The National Centre for Early Music (NCEM), based in York UK, hosts 3 Early Music festivals and a year-round programme of concerts and educational activities.

National Centre for Early Music (NCEM)

The NCEM is a significant venue for music and creative learning, promoting high quality concerts across a wide range of music genres.  It is the flagship for early music in England, specifically promoting public understanding and enjoyment of early music through historically informed performances, three annual festivals of early music in Yorkshire drawing in artists and audience from across the world, and digital technology, with a thriving online audience worldwide.  


Based in a restored church in the historic City of York, NCEM partners with organisations throughout England and internationally to support emerging talent, through programmes such as our youth ensemble The Minster Minstrels, the NCEM Young Composers Award, the York Early Music International Young Artists Competition, and eeemerging+. The NCEM has developed significant expertise in the use of new technologies, especially for the live streaming of musical encounters for schools.


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.


We collaborate with colleagues looking at the benefits of music making to support mental health and respiratory health through a Singing Programme for socially isolated adults.


What York does specifically within EEEMERGING+

The NCEM hosts 2 residencies and concerts per year, organizes an international competition of young ensembles (2022) and promotes eeemerging+ showcases within its early music festivals.






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