Please help us make the NCEM as safe as possible for our audiences, staff and volunteers by staying at home if you have any of the following symptoms: high temperature; persistent coughing; loss of taste or smell.

In line with other arts organisations, we ask all our visitors and audiences to please wear face coverings at all times throughout the NCEM.  Please also wash your hands or use the hand sanitisers that are available.

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Venue Capacity
Following the government’s updated guidance released on the 19th July allowing venues to increase capacity, we are pleased to be able to welcome back more of our audiences to our concerts. Since the beginning of the pandemic, our audiences’ safety has been at the forefront of our planning, and therefore we will be limiting our capacity to 75% of our pre-pandemic capacity for our Autumn season, and will keep this under constant review with the hope that we will be able to return to full capacity by 2022.  

All of the York Early Music Christmas Festival concerts, with the exception of Bach's B Minor Mass, take place at the NCEM and run straight through, without interval, with a maximum capacity of 110.  The Bach B Minor Mass is promoted by Yorkshire Bach Choir and is being sold at full capacity.

Whilst we no longer have 1m+ social distancing in place, we have reduced the number of rows and increased the spacing between rows. Rows are of differing sizes and are a maximum of eight seatsAll seating is unreserved.

Face Coverings and Testing
In line with other arts organisations, we ask all audience members to please wear face coverings at all times throughout the NCEM, included when seated (unless you are exempt).  We also encourage audience members to take a Lateral Flow Test before attending each concert. 

All tickets must be purchased in advance.  You can request your tickets to be sent by post or emailed to you.  Please either print your tickets at home or show us on your phone.   

Please do not attend the performance if you believe you may be infected with COVID-19, have experienced symptoms in the last 14 days or if you have been instructed to self isolate.  

Refunds and Cancellations
Tickets can only be refunded if you are self-isolating due to covid or if a performance is cancelled.  If you would like a refund for any other reason, we will be able to do so if the concert is sold out and we are able to sell on your ticket via the waiting list.

The entrance to the NCEM for performances is via both the Walmgate and Percy’s Lane entrances. We will open the doors 30 minutes before each performance to allow time for staggered arrival and to avoid large queues in the foyer. We display the QR check-in for the NHS Track & Trace app.

We have increased ventilation throughout the building by opening external doors and windows for as much time as possible before concerts, during intervals and after concerts, and by utilising the air handling system in the church (no noise issues for performances).

Please arrive before the start of the performance as we will close the doors at this point to prevent any disruption to the concert.  The doors will open 30 minutes before each performance. 

Food and Drink
The NCEM bar will be open before the performance starts and during the interval.  To reduce interval queues, please order interval drinks before the performance.

Click here for the closest car parks to the NCEM. Onsite parking is available by prior arrangement only for those with specific access requirements.

Access Requirements
The NCEM is completely accessible for wheelchairs. If you have any access requirements, please contact us at to let us know in advance of you coming.

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