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Wedding Receptions & Celebrations

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Celebrate in Style
The National Centre for Early Music, set in the magnificent grade-one listed medieval church of St Margaret's York, is available to hire for wedding receptions, special anniversary parties, musical soirées and dinners - offering a stunning backdrop for all celebrations and events. Accommodating up to 100 guests, either for a sit down meal or buffet reception, the NCEM works with distinctive caterers who offer a wide range of wines and delicious menu choices to suit a range of budgets. Restored to the highest possible standards, this award-winning building provides an idyllic venue in the heart of the City with exceptionally fine facilities and set in peaceful private grounds. You can relax and enjoy our first-class venue whilst our friendly and welcoming staff will ensure that your event is a memorable occasion.

Wedding Receptions
The NCEM is delighted to welcome wedding receptions and is a short journey from the York Register Office and several nearby churches. The stunning interior and attractive, secluded garden are ideal for photographs and our expert team will work with you to ensure that your day is perfect! The screen in the foyer is available on request to show your own family pictures and create that very special personal atmosphere. The NCEM works with professional suppliers from florists through to wedding accessory hire and is happy to make recommendations.

Parties & Musical Soirées
The NCEM lends itself as a perfect venue for anniversary parties, milestone birthdays, family celebrations and musical soirées. With a beautiful, easily adapted space, supported by the NCEM's friendly team, it is guaranteed to create that special ambience for a memorable occasion.

Great Musical Connections
The NCEM has superb acoustics for music and runs an acclaimed year-round programme of jazz, folk, world and early music. For more information about concerts view our brochures on-line here. For your special occasion we can recommend Ceilidh bands, string quartets, harpists, early music specialists, rock & roll, dance bands and jazz musicians - whatever suits your musical taste.

Scrumptious Food
The NCEM works with Bradshaws of York, offering a wide range of delicious choices. If you hold your event with us, we will be delighted to make suitable introductions so that you can enjoy the finest food and wine on the best of days.

Venue Hire Costs
The NCEM can be hired for £800 + VAT for wedding receptions. For booking made from 1st January 2017 onwards the hire price will be £900 + VAT. For all other celebration events please enquire about prices.

Contact Us
If you would like to visit the NCEM and discuss your requirements in more detail or make a booking , please contact our Operations and Event Manager, Hannah Witcomb on 01904 632220 or email

Hire Pack and Booking Form
To find out more about our facilities and information on hiring musicians, caterers, florists and photographers and how to make a booking, please download our ' Hire Pack' by clicking on the link below. You can also download our booking form and return it to us to secure your booking.

Venue Hire Info Pack 2016.pdf