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Music4U's Director, Delma Tomlin, awarded an MBE in the New Years' Honours List

02 January 2008

Music4U's Director, Delma Tomlin, awarded an MBE in the New Years' Honours List
Delma Tomlin, the Director of Music4U, the Humber Region Action Zone, has been awarded an MBE for Services to the Arts in Yorkshire in The Queen's New Years' Honours List.
Delma, formed Music4U in 2001 and her organisation, the National Centre for Early Music based in York, co-ordinates the Zone which is a partnership with four local authorities -" the East Riding of Yorkshire, Hull City, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire Councils. Music4U is funded by Youth Music with the support from the Arts Council England, Yorkshire. It is one of the longest running Zones in the country and has provided music making opportunities for over 22,000 young people across the region.
Richard Stilgoe, Chair of Youth Music, said: It is far too easy to think of organisations like Youth Music as belonging to London. Much of our very best work is done miles away in our 22 Youth Music Action Zones. One of these is Music4U and I am delighted that Delma Tomlin's years of work there have been honoured in this way."
Delma came to Yorkshire in the early 1980s to run the 1984 York Festival and Mystery Plays before going on to administer the York Early Music Festival and establish the now award-winning National Centre for Early Music based at St Margaret's Church in York. Her other major arts projects include the Beverley & East Riding Early Music Festival, raising of the roof at the Crucible Studio Theatre -" doubling its size - in the early 1990s and the sell-out stunning production of the York Millennium Mystery Plays in York Minster in 2000.
The National Centre for Early Music was opened in April 2000 thanks to a national lottery grant of £1.5 million and local funding raised by Delma in order to restore St Margaret's Church and create what is now a thriving centre of international significance for early music, jazz, folk, world music and music education.
Delma was delighted to receive this award: "It is a tremendous honour to have my contributions to the arts in Yorkshire recognised in this way. I have been privileged to work on some exciting and innovative projects over the past 25 years and would like to especially like to thank the teams of people who have worked and continue to work alongside me.
"The work of the Humber Youth Music Action Zone is particularly important to me. As consortium we have worked hard to bring music to life in the Humber Region and have offered and continue to offer music-making opportunities to many young people who would not otherwise have had the chance to participate. A particular success for the Zone was the development of the Community Musicians Practitioners Course, which enable us to train a group of fantastic community musicians who are now working on a range of different music projects in the Humber Region.
"I am looking forward to the develop of music-making opportunities within the Zone and to make provide quality music making opportunities for as many people as we can in the Humber Region."
Delma was born in Nottingham, attending the Manning Grammar School for Girls before studying singing at Trinity College of Music, London. After leaving college, she worked for various music agencies in London including Faber Music (the publishing home of Benjamin Britten) before moving to South to work at the Gardner Arts Centre at the University of Sussex. In 2000, Delma was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of York in recognition of her work in the City of York.
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Editors Notes:
This project was organised by Music4U - The Humber Region Youth Music Action Zone. Music4U is co-ordinated by the National Centre for Early Music working in partnership with the East Riding of Yorkshire, Hull, North East Lincolnshire and North Lincolnshire Councils. The Action Zones have been instigated and funded by Youth Music and are supported by Arts Council England, Yorkshire. More info is available at
Youth Music is a UK-wide charity that funds and facilitates music making for young people up to the age of 18, particularly those living in areas of social and economic need. By 2010, Youth Music aims to have reached 3 million children and young people in a UK-wide strategy to support youth music making. More info is available at