrizia Bovi and Fabio Bonizonni.

The BBC Music Magazine's review of John Potter & Christopher O'Gormans 'Conductus - Music and Poetry from Thirteenth Century France' Recording (autumn 2012) gives great testament to the value of the church here at the NCEM:

 'Conductus proves that ascetic simplicity can be as deeply moving and aesthetically breath-taking as the most complex, heart-on-sleeve music ... It's hardly necessary to mention that the performances are superb, their precise diction well-served by Jeremy Summerly's production and Julian Millard's engineering. The sound is intimate yet resonant, closely-focused and detailed yet with an ambience vividly suggesting spaciousness'  

If you would like to find out more about how to book the space for a recording, please contact Gill Baldwin at gill.baldwin@ncem.co.uk  or ring 01904 632220.


'NCEM is the perfect space for recording chamber music: with plenty of space, and a warm acoustic that is clear without being clinical.  The sound-proofing is effective, and there are (importantly!) plenty of good places to eat and drink nearby.'  John Bryan, Rose Consort of Viols