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National Centre for Early Music awarded IMOVE Legacy Trust Monies

20 October 2009

 The National Centre for Early Music has been awarded monies to support a ground breaking artistic programme entitled NEW WORLDS: THE MANY ROUTES TO YORKSHIRE which will run from April 2010 - July 2012 and is designed to celebrate the forthcoming Olympics.

Partnering with some of the region's most prestigious cultural organisations - the National Media Museum, Harewood House, Alchemy, the City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council and the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, NEW WORLDS will work with the imove programme team to help transform the relationship between people in Yorkshire and their moving bodies through unique crossovers between culture, sport and physical education.

Delma Tomlin, Director of the National Centre for Early Music, said: "We are delighted to be working in partnership with such an illustrious group and truly believe that the project as outlined will 'make a difference' to the lives of the people of Yorkshire - inspiring them to search for their own Olympic goals through endeavour, determination and excellence in the arts.''

NEW WORLDS explores frontiers of the imagination, the intertwining of arts, science and technology, and the shaping of identities through the movement of people across continents into and out of Yorkshire. The project will be launched in July 2009 as part of the internationally acclaimed York Early Music Festival. Planned activities for the National Centre for Early Music include:

  • Search for a Star  - a project to find the UK's Early Music stars of tomorrow.
  • Musical Marriage - exploring unions between individuals, styles and nation states (involving all partners) and opening at the 2010 York Early Music Festival.
  • Games in the Park - an exploration of traditional games from different cultures played in public spaces in urban and rural communities, which require physical movement, speed, aim and ingenuity involving all partners including the National Centre for Early Music's educational programme - Music4U - the Humber Region Youth Music Action Zone.
imove is funded by Legacy Trust UK, an independent charity set up to help build a lasting cultural and sporting legacy from the 2012 Olympic Games. Yorkshire Forward and Arts Council England, Yorkshire, have also invested in the programme.

The National Centre for Early Music is funded by a variety of partners including Arts Council England, Yorkshire and Youth Music.


For more information please contact Delma Tomlin Tel + 44(0)1904 632220 or email