The National Centre for Early Music (NCEM) is the national advocate of early music in England and a centre of excellence for music-making in the City of York.

The NCEM hosts three festivals of early music in Yorkshire, a year-round programme of folk, jazz, early music and world music concerts supported by a significant creative learning programme. NCEM boasts an enviable reputation for blending artistic quality, administrative excellence and creative diversity.

NCEM supports emerging early music artists as they step from conservatoire to stage across Europe with residences, the biennial York Young Artists Competition, a national composers award run in association with BBC Radio 3 and a Directory of Early Music Artists designed to support the wider English based early music community. 

Supporters of our work are encouraged to join the NCEM's Patrons Scheme - we offer opportunities to meet with artists, enjoy supper parties with like-minded individuals and a chance to really make a difference.


Delma Tomlin

Delma Tomlin MBE


Cherry Fricker
Director of Finance & Operations 


Hannah Witcomb
Events and Operations Manager


Janet Cromartie
Music Administrator


Lottie Brook
Learning & Participation Manager


Libby Burborough
Box Office Manager


Fiona McCaffrey
Box Office Assistant


Emily Lynn
Events Coordinator


Vicki Sumner
Finance Assistant



Keep the music alive in these difficult times


Professor Christopher Fox

Christopher is a composer with a life-long fascination for music from all eras and cultures. He writes about music and edits the quarterly journal of new musicTEMPO for Cambridge University Press.  Christopher also teaches at Brunel University London where he is Professor of Music.


Menna McGregor

Menna was Clerk to the Mercers' Company from 2008 to 2015, having previously spent 13 years working at the National Theatre. Menna holds a number of trusteeships including The Royal Ballet School and the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.  Previous trusteeships include Wilton’s Music Hall, the Shakespeare Schools Foundation and the National Foundation for Youth Music.

Martin Stancliffe 

Martin is an architect specializing in the conservation of historic buildings. From 1990 to 2011 he was Surveyor to the Fabric of St. Paul's Cathedral in London, and is now Surveyor Emeritus. He is chairman of the York Consortium for Conservation and Craftsmanship, a member of the Fabric Advisory Committee of York Minster, and a trustee of the Landmark Trust. He is also a keen baroque oboist.

Paul Murphy

Paul has worked in central and local government, and public and private sectors. Recent roles in York have focused on education, including NYBEP Ltd, City of York Council, and York St John University. He is currently a Non-Executive Director of the Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Mental Health Trust.

Mike Taylor

Mike has been a Trustee since 1998 and became chairman in 2007. Mike's background was in finance, having been the group finance director of chemicals group, Hickson International plc, and then of the Northumbrian Water Group plc.

Paul Tyack

Paul Tyack

Paul is Head of Institutional Philanthropy at the University of York and was previously Head of Fundraising and Development for the Anne Frank Trust UK and Development Manager at Shoreditch New Deal for Communities Trust, Family Rights Group and Barnardo’s.  Paul was a chorister at New College, Oxford and studied Music at the University of York. He is also a trustee of York Council for Voluntary Service and the Kohima Museum Trust and sings regularly with the Ebor Singers.