I Can Play


The National Centre for Early Music's I Can Play! programme is designed to share music-making opportunities for D/deaf children. This project builds on a long-term programme of research and development activity, investigating the levels of provision and barriers to making music for deaf children and young people in York, the East Riding of Yorkshire and Hull which was initially resourced through the NCEM’s Music4U programme.

I Can Play


I Can Play! York is a project that provides music-making opportunities for D/deaf children across the city.

It is a Youth Music funded project, run by the National Centre for Early Music in partnership with Music and the Deaf, Lollipop, the University of York, York Music Hub, and York Council's Deaf and Hearing Support Service. 

After the challenges of the last 18 months, we can’t wait to reconnect with our relaunch event, which is taking place on Sunday 21st November 2021.

Come and join us at our exciting upcoming event on Sunday 21st November

york disability week

This event is part of York Disability Week.

I Can Play! Music with Lollipop

The National Centre for Early Music, Lollipop, and Music and the Deaf are working together to present an afternoon of musical fun for anyone aged 0-18 with any degree of deafness from mild to profound. Play musical games, try different instruments, make friends, and maybe even have a go at composing! 

Tickets are free of charge and open to D/deaf children, their siblings and Children of D/deaf Adults (CODAs). 

I Can Play! Music with Lollipop

Date: Sunday 21st November 2021
Time: 13.00-14.00 and 14.00-16.00
Location: The National Centre for Early Music, St Margaret’s Church, Percy’s Lane, York. YO1 9TL

Accessibility: There will be a BSL interpreter at this event. The venue is fully accessible to wheelchair users and welcomes registered assistance dogs.  READ MORE >

Additional information for parents

We encourage parents/carers of Early Years participants to stay for the session (13.00-14.00).

We encourage parents/carers of Primary and Secondary aged participants to drop off their children at 14.00 and return at 15.30 to watch a special performance, before departing at 16.00.

If your child enjoys the session and would like to attend more free music sessions, they will have the opportunity to sign-up to become an official member of I Can Play! York.

If you have any questions, please contact jennifer.cohen@ncem.co.uk

I can play and download


Sing songs, make instruments, and play musical games from your own home by watching our videos.

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