The vision of the National Centre for Early Music (NCEM) is to be the national advocate of early music in England, to promote NCEM as a significant venue for music in York and to positively engage with a wide cultural community.

The NCEM promotes public understanding and enjoyment of early music through historically informed performances, festivals and digital technology, supported by a clearly focused learning and participation programme, promoted locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.  We support emerging early music artists as they step from conservatoire to stage across Europe – and offer support to the wider English based early music community.  We promote NCEM as a significant regional venue for music and creative learning offering high quality concerts across a range of musical genres, engaging with a wide, cultural diverse artistic & audience base, to ensure that individuals from all walks of life have the opportunity to positively engage with music making.


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


Vicki Sumner
Finance Assistant


Emily Lynn
Events Coordinator



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. Paul became Chair of the board in December 2020.


Dr Simon Procter

Dr Simon Procter

Simon is a music therapist and music sociologist. He is Director of Music Services for the music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins, overseeing their education, research and public affairs work. He has worked as a music therapist in a wide variety of settings, publishes about people’s engagement with music in both English and Polish, and contributes to the training of music therapists in the UK and abroad.

Paul Tyack

Paul Tyack

Paul is Director of Advancement at Newcastle University and was recently Head of Institutional Philanthropy at the University of York, having held previous roles at the Anne Frank Trust UK, Shoreditch New Deal for Communities Trust, Family Rights Group and Barnardo’s.  Paul was a chorister at New College, Oxford, studied Music at the University of York and now sings regularly with the Ebor Singers.